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Singin' in the Rain

8.31 h 42 min1952X-RayU
In this classic rom com/musical, Don and Lina are a famous movie pair but Lina mistakes their on-screen romance for real love. When their latest film is transformed into a musical, Don has the perfect voice for the songs but Lina is dubbed by aspiring actress Kathy. Of course Don falls for her...
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Jean HagenDonald O'ConnorMillard Mitchell
Arthur Freed
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4.8 out of 5 stars

4408 global ratings

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Antonio RobertReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 June 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A one-of-a-kind musical
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This movie regularly occupies top spots in various "Top 100" polls or other surveys, and deservedly so. It is widely considered the best musical ever made. Interestingly, it came on the heels of the Best Picture Oscar winner "An American in Paris" (1951) with much the same crew behind it. At Oscars 1952 it caused no major splash, but with time, it overtook all its genre peers and achieved a higher level of timelessness that any other musical. Why?
For more reasons. First of all, musical and dancing numbers are top-class, fitting into the story very well – the songs are not just excuses and departs from the story, as is the case in many musicals. Secondly, the trio of leads are marvellous. Gene Kelly is, of course, in a class of his own (he had high fever while shooting the famous rain scene but it never shows), but Debbie Reynolds (mother of Carrie Fisher) and Don O'Connor with his very difficult dance routines more than hold their own against Kelly.
And what may be the most important reason – this is one of those rare cases when "film about the film" makes history. Up to par with any of the later greats of this kind (such as "8 1/2" by Fellini or "Day for Night" by Truffaut), it presents the bumpy start of the "talkies", their wrestling with people's mistrust back in the late 1920's. Moreover, the historical age for the cinema is presented in a comic manner with a bunch of romance thrown in. What more could you ask for? This movie is able to bear many, many viewings. And the 2-DVD version offers a handful of other interesting documentaries and rarities.
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HamsterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 July 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great singing and dancing (mind the sexism)
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This was recommended as a classic and didn't disappoint. My five-year-old and I both enjoyed it, despite the grown-up themes, as there was enough funny stuff in there. There's some nastiness against women though, so proceed with caution. (The song about being beautiful and wearing dresses, and the mocking of the actress's voice and humiliation of her at the end.)
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stephen mossReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 January 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Timelessly perfect, entertaining and top of game performances
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Script and direction are imaginative, sharp dialogue (it is a satire) and editing are outstanding. Performances are top of game. Great songs, superbly staged. Creative, very funny. I sat with a big 'smile on on my face' (literally). Dancing (unbelievably inventive and performed with great panache) and the imaginative way the dancing was shot (long takes with few edits) was just one high point after another and at times breathtakingly exciting.

I am biased: I love this film and have seen it 30+ times over 50 years. But it stands out as a top 5 musical film. And if you like gorgeous, clever design and technicolour immersion, then you'll definitely love this.
John SmalesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
The jolliest musical ever with the best dancing
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Every aspect of this film is lighthearted and cheerful and leads to happiness. The singing and dancing of Gene Kelly, wonderfully supported by Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor are inspiring, the pace is ideal and the plot simple but engaging. There are no attempts at social engineering, no racial sneers, no violence, no theft, no adultery, just people solving a (non) problem in an amusing, imaginative and happy way. Balm to the spirit. If I were told I could only watch one musical ever again this is the one I would choose.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 January 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
A damaged disc
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The film itself is a classic and the second disc with the extra (which wasn't damaged) was very illuminating.
But it was impossible to enjoy the film with all the pauses and hesitations on the disc. I counted 11 in just one small screen. It had been advertised as "Used - Very Good" - if not I wouldn't have bought it. I'm surprised as Music Magpie are usually a very good retailer. (Incidentally I'm still waiting for my refund, some 7/10 days after I returned it).
Michael Paul SmithReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 November 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful in every possible way...
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Just one of those MGM film musicals which you'll enjoy time after time. Anyone with a heart can't possibly resist the mixture of skill, excitement and sheer joy of this movie. They certainly don't make 'em like this anymore. Each song is a feast for the eyes as well as the ears and when Donald O'Connor performs 'Make 'Em Laugh' you'll be rapt - he walks up a wall!

If you've never seen this movie then you're in for a real, unsurpassable treat. One of the best musicals of all time. No hyperbole, no exaggeration.
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Darth MaciekReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 September 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
A film which achieved immortality and eternal youth - now with a bonus second disc
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There is only one thing that needs to be said about "Singin' in the rain": it is a beautiful masterpiece, produced to make people "happy again" - and which succeeds in doing it again and again, since more than 60 years now! Enough said. If you saw this film, you know enough about it - and if you didn't see it yet, shame on you! Do it immediately!

In this 2-disc edition we have a good copy of the film itself with numerous subtitles available and that includes English for sound impaired. The bonuses on the second disc are really worth watching, especially "Musicals, great musicals". Enjoy!

Not having much to say about this wonderful film which most people know anyway, I would like to write a little more about the actors, who offered us this beautiful thing. Sadly, most of them departed since to join Lord's great troupe in heavens...

