Finian's Rainbow

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Musical morality tale about prejudice directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Fred Astaire. He wears a ratty old cardigan instead of tails, a battered felt hat in place of a topper—but one glimpse of those agile feet and you know he's Fred Astaire. read more
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Musical morality tale about prejudice directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Fred Astaire. He wears a ratty old cardigan instead of tails, a battered felt hat in place of a topper—but one glimpse of those agile feet and you know he's Fred Astaire. The great entertainer sang and danced his last musical lead in Finian's Rainbow, director Francis Ford Coppola's exuberant movie of the 1947 Broadway hit. Astaire plays an Irish rogue who plants a stolen crock of leprechaun gold in the soil near Fort Knox to reap what he thinks will be a rich harvest. In tow are his spirited daughter (Petula Clark), a lovestruck leprechaun (Tommy Steele) and a bigoted Southern senator (Keenan Wynn) transformed by misbegotten magic. The treasurable Burton Lane/E.Y. Harburg score includes "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?," "Look to the Rainbow," "If This Isn't Love," and "Old Devil Moon." Watching it, you'll be in clover. Four-leaf all the way. 

Original Release

10/09/1968

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Cast

Fred Astaire Finian McLonergan
Keenan Wynn Senator Billboard Rawkins
Tommy Steele Og
Petula Clark Sharon McLonergan
Don Francks Woody Mahoney
Barbara Hancock Susan the Silent
Charles Carter Sharecropper
Robert Cleaves Geologist
Robert Cole Sharecropper
Willie Covan Sharecropper
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Francis Ford Coppola

Writers

E.Y. Harburg, Fred Saidy

Cast

Fred Astaire Finian McLonergan
Keenan Wynn Senator Billboard Rawkins
Tommy Steele Og
Petula Clark Sharon McLonergan
Don Francks Woody Mahoney
Barbara Hancock Susan the Silent
Charles Carter Sharecropper
Robert Cleaves Geologist
Robert Cole Sharecropper
Willie Covan Sharecropper
Martin Eric Deputy
Joe Evans Sharecropper
James Field Sharecropper
Roy Glenn Passion Pilgrim Gospeleer
Jester Hairston Passion Pilgrim Gospeleer
Louis Hart Man in White Suit
Robert S. Holman Lucas
Vince Howard Geologist #1
Bruce Hoy Sharecropper
Bobby Johnson Sharecropper

Producers

Editors

Melvin Shapiro

1969 Oscar Best Sound Nominated
1969 Oscar Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation) Nominated
1969 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
1969 Golden Globe Best Actress - Comedy or Musical Nominated
1969 Golden Globe Best Actor - Comedy or Musical Nominated
1969 Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1969 Golden Globe Most Promising Newcomer - Female Nominated
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