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Circus World (The Magnificent Showman)

Circus World (The Magnificent Showman) (1964)

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Filmed in Cinerama and Technicolor, Circus World may have drawn the crowds for various reasons -- not the least, perhaps, for the big names. John Wayne stars as circus owner Matt Masters, who takes his show to Europe hoping to save it from financial ruin. Accompanying Matt, is young Toni (Claudia Cardinale), whom Matt had raised since her aerialist mother Lili (Rita Hayworth) left them years before. Just before he departs from New York, Matt is reminded that Lili may be somewhere in Germany.

Jan 1, 1998

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Heaven help all those other people who, deep down, remain to be convinced of the irresistibility of the circus. They're in for a terrible jolt.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The ONLY John Wayne film not currently available, and well worth seeing.

February 17, 2008
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This big, sprawling film, beautifully filmed in Cinerama, has Wayne as the owner/manager of a small-time circus.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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John Wayne goes to the Big Top in a Samuel Bronston produced film that has the Duke's role custom-made to fit his rooting-tooting western persona.

March 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Begun by Capra and Completed by Hathaway, Circus World is one of John Wayne's weakest star vehicles, neither entertaining as an adventure nor convincing as a family melodrama.

November 9, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Audience Reviews for Circus World (The Magnificent Showman)

Worth seeing for the odd pairing of John Wayne and Rita Hayworth. They actually interact well but Rita's part is minor considering her star status and the story is weak. Claudia is lovely but totally unbelievable as Duke's daughter speaking with her natural Italian accent while supposedly being raise by him, he of course talks like John Wayne. Not a terrible film but diffuse and without a strong point of view, that may be because the film was begun by Frank Capra and finished by Henry Hathaway so there was no clear vision as to the shape the film was suppose to offer.
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