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Director: Francis Ford Coppola     Starring: Fred Astaire
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40706078
UPC: 085391120827
UPC 14: 00085391120827
Category Keywords: Love Story  Recommended  Theatrical Release
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A leprechaun goes to america to retrieve a stolen pot of gold.
Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/15/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 145 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1968
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 11208
Video UPC UPC: 00085391120827
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Al Freeman, Jr.
Video Cast Info Barbara Hancock
Video Cast Info Dolph Sweet
Video Cast Info Don Francks
Video Cast Info Fred Astaire
Video Cast Info Keenan Wynn
Video Cast Info Petula Clark
Video Cast Info Tommy Steele
Video Cast Info Hermes Pan - Choreography
Video Cast Info Burton Lane - Music
Video Cast Info E.Y. Harburg - Writer/Lyrics
Video Cast Info Francis Ford Coppola - Director
Video Cast Info Fred Saidy - Writer
Video Cast Info Joseph Landon - Producer
Video Cast Info Philip Lathrop - Director of Photography
Plot 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.


Oscar (1969)
   Video Award Name Ray Heindorf, Nominee, Best Score Of A Musical Picture
   Video Award Name Fred Astaire, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actor--Musical Comedy

Golden Globe (1969)
   Video Award Name Petula Clark, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Actress--Musical Comedy
   Video Award Name Barbara Hancock, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress
   Video Award Name Barbara Hancock, Nominee, Most Promising Female Newcomer

Memorable Quotes

"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)

"I don't know where all you immigrants get these foreign ideas."----Senator Billboard Rawkins (Keenan Wynn)

"Fairyland was never like this!"----Og the Leprechaun (Tommy Steele)

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...[A] rich sound, swooping helicopter scenic shots and Fred Astaire cutting rugs in his final dancing role..." 01/31/1992 p.3D

Find-A-Video 5 of 10
Fred Astaire (brings) a touch of dignity and immeasurable charm...

Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 8 of 10
Coppola and an attractive cast work this imaginately-filmed...winner--perhaps the best

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Astaire,Fred
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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