Words and Music (1998)





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The life stories of Broadway tunesmiths Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart are prettified for the screen in this film. Tom Drake plays Rodgers, while Mickey Rooney is cast as the dynamic, self-destructive Lorenz Hart. According to MGM, Hart's biggest problem in life was that he was never satisfied with his work.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Fred F. Finklehoffe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 13, 2004
MGM Home Entertainment



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Critic Reviews for Words and Music

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

some good song numbers

May 28, 2005
Classic Film and Television

Appallingly sanitized biopic of Rodgers and Hart.

April 11, 2005
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

June 11, 2005

Audience Reviews for Words and Music


There's some great stuff here, the music of course and the Slaughter on 10th Avenue ballet with Vera-Ellen and Gene Kelly is amazing. Janet Leigh is lovely and impossibly young but is given nothing to do but Drake is bland almost to the point of invisiblity and Rooney is frankly a major hambone here terrible and annoying beyond measure. The songs and dances are five star but the story, most of which is fiction, is one.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

If you're a fan of musicals this is a must-rent with a once-in-a-lifetime musical cast, including Gene Kelly, Judy Garland and Lena Horne


A cavalcade of perfect casting! Rodgers and Hart's music is worth every second of scene time alone.

Jennalynn *

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