Circus World

1964, Drama, 2h 15m

6 Reviews 250+ Ratings

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When Matt Masters (John Wayne) takes his ailing circus on a tour of Europe, it's not simply to put its finances back into order. He's also there on a romantic quest to find his old flame Lili Alfredo (Rita Hayworth), whose daughter Toni (Claudia Cardinale) he raised. But both missions are put in jeopardy when the ship ferrying his circus across the Atlantic sinks. But the show must go on -- and Masters pulls out all the stops to make the tour a success and reunite with Lili.

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  • Mar 25, 2016
    It's a big production of a film, but still essentially a minor soap opera with the Duke running a circus/Wild West show. Despite the name of the movie, the traditional circus acts are given nearly an incidental status (except for the clowns) whereas the Wild West portions are shown in their entirety (I wonder why?). But Rita Hayworth as a tortured runaway mom centers and steals the whole magilla, elegant and magnetic in her matronly years.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2012
    Worth seeing for the odd pairing of John Wayne and Rita Hayworth. They actually interact well but Rita's part is minor considering her star status and the story is weak. Claudia is lovely but totally unbelievable as Duke's daughter speaking with her natural Italian accent while supposedly being raise by him, he of course talks like John Wayne. Not a terrible film but diffuse and without a strong point of view, that may be because the film was begun by Frank Capra and finished by Henry Hathaway so there was no clear vision as to the shape the film was suppose to offer.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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