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Hello, Dolly!

Hello, Dolly! (1969)


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Release Date: Dec 16, 1969 Wide



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Twenty-seven-year-old Barbra Streisand seemed an inappropriate choice for middle-aged, match-making widow Dolly Levi, but her energy carries her right through the role and dominates the lackluster movie around her. The plot, drawn from Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker (itself based on a 19th-century British farce), is set in motion when Yonkers feed store clerk Cornelius Hackl (Michael Crawford) celebrates his promotion by taking his pal Barnaby Tucker (Danny Lockin) to New York City for a


Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy

Ernest Lehman

Aug 19, 2003

20th Century Fox

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A magical, old-fashioned musical.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It is a work of great entertainment, a product of an era when people looked up at a screen and saw movies instead of cinema.

December 15, 2009 Full Review Source: IdentityTheory

Inexplicably nominated for Oscars, Gene Kelly's last musical is a big, bloated, stagy film--despite the presence, charm and voice of Barbra Streisand.

March 24, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comment (1)

It doesn't escape the overproduction trap, not by a long shot.

February 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Splashy Kelly production with a too-young Streisand...but she's stunning.

October 30, 2004

More infamous for bringing Fox financially to its knees than for being the last major musical directed by Gene Kelly, Dolly! is one big-assed bull in a china shop.

August 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
Slant Magazine

Hello, Dolly! is one of those films from the late sixties that helped nail down the coffin lid on musicals.

August 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

Kelly managed to turn out a film that combined the worst elements of canned theater with the sillier excesses of the musical film.

April 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This is the movie that established Barbra as truly incomparable.

December 20, 2002
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Audience Reviews for Hello, Dolly!

Wonderful musical, and Barbra is the perfect fit. Matthau is just as brilliant and silly as ever.
August 4, 2010

Super Reviewer

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!
April 7, 2010

Super Reviewer

Barbra is decades too young, it would be perfect for her now, but its still fun in its gaudy overstuffed way.
January 9, 2010
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

My mom had a habit of dropping us kids off at the theater on Saturday afternoons so she could get in a little "me-time" while the three of us watched a movie. On this particular Saturday, we were the only three people in the theater. That could be because small-town, USA simply was uncultured and unsophisticated, or it could be that this movie sucked big giant ostrich eggs. You decide.
June 21, 2009
Randy Tippy

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