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Year
1953
Runtime
112 min.
Director
Vincente Minnelli
Genres
Romance, Comedy, Musical
Rating *
7.6
Votes *
5,873
Checks
3,247
Favs
205
Dislikes
32
Favs/checks
6.3% (1:16)
Favs/dislikes
6:1
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  1. AndrewB's avatar

    AndrewB

    The last musical number is a must-see for noir fans. 5 years 2 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    There's something autobiographical about The Band Wagon, in which Fred Astaire is painted as a has-been tapping around in old-fashioned entertainments and being told he needs to reinvent himself. Was he feeling this in 1953 at the age of 54? If so, this flighty musical is a statement. It denies the need for reinvention and affirms the relevance of the kind of song and dance shows he does best. In the story, he is roped into doing a Broadway show with a maverick director who proceeds to change everything so it will become an "important" work, a premise that provides a lot of funny comedy, especially if you know theater people. We're told the original script of the show had "just enough plot" to hang musical numbers on, and folks, that's exactly how The Band Wagon works. At times, it feels like a collection of musical numbers the production wanted to do, plot be damned, but see, it gave itself permission to do that, so you can't get too frustrated. It's all worth it anyway for that expressionistic musical film noir number (the one that inspired Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal video), which is incredible. And look, Cyd Charisse is in this and I'm not made of wood. I don't think there's a more precise and beautiful dancer in all of cinema. 5 years 9 months ago
  3. Brantastic16's avatar

    Brantastic16

    Surprisingly enjoyable. I do like musicals but I didn't expect this one to be as good as it was. 13 years ago
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  1. This movie ranks #6 in BFI's 100 Film Musicals
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  3. This movie ranks #58 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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  5. This movie ranks #104 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  6. This movie ranks #172 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
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  7. This movie ranks #221 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
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  8. This movie ranks #228 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
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  9. This movie ranks #245 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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  10. This movie ranks #257 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  11. This movie ranks #268 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
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  12. This movie ranks #333 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
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  13. This movie ranks #345 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
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