Finians Rainbow

Directed By: Francis Ford Coppola Starring: Fred Astaire

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A leprechaun goes to america to retrieve a stolen pot of gold.


Studio Warner
SKU 40706078
UPC 085391120827
UPC 14 00085391120827
Format DVD
Release Date 3/15/2005
Love Story
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Editors Note
Note It's hard to believe THE GODFATHER filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola was also responsible for this charming, whimsical musical. Fred Astaire stars in his last full-length musical role as Finian McLonergan. In Ireland, Finian manages to steal a pot of gold from unlucky leprechaun Og (Tommy Steele). Finian and daughter Sharon (Petula Clark) journey to Rainbow Valley in America and join the townspeople there in defending themselves against the racist Senator Billboard Rawkins (Keenan Wynn). The buried gold becomes the lucky crock that helps Og, Finian, and the townspeople fulfill their dreams.
Plot Summary
Summary Twenty years after its opening on Broadway, the musical FINIAN'S RAINBOW made its debut on film thanks to Francis Ford Coppola. The movie stars Fred Astaire as Irishman Finian McLonergan, who steals a pot of gold from the leprechaun Og (Tommy Steele) and, with his daughter Sharon (Petula Clark), brings it to Rainbow Valley in the fictional southern state of Missitucky. Sharecropper Woody Mahoney (Don Francks) and the rest of the community of Rainbow Valley are fighting to keep their land and tobacco crop away from the creedy, racist hands of Senator Billboard Rawkins (Keenan Wynn) and his assistant, Buzz Collins (Ronald Colby). Og's magical pot of gold causes more trouble than good when Sharon's wish that the senator would know what it's like to be black comes true. The rest of the pot's wishes are quickly used up trying to undo the trouble. The hit song "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" is one of the highlights from the musical score. This was Fred Astaire's last full-length musical, and he is a delight to watch.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Ever since I was two years high you've been seeing leprechauns in the cabbage patch and rainbows over your whiskey jug."--Sharon McLonergan (Petula Clark)
Quote "I don't know where all you immigrants get these foreign ideas."--Senator Billboard Rawkins (Keenan Wynn)
Quote "Fairyland was never like this!"--Og the Leprechaun (Tommy Steele)
USA Today "...[A] rich sound, swooping helicopter scenic shots and Fred Astaire cutting rugs in his final dancing role..." 01/31/1992 p.3D
Francis Ford Coppola
Fred Astaire
Cast & Crew
Hermes Pan - Choreography
Al Freeman, Jr. - Actor
Barbara Hancock - Actor
Burton Lane - Music
Dolph Sweet - Actor
Don Francks - Actor
E.Y. Harburg - Writer/Lyrics
Francis Ford Coppola - Director
Fred Astaire - Actor
Fred Saidy - Writer
Joseph Landon - Producer
Keenan Wynn - Actor
Petula Clark - Actor
Philip Lathrop - Director of Photography
Tommy Steele - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1968
Catalog ID 11208
UPC 00085391120827
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 145 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Oscar (1969) Ray Heindorf, Nominee, Best Score Of A Musical Picture,Fred Astaire, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actor--Musical Comedy
Golden Globe (1969) Petula Clark, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actress--Musical Comedy,Barbara Hancock, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress,Barbara Hancock, Nominee, Most Promising Female Newcomer
ReviewSource Find-A-Video
Review Fred Astaire (brings) a touch of dignity and immeasurable charm...
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review Coppola and an attractive cast work this imaginately-filmed...winner--perhaps the best
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Astaire,Fred
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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