The first to go was Millard Mitchell, who plays R.F Simpson, the tough but mostly benevolent boss of Monumental Pictures. Known also from films like "Twelve o'clock high" and "Winchester 73", lifelong heavy smoker Mitchell died from lung cancer one year after starring in this film, on 13 October 1953. He was 50 years old.

Jean Hagen, a girl from Chicago, a very beautiful and talented actress who plays the crucially important and totally despicable character of Lina Lamont, was already well known from her great role in "The Asphalt Jungle". After "Singin' in the rain" she played a lot and made again quite a splash in "The big knife" in 1955. She had to interrupt her career because of serious illness in 1964. As soon as she became ill her husband of 18 years dumped her and sued for divorce. She spend almost all the rest of her life in various hospitals and a convalescent home, before dying in 1977, at the age of 54, after losing a long battle against throat cancer. In this film she really doesn't have an easy role but she performed PERFECTLY - as consequence her character, Lina Lamont, is probably the most despicable, most ridiculous, dumbest, meanest bitch in all history of cinema! It took a REAL talent to play THAT!

The legendary Gene Kelly, one of the greatest dancers and singers in whole history of cinema, who plays here the main masculine character of Don Lockwood, remained a great Hollywood star for many years, but mostly bowed out from big screen after the end of musicals era in 1960. As an old man he finally confessed a little secret to a journalist - when performing the legendary scene of singing the song "Singing in the rain" and splashing through water puddles, he was running a 39,8° fever! Gene Kelly died in 1996, aged 83.

Douglas Fowley, who plays here the small but important (and extremely funny) role of hyperactive, overstressed and overworked director Roscoe Dexter, had a long and succesful career playing mostly second roles in Hollywood and then continued into an even more succesful career on TV. He died in 1998, just before his 87th birthday, leaving behind 3 children - and SEVEN former wives!

Donald O'Connor, who plays Cosmo Brown, a singing, dancing, piano playing entertainer - and who needed three days of medical rest after performing the splendid "Make them laugh" song and dance in this film - also had a long and succesful career. He died in 2003, aged 78, survived by Gloria, his wife of 47 years as well as by four children.

Cyd Charisse, a girl from Amarillo, Texas, was, as everybody knows, THE one exception in world's history to the rule "even the longest legs have an end"...))) Her legendary career started with this film - in fact soon after an insurance company accepted to insure her legs for FIVE million dollars (1952 dollars!). She danced a lot more in the 50s, mostly with Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, before taking more or less an early retirement when musicals went out of fashin after 1960. A tough and clever great lady, a lifelong member of Republican Party, she lived a long and happy life and left us in 2008, aged 87, survived by Tony, her husband of 60(!) years, two children and two grandchildren.

Debbie Reynolds, a girl from El Paso, Texas, the youngest cast member (born in 1932 she was barely 20 years old then), who plays the main feminine role of Kathy Selden, played a lot after this film, even if she never scored such a hit again. The world and the whole humanity owe her two great things - "Singin' in the Rain" and Princess Leia (yes, she is Carrie Fisher's mum!). She is still with us as of September 2013 - and may she live 100 years and more!

This is a great and wonderful film, which will never age and will never be forgotten. I am so grateful to all people who made it - they left behind them a great gift to us all. THANK YOU!
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Chris Rhydderch MBATD AIDTAReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 July 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
"What A Glorious... BOX SET!!!"
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After seeing the 60th Anniversary Ultimate Collection box set promoted on the internet I was very keen to get my hands on one and now I have, it doesn't disappoint in the slightest!!!!

The 60th Anniversary box set was obviously given lots of thought by Warner Bros. as it's been put together extremely well indeed and presented just beautifully!! Even the little finishing touches are particulary amazing (the raindrops on the outer sleeve and the embossed umbrella silhouettes all over the box, book and DVD packaging as well!!). In this superb collection you get a very interesting hard back book about the film and the actors involved, replicas of the original movie theatre posters (in minature form of course!!) three discs (2 DVDs and 1 Blu-Ray - the 2 DVDs are the same as the 50th Anniversary box set DVDs) and although they are region 1 I was still able to watch them on my PC!! As Amazon tells us, not all multi-region DVDs play on all multi-region DVD players so do be aware of that before buying!! And finally you also get a smashing 60th Anniversary umbrella as well (with a really cool little umbrella charm attached to the handle!!). I can SO envisage myself dancing down the road with my 'Singin In The Rain' umbrella!!!!

All in all I'd say that this is a fantastic collectors edition of one othe greatest movie musicals of all time, so it's really worth buying!! And of course the movie is just brilliant as well and proves that it really is a timeless classic!! I've lost count of the amount of times I've watched the movie, however I never get bored of it!! Now that's the sign of a true classic in my opinion!!!!

It's safe to say that if you get hold of this amazing box set you won't be disappointed!!

It cetainly put "A SMILE ON MY FACE"!!!!
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