Hello, Dolly! (1969)
Critic Consensus: Though Streisand charms, she's miscast as the titular middle-aged widow in Gene Kelly's sluggish and over-produced final directorial effort.
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as Dolly Levi
as Horace Vandergelder
as Cornelius Hackl
as Irene Molloy
as Orchestra Leader
as Minnie Fay
as Barnaby Tucker
as Ambrose Kemper
as Gussie Granger
as Rudolph Reisenweber
as Fritz, German Waiter
as Vandergelder's Barber
as Policeman In Park
as Paper Ricker/Dancer
as Mr. Jones/ Porter
as Young Lover
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Critic Reviews for Hello, Dolly!
It relies almost exclusively on the celebrated eyes, ears, nose and throat of Streisand. Her musicianship remains irreproachable. But her mannerisms are so arch and calculated that one half expects to find a key implanted in her back.
Emphasis has been placed on extravaganza, when it should really have been placed on getting good performances out of a talented cast.
Gene Kelly directed, a long way from Terpsichore apparently, though not, alas, from the Thanksgiving turkey.
Streisand is a unique performer, with that inborn vitality which marks great personalities.
Audience Reviews for Hello, Dolly!
Wonderful musical, and Barbra is the perfect fit. Matthau is just as brilliant and silly as ever.
I don't think I have ever seen a film with more, glitter, sparkles, twinkles, frills and gilded over-the-top spectacle as in Hello Dolly. Simply the most extravagent Hollywood musical I have ever had the pleasure to feast my eyes on. And that is exactly what it is a feast for the eyes, from the epically spectacular songs to the huge sets and countless extras, Dolly is impressive. It is also so very sweet so much so that it is almost bitter, everything is so pretty and colourful. But Streisand steals the show with her amazing voice that never takes a breath. This film, made in 69, is really where old hollywood ends but it goes out with a bang!
Barbra is decades too young, it would be perfect for her now, but its still fun in its gaudy overstuffed way.
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