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About the Movie
In a motion picture designed to save the world from sanity, the legendary four-time Academy Award-winner Katharine Hepburn ("Love Affair," "On Golden Pond," "The Philadelphia Story") stars as an aged eccentric countess who enlists the aid of three cronies in perpetrating a zany plot to defeat the dehumanizing establishment and rid the world of evil. Co-starring Richard Chamberlain ("The Thorn Birds," "Shogun") and Yul Brynner ("The King and I").
A Beautiful Piece of Brainy Cotton Candy
A die hard fan of Hepburn, I rented this video on vhs, years ago and fell in love it! I know it is based on a play and that people really didn't like the film when it came out -- I admit, it can be a bit wordy and some of the themes are outdated; and yet, they are still relevent today. Happily, I love movies from the sixties and seventies. I am interested to see the scenery and the clothing and the film making of the era. The poetic language of this film is beautiful, as is the score and the art direction. Then there is Danny Kaye, who is incomparable, Richard Chamberlain, who was not quite the great actor he became but still, at this point, very good. Nanette Newman is beautiful and the cameos by Charles Boyer, John Gavin and Yul Brynner are all delish. And Hepburn. What an actress. What emotion, what diction. If you are a fan and you haven't seen this picture, I can recommend it. It's not LOVE AMONG THE RUINS or THE LION IN WINTER but it is, def, worth a look see.
I could not get through the movie
I enjoy older movies but this one was not one of them. The storyline bounced around or diverged too much to want to keep up. Through hout the movie all you heard was Kathy giving her often stage performance speeches.
Tour de Force for the Countess...
For all the "real "people; stellar performances by Hepburn, Brynner, Chamberlain, Boyer, and others, but the real standout was Danny Kaye's performance as the Ragpicker. Too bad the other reviewer didn't stick it out to watch the whole movie. A fan of Hepburn, yes, I would watch her read the phone book, but that is not this film's only appeal. It was a time of a more genteel way of doing things, when people took time to look you in the eye when speaking, when true love meant something. And when Good needed to triumph over Evil (it still does!). It is obvious that this was a film adaptation from the stage, and that some of the references are dated in their presentation, although the theme may be just as relevant as today...
I wholeheartedly endorse and recommend this film. Listen to the lines, enjoy watching fine actors doing what they do best, and enjoy! Everyone should see this movie at least once!