My Fair Lady (1964)

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Critic Consensus: Fans of the play may miss Julie Andrews in the starring role -- particularly when Marni Nixon's singing comes out of Audrey Hepburn's mouth -- but the film's charm is undeniable.


Movie Info

At one time the longest-running Broadway musical, My Fair Lady was adapted by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe from the George Bernard Shaw comedy Pygmalion. Outside Covent Garden on a rainy evening in 1912, dishevelled cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) meets linguistic expert Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison). After delivering a musical tirade against "verbal class distinction," Higgins tells his companion Colonel Pickering (Wilfred Hyde-White) that, within six months, he could … More

Rating: G
Genre: Kids & Family, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Alan Jay Lerner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 5, 2003
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures

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Cast


as Henry Higgins

as Eliza Doolittle

as Alfred Doolittle

as Mrs. Higgins

as Freddie Eynsford-Hil...

as Zoltan Karpathy

as Mrs. Pearce

as Mrs. Eynsford-Hill

as Queen of Transylvani...

as Prince of Transylvan...

as Ambassador

as Greek Ambassador

as Lady Boxington

as Costermonger

as Costermonger

as Costermonger

as Costermonger

as Costermonger

as Elegant Bystander

as Elegant Bystander

as Main Bystander

as Cockney Bystander

as Hoxton Man

as Man at Coffee Stand

as Cockney with Pipe

as Daughter of Elegant ...

as Col. Hugh Pickering

as Bystander

as Parlor Maid

as Juggler

as Cockney

as Cockney

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as Cockney

as Cockney

as Cockney

as Freddy [singing]

as Cockney

as Cockney

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as Flower Girl

as Flower Girl

as Algernon/Bartender

as Footman

as Lady Ambassador

as Doolittle's Dance Pa...

as Fat Woman at Pub

as Queen of Transylvani...

as Footman at Ball

as Greek Ambassador

as Guest at Ball

as Ascot Type

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as Eliza [singing]

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as Ad Lib at Ball

as Footman

as Taxi Driver

as Mrs. Higgins' Maid

as Policeman

as Leaning Man

as Mrs. Hopkins

as Ad Libs at Church

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as Guest at Ball

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Critic Reviews for My Fair Lady

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (11)

For those who've seen the stage show, My Fair Lady give complete satisfaction and those who will see and hear the musical for the first time will be enchanted by it.

Full Review… | February 24, 2015
New York Daily News
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In this literal, beautiful, bountiful version of the most gilt-edged attraction in theater history, Jack Warner has miraculously managed to turn gold into gold.

Full Review… | February 24, 2015
TIME Magazine
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Despite all reservations expressed, I must make clear that his fantastically successful show has been converted into a generally entertaining film.

Full Review… | February 6, 2013
The New Republic
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A marvelous restoration of the 30-year-old musical, precisely the kind of high-class popular entertainment that Hollywood can't seem to make these days.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
Chicago Tribune
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A stunningly effective screen entertainment.

Full Review… | February 20, 2008
Variety
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Lerner and Loewe's musical masterwork, reimagined for film by director George Cukor.

Full Review… | December 13, 2006
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for My Fair Lady

Henry Higgins bets that he can turn cockney Eliza Doolittle into a lady.
The play on which this musical is based and the film are profoundly interesting. The conception of rhetoric and its relationship to identity are thoroughly explored. By changing Eliza's language does Higgins change who she is? Is that form of education robbing her of her independence and identity? Is that even what we mean by "education?" Should language be changed to fit societal norms? The film and play poses these questions and answers very few.
Audrey Hepburn is delightful as always, and Rex Harrison is the perfect conceited intellectual. The love plot is charming and made me smile more than once. The only problem I had with the film's performances is Harrison's singing. He more spoke his words in rhythm than sang them, but after a while, this delivery grew on me.
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I wish the story ended differently. There wasn't enough humility on the part of the love-vanquished Professor Higgins, and the final shot of Eliza getting his slippers made me think that neither of these characters learned enough.
Overall, this film is very good, a fine representation of its source material.

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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Pygmalion is a great film but not as charming as this My Fair Lady, a very adorable musical version of the same play full of delightful songs and with a splendid cast - but even so, Doolittle's change doesn't appear as gradual here, and the film ends on a rather vexing, sexist conclusion.

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Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

This is George Cukor's lavish, large budget musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's comedy Pygmalion, and the result is something actually quite spectacular. I've always looked at this stroy as being maybe a bit girly, but it's really not the case. It's a very entertaining, and actually quite hilarious (at times) look at class differences and finding one's place in life.

Rex Harrison is Professor Henry Higgins, a wealthy, cultured, and highly educated lphoneticist who makes a bet with his colleague Colonel Pickering (Wilfrid Hyde-White) that he can take an uncouth cockney flower girl (Audrey Hepburn) and transform her into a duchess by the time the Embassy Ball comes around. It's a tale as old as time, but a quite endearing one nonetheless, especially since several more versions have been filmed since this one, namely Pretty Woman and She's All That.

This particular telling of the story though is one that's quite special. It's rightly regarded as a classic, and one of the best musicals ever. I won't disagree. The music is great, as is the singing ,even though Harrison mostly talk-sings, and Hepburn got dubbed over by someone else. Now that's I've finally seen this version, I'm able to see yet another musical that has been quite influential on Seth MacFarlane, mostly with his show Family Guy. Not only did they make an episode that's a nonmusical remake of this film's presence, but Rex Harrison (his appearance, voice, and mannerisms) is one of the primary influences on the character of Stewie.

The story evolves as you think it might, with there being lots of ups and downs, trials and tribulations, and some successes as well as missteps. For the longest time though, the film prrogresses in a rather realistic way by starting to end rather bittersweetly instead of a sappy romantic happy ending. However, shades of this latter ending do start to rear their head, but not enough so to make me totally angry or derail things. Also, while a lot of the music is good, it's not all great, so these reasons are mainly why I'm giving such an otherwise extremely great and well made film a half star less than perfect.

Could the film be better? Sure. But not by much, As it stands, this is a very fun movie that's far more enjoyable and engaging than the premise might make it seem. The performances are iconic, the sets and costumes stunning, and the tunes are pretty memorable. Give this one a go. It definitely lives up to its reputation.

cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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