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Oklahoma! (1955)

tomatometer

80

Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

No consensus yet.

audience

75

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 30,567

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Movie Info

Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1943 Broadway musical was considered revolutionary for a multitude of reasons, not least of which were the play's intricate integration of song and storyline, and the simplicity and austerity of its production design. The 1955 film version of Oklahoma! retains the songs (except for Lonely Room and It's a Scandal!, which are usually cut from most stage presentations anyway) and the story, but the simplicity is sacrificed to the spectacle of Technicolor, Todd-AO, and

Apr 27, 1999

Samuel Goldwyn Company

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (1) | DVD (16)

The wide screen used for the Todd-AO process adds production scope and visual grandeur, capturing a vista of blue sky and green prairie that can be breathtaking.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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The film heaves and sputters from one indifferently rendered number to the next.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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My favourite is the odd cast singing 'The Farmer and the Cowman should be friends', a sentiment I have long believed in.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The film is so richly layered that multiple viewings become compulsive -- you think it's all there in front of you, but every time you revisit it, you notice something more, and finish with a desire to go back again.

December 13, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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A full-bodied Oklahoma! has been brought forth in this film to match in vitality, eloquence and melody any musical this reviewer has ever seen.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The wrong director, Fred Zinnemann, who doesn't have any sense for the genre, was assigned to this musical, but the tunes are glorious.

April 11, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Folksy and sentimental.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

It's a watchable, if hardly terrific, rendering of an innovative Broadway landmark.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

50 years on there's still an infectious charm about Oklahoma!

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

Pretty fun in spite of itself.

January 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

A solid Hollywood landmark.

August 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

A brilliant musical that still looks fresh today.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Efficient but not exciting.

March 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...Zinnemann manages to keep the pace moving in the right direction, and any small concerns one may have diminish quickly in light of the rest of the movie's delights.

November 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

if classic Broadway is your thing, you'll enjoy this movie more than the other Rodgers and Hammerstein classics that made it to the screen in the same era

November 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Changed the face of the musical… After The Sound of Music, it's the best-loved Rogers & Hammerstein film adaptation, deservedly so.

January 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Whatever your interest in the sexual politics of the 1950s musical, this is a good-looking, sweet-sounding piece that'll surely have you hot under the collar.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for Oklahoma!

Superior filming of great R&H musical with Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae ideally cast in the leads. They share a great chemistry but even better their voices blend beautifully together on the top notch score. Gloria Grahame was considered miscast at the time as Ado Annie due to her supremacy as a film noir fixture but she is charmingly coquettish and addlepated. However she was apparently a terror to work with on the picture engendering the animosity of cast and crew and damaging her reputation and career which never fully recovered. Eddie Albert and Charlotte Greenwood provide nice bits of humor as Ali Hakim and Aunt Eller with Rod Steiger is a terrifically dark and menacing Jud Fry. Highly stylized this has gorgeous production and costume design all filmed in widescreen Todd-AO and Technicolor, a fantastic entertainment of the type that Hollywood has forgotten how to make.
February 13, 2012
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jay nixon

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The classic western musical. First of all I don't like westerns and second I'm not a big fan of musicals (I only like certain ones). So, I didn't enjoy this movie. It's not a bad movie, I think it's good that they mixed the genres (it's also a romantic comedy), I just didn't care for it.
November 10, 2010
ajv2688

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yes i admit i love this movie. shot on location... in arizona!
July 5, 2010
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Stella Dallas

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Pure escapism. My favorite Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.
June 19, 2010
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Randy Tippy

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