Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity

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Overview

Shirley MacLaine plays Charity Hope Valentine who, despite her job at a seedy dime-a-dance joint, is an incurable optimist. Charity never stops looking for true love and never seems to look for it in the right places. We first see her in the company of Charlie (Dante DiPaolo), a slimeball who steals her purse and pushes her into the Central Park pond. Next she stumbles into a one-night stand with Vittorio Vidal (Ricardo Montalban), an egotistical movie star; this comes to nothing when Vittorio's contrite girlfriend Ursula (Barbara Bouchet) comes calling, forcing Charity to spend the night hiding in the closet. Desperate to escape the dance hall, Charity heads to an employment agency, where a bureaucratic clerk (Alan Hewitt) informs her that she has no qualifications. Unhappily, Charity heads for the elevator, where she becomes trapped with the very shy -- and very claustrophobic -- Oscar Lindquist (John McMartin). Once they've gotten out of the stalled elevator, Charity begins dating Oscar, never telling him of her checkered past or her sordid dance-hall job. Oscar eventually finds out but assures her that it doesn't matter. However, at the engagement party held at the dance hall, Oscar's puritanical streak emerges. He walks out on Charity, leaving her alone and heartbroken once more. With the help of a group of flower children (among them Bud Cort and Kristoffer Tabori), Charity is able to pick herself up and start living "Hopefully Ever After." Sweet Charity was adapted from the 1965 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by the 1957 Fellini flick Nights of Cabiria.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2019
UPC: 0738329238278
Original Release: 1969
Rating: G
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Color]
Sales rank: 14,009

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Film Historian Kat Ellinger; A Girl Who Wanted to be Loved: A booklet essay from film historian Julie Kirgo; Edith Head's Costume Design: The Art of Exaggeration - Featurette; Sweet Charity: From the Stage to the Screen - Featurette; Sweet Charity: 145-Minute Alternate Version - Newly restored in 4K; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shirley MacLaine Charity
John McMartin Oscar
Ricardo Montalban Vittorio
Sammy Davis Big Daddy
Chita Rivera Nickie
Paula Kelly Helene
Stubby Kaye Herman
Barbara Bouchet Ursula
Leon Alton Actor
Toni Basil Actor
Larry Billman Actor
Chelsea Brown Actor
Lonnie Burr Actor
Jeff Burton Policeman
Kathryn Doby Actor
Roy Fitzell Actor
Carlton Johnson 'Rhythm of Life' dancer
Lance Le Gault Actor
Jerry Mann Actor
Joseph Mell Man on Bridge
Chet Stratton Waiter
Ben Vereen Actor
Lorene Yarnell Frog Dancer
Adele Yoshioka Dancers in "Big Spender" Number
Charles Brewer Young Man on Bridge
Herman Boden Actor
Richard Angarola Maitre d'
Henry Beckman Cop
Ceil Cabot Married woman
Dee Carroll Woman on tandem
Suzanne Charney Lead frog dancer
John Craig Man in Fandango Ballroom
Alfred Dennis Waiter at Chile Hacienda
Dante DiPaolo Charlie
David Gold Panhandler
Bill Harrison Baseball Player
Buddy Hart Baseball player
Sharon Harvey Young Woman on Btidge
Tom Hatten Man on tandem
Alan Hewitt Nicholsby
Nolan Leary Manfred
Diki Lerner Man with dog on bridge
Buddy Lewis Appliance salesman
Alma Platt Lady with hat on bridge
Maudie Prickett Nurse on bridge
Phillip Terry Doorman
Roger Til Greeter at Pompeii Club
John Wheeler 'Rhythm of Life' dancer
Jerry Trent Actor

Technical Credits
Bob Fosse Director,Choreography
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Robert Arthur Producer
Cy Coleman Score Composer
Federico Fellini Screenwriter
Dorothy Fields Score Composer,Screenwriter
Ennio Flaiano Screenwriter
Joseph E. Gershenson Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Stuart Gilmore Editor
Douglas Green Asst. Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack D. Moore Set Decoration/Design
Ronald Pierce Sound/Sound Designer
Tullio Pinelli Screenwriter
William Russell Sound/Sound Designer
Neil Simon Screenwriter
Peter Stone Screenwriter
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
George C. Webb Art Director
Bud Westmore Makeup

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