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Great performances and evocative musical numbers help Cabaret secure its status as a stylish, socially conscious classic.



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Adapted from the Broadway show, this hard-hitting musical drama is set in decadent 1930s Berlin during Hitler's rise to power. The film chronicles Cambridge student Brian Roberts' friendship with the high-spirited Sally Bowles, a singer at the sleazy Kit Kat nightclub, where the anti-Semitic emcee sets a tone of debauchery.


Liza Minnelli
as Sally Bowles
Joel Grey
as Master of Ceremonies
Michael York
as Brian Roberts
Marisa Berenson
as Natalia Landauer
Helmut Griem
as Maximilian von Heune
Fritz Wepper
as Fritz Wendel
Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel
as Fraulein Schneider
Sigrid Von Richtofen
as Fraulein Maur
Helen Vita
as Fraulein Kost
Ralf Wolter
as Herr Ludwig
Kathryn Doby
as Kit-Kat Dancer
Inge Jaeger
as Kit-Kat Dancer
Angelika Koch
as Kit-Kat Dancer
Helen Velkovorska
as Kit-Kat Dancer
Gitta Schmidt
as Kit-Kat Dancer
Louise Quick
as Kit-Kat Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Cabaret

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (2)

  • Bob Fosse's direction is as chaotic as it was in his previous Sweet Charity, a desperate scramble after a style.

    Aug 12, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The screenplay, which never seems to talk down to an audience while at the same time making its candid points with tasteful emphasis, returns the story to a variety of settings.

    Jun 27, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Whatever this 1972 feature is, it's entertaining and stylish, though maybe not quite as serious as it wants to be.

    Jun 27, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Superbly choreographed by Fosse, the cabaret numbers evoke the Berlin of 1931 - city of gaiety and perversion, of champagne and Nazi propaganda - so vividly that only an idiot could fail to perceive that something is rotten in the state of Weimar.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • ...the context of Germany on the eve of the Nazi ascent to power makes the entire musical into an unforgettable cry of despair.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Everybody in Cabaret is very fine, and meticulously chosen for type, down to the last weary transvestite and to the least of the bland, blond open-faced Nazis in the background.

    May 21, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cabaret

  • Sep 03, 2017
    Liza Minnelli is fabulous and deserved the Oscar she won for her role in this delightful musical that offers great performances from the rest of the cast and keeps us always conscious of an inevitable darkness that lurks in the shadows to stand in the way of the characters' success.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2013
    The finest hour for everyone involved, "Cabaret" is both an excellent adaptation and stylish, incredible entertainment. Bob Fosse directs with as much gusto and audacity as a filmmaker possibly can, creating awe-inspiring sequence after awe-inspiring sequence. The song-and-dance numbers are really what make the experience so worthwhile, but the narrative (which deals with the rise of Nazi Germany) is just as captivating. Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey are both perfect, giving two of the greatest performances ever captured on film, and the songs are ever so catchy. (I don't recall there being one song I didn't thoroughly enjoy.) "Cabaret" is one of great triumphs of American cinema and is a definite must-see for film and theatre lovers.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2013
    Liza Minelli plays an annoying cabaret singer who turns a gay guy straight, gets pregnant (possibly by him, possibly by one of the other guys she was sleeping with) and then has an abortion. All while under the backdrop of a burgeoning nazi germany. Liza performs the title song well, but the bulk of the film is largely uninteresting.
    Devon B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2013
    Incredibly immersive. The most upbeat, quirky tragedy around.
    Kevin C Super Reviewer

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