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(Guardian)   Top 10 movie musicals of all time. "Tommy" makes list, but "Clockwork Orange" declared ineligible on technicality   (theguardian.com) divider line 116
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2013-12-03 04:11:04 PM  
Not completely horrible as far as interns with spare time and interwebby access lists go but I would drop Tommy and Bugsy Malone and add Mary Poppins and Sound of Music.

It must be my nanny fetish and absent mommy figure showing through.  I would also consider Guys and Dolls and On The Town but I have a thing for brassy New York broads and the dopes that appreciate them and wide-eyed sailors.
 
2013-12-03 04:17:00 PM  
They left off several musicals that have won the Oscar for Best Picture...including Sound of Music and Chicago. Bad list.
 
2013-12-03 04:19:38 PM  
If Sound of Music isn't on there, it sucks.
 
2013-12-03 04:20:26 PM  

mrjared: They left off several musicals that have won the Oscar for Best Picture...including Sound of Music and Chicago. Bad list.


Chicago bought its Academy Award. It doesn't count.
 
2013-12-03 04:21:20 PM  
Most important thing is West Side Story made the cut. Would have been nice to see Gold Diggers of 1933 or 42nd Street on the list, though. I love those old things.
 
2013-12-03 04:21:42 PM  
LIST FAILS.

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2013-12-03 04:22:39 PM  
Replace Bugsy Malone with Chicago.
 
2013-12-03 04:23:54 PM  

MFAWG: If Sound of Music isn't on there, it sucks.


Came here to say this. I'd have given partial credit for Mary Poppins, but with no mention of Julie Andrews at all, this list is a travesty.
 
2013-12-03 04:24:43 PM  

Galileo's Daughter: Replace Bugsy Malone with Chicago.


Replace Bugsy Malone with South Park the Movie.

I wonder if Umbrellas is a good movie as I have never seen it.
 
2013-12-03 04:25:01 PM  
How could they forget Rocky Horror. That is the musical to end all musicals.
 
2013-12-03 04:26:00 PM  
Should be on the list.
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2013-12-03 04:26:44 PM  
i.imgur.com

Yeah, it's stupid but it's silly fun.


Plus I don't see people dressing up as the Von Trapp family or The T-Birds and shouting lines at the screen when they watch Sound of Music or Grease.
 
2013-12-03 04:27:04 PM  

MFAWG: If Sound of Music Once isn't on there, it sucks.


I hate Sound Of Music more than Hitler's mustache. And I hate Grease more than that.
 
2013-12-03 04:27:23 PM  
Apparently this list figured out they could generate more clicks with a flop then they could with a hit.

confusedmatthew.com

/Yes, I know it was technically a non-musical movie, then a stage musical, then an adaptation of said stage musical, but still...
 
2013-12-03 04:27:47 PM  
South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut needs to be on the list. Seriously.
 
2013-12-03 04:28:07 PM  
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2013-12-03 04:29:40 PM  
Jay Mohr just told the story of working on some movie or tv show fairly recently, like the last 5-10 years, and Roddy (or Malcolm, whichever one) McDowell *and* the pervy psychiatrist were both in the cast.  During a break in shooting, McDowell and the pervy psych performed the "sitting on the bed scene" where he diagnoses dude, and of course, grabbed his package.
 
2013-12-03 04:30:11 PM  

hugram: Should be on the list.
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Why? I'm a huge fan of Pink Floyd, but even I can admit that movie made absolutely no sense.
 
2013-12-03 04:30:21 PM  

MFAWG: If Sound of Music isn't on there, it sucks.


Why?  It's a really good movie, but overrated as a musical.
 
2013-12-03 04:32:01 PM  

Bukharin: LIST FAILS.

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I dont know if that counts as a musical.  It was a 90 minute vignette of music videos with a car chase.
 
2013-12-03 04:32:11 PM  
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2013-12-03 04:33:07 PM  
No Blazing Saddles?  Utter failure.
 
2013-12-03 04:34:17 PM  
No Disney animated movies? Not even a tip of the hat to Beauty and the Beast?
 
2013-12-03 04:36:11 PM  

adm_crunch: South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut needs to be on the list. Seriously.


Said exactly what I came to say.
 
2013-12-03 04:36:16 PM  

Saiga410: I dont know if that counts as a musical. It was a 90 minute vignette of music videos with a car chase.


I'm not sure why you think it's not a musical. Would Grease be disqualified because it has a car chase?
 
2013-12-03 04:39:36 PM  
a) List is Brit-centric
2) Totally fails without The Music Man.  That is THE definitive American musical from the post-war era, and it's even better on film than on stage.
iii) Meet me in St. Louis instead of Hello Dolly? Huh?
 
2013-12-03 04:39:50 PM  
no Wizard of Oz ?
 
2013-12-03 04:40:00 PM  

stoli n coke: hugram: Should be on the list.
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Why? I'm a huge fan of Pink Floyd, but even I can admit that movie made absolutely no sense.


Sounds like you watched it while under the influence of nothing...
 
2013-12-03 04:40:14 PM  
No Hello Dolly?

/You go your way and I'll go mine.
 
2013-12-03 04:41:01 PM  
I see that most points have been covered.

