Finian's Rainbow (1968)



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In this film, set in the mythical Southern state of Missitucky, whimsical Irishman Finian and his daughter Sharon arrive in the community carrying a crock of gold, which they've stolen from Ogg the Leprechaun. Sharon falls in love with sharecropper Woody Mahoney and runs afoul of the racially-bigoted Judge Rawkins.

Rating: G (adult situations)
Genre: Kids & Family, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: E. Y. Harburg, E.Y. Harburg, Fred Saidy, E.Y. "Yip" Harburg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 15, 2005
Warner Home Video


as Finian McLonergan

as Sharon McLonergan

as Og, the Leprechaun

as Woody Mahoney

as Judge Rawkins

as Susan The Silent

as Buzz Collins

as Sheriff

as District Attorney

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Critic Reviews for Finian's Rainbow

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

A light, pastoral fantasy with civil rights angles, underscored by comedy values.

Full Review… | December 11, 2007
Top Critic

An underrated musical.

Full Review… | February 11, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic


Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A marvelous evening right up to its last shot of Astaire walking away down a country road.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It's Fred Astaire's last musical and a sorry farewell.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Not as bad as legend has it, but Francis Ford Coppola's film of Finian's Rainbow can hardly be called good

Full Review… | March 11, 2011
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Finian's Rainbow

Some great songs but it drags on forever.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


"Finian's Rainbow" was already out of date when it was made. It doesn't feel like a throwback, it feels like a big Hollywood musical film made just as they were going out style, and after most people put much care into making or wanting to see this kind of movie. Francis Ford Coppola was hired to direct, and I think his approach didn't really work. He wanted to go more realistic, but the material didn't call for that AT ALL, and so he landed somewhere in the middle, which makes this feel like a very middle of the road humdrum experience. The music is not only mostly bad, but almost every song goes on far too long. Coppola's earlier films from the 60s are weird, and it wasn't until he made "The Godfather" in which he showed what a skilled filmmaker he could be.

Ken Scheck

Finian's Rainbow was nowhere near as good as I thought it would be. The songs in particular were mostly mediocre, but I did enjoy Tommy Steele as Og the Leprechaun! (First and only viewing - 9/3/2013)

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