I'd place West Side Story well above Grease.
 
2013-12-03 04:41:51 PM  

hugram: under the influence of nothing


that's the name of my Fugazi coverband.
 
2013-12-03 04:42:23 PM  

Saiga410: Bukharin: LIST FAILS.

[www.retrohound.com image 544x400]

I dont know if that counts as a musical.  It was a 90 minute vignette of music videos with a car chase.


Clear plot, where music played an important part (look at the segue between the short order cook arguing with Aretha Franklin, and Aretha jumping right into "Think," or Ray Charles answering an argument over a piano's quality by sitting down and going into a song), Several scenes of actual singing,  Folks breaking into song and then going about their business like nothing happened...

Blues Brothers had most of the hallmarks of old school musicals.
 
2013-12-03 04:45:48 PM  

Coloman: I wonder if Umbrellas is a good movie as I have never seen it.


It is my favorite on the Love Theme alone.  Look it up on Youtubey (I couldn't figure out how to do it with the linky thingamabob) it may be a bit "chick flicky" for some people but it makes me sob like the baby Jesus.
 
2013-12-03 04:50:32 PM  

hugram: stoli n coke: hugram: Should be on the list.
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Why? I'm a huge fan of Pink Floyd, but even I can admit that movie made absolutely no sense.

Sounds like you watched it while under the influence of nothing...


Gonna have to plead the fif on that one.
 
2013-12-03 04:58:52 PM  
Tommy is a great album, but it's a lousy movie. On vinyl you don't care the plot doesn't make any sense. West Side Story is the greatest musical written, but the film is only 8/10 (cough Natalie Wood).

Omitting both Sound Of Music and Mary Poppins is stupid. Porgy & Bess is a millions times better than Bugsy Malone. The Wall is nigh-on unwatchable, and I say that as a Floyd fan.

I prefer Singin' to Cabaret, but it's a good top two.
 
2013-12-03 05:02:46 PM  
The Commitments.

You're welcome.
 
2013-12-03 05:07:02 PM  
Tommy is overrated. The song writing is pure genius. The production quality of the movie is crap.

As good as the other entries are, hard not to see Music Man in the top ten.

Honorable mention to South Park. Better than any musical from Disney in the last 40 years.

And Singing in the Rain not #1 relegates the list to troll status.
 
2013-12-03 05:09:05 PM  
Sound of Music
Mary Poppins
Gigi
An American in Paris
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The Court Jester
The Music Man
Yellow Submarine
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Oklahoma
 
2013-12-03 05:10:05 PM  

Bukharin: hugram: under the influence of nothing

that's the name of my Fugazi coverband.


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2013-12-03 05:17:13 PM  
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2013-12-03 05:18:33 PM  
All That Jazz was a great movie about making a musical so I think it deserves an honorable mention, at the very least.
 
2013-12-03 05:19:24 PM  

mcmnky: Bukharin: hugram: under the influence of nothing

that's the name of my Fugazi coverband.

[orsenwellsclapping.jpg]


oh yeah.  I've already printed up a t-shirt.


/"This Is Not an Under The Influence Of Nothing Shirt"
 
2013-12-03 05:19:31 PM  

Crewmannumber6: The Commitments.

You're welcome.


While there is great music in The Commitments, it doesn't really meet the criteria for a musical.  The actors sing, but they don't sing to move the story or develop the characters.
 
2013-12-03 05:22:57 PM  
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2013-12-03 05:24:13 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
Objectively, not a great musical.
We're allowed sentimental favourites, right.
 
2013-12-03 05:38:57 PM  

stoli n coke: hugram: Should be on the list.
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Why? I'm a huge fan of Pink Floyd, but even I can admit that movie made absolutely no sense.


How so?  I love The Wall, but the plot (and sub-plots) are fairly simple.

/I probably only love it because I saw it as a kid and was awestruck.
 
2013-12-03 05:41:48 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: [img441.imageshack.us image 720x364]


Good one. We have quite a few suggestions going, don't we?

I'd also throw in this. Still new, but Oscar winning, with a revolutionary approach to the music that's probably going to define musicals for a long time. Also, great music, and very nice production.

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2013-12-03 05:43:07 PM  

cherryl taggart: No Blazing Saddles?  Utter failure.


I'm guessing that falls short of what most would classify as a musical.


Coloman: Galileo's Daughter: Replace Bugsy Malone with Chicago.

Replace Bugsy Malone with South Park the Movie.

I wonder if Umbrellas is a good movie as I have never seen it.


I haven't seen it either but this isn't the first time I've seen it mentioned as being worth watching.


No love for The Happiness of the Katakuris?
 
2013-12-03 05:51:24 PM  
In no particular order:

South Pacific
Singin' In the Rain
The Wizard of Oz
Beauty and the Beast
West Side Story
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
Grease
My Fair Lady
Mary Poppins
Guys and Dolls

As for Cabaret: not very good, and not a musical. It's a film with some musical numbers, none of which are particularly connected to the narrative at the time. It's like saying that Casablanca is a musical (and the Marseillaise scene IS connected to the narrative).
 
2013-12-03 05:53:07 PM  
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