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Though Streisand charms, she's miscast as the titular middle-aged widow in Gene Kelly's sluggish and over-produced final directorial effort. Read critic reviews

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In 1890s New York City, the bold and enchanting widow Dolly Levi (Barbra Streisand) is a socialite-turned-matchmaker. Her latest clients seeking assistance are the cantankerous "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau) and a young artist named Ambrose (Tommy Tune), who is in love with Horace's niece, Ermengarde (Joyce Ames). Dolly's scheming soon involves Horace's employees as well as a New York hatmaker, as she tries to cover up her own secret romantic designs.

Cast & Crew

Walter Matthau
Horace Vandergelder
Michael Crawford
Cornelius Hackl
E.J. Peaker
Minnie Fay
Danny Lockin
Barnaby Tucker
Louis Armstrong
Louis, Orchestra Leader
Joyce Ames
Ermengarde Vandergelder
Tommy Tune
Ambrose Kemper
Judy Knaiz
Gussie Granger, Ernestina Simple
Jerry Herman
Original Music
Harry Stradling Sr.
Cinematographer
John DeCuir
Production Design
John DeCuir
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  • May 11, 2014
    Its almost universally hated for some reason . . . as if making a big, goofy, fun musical was a crime/too old fashioned in 1969 (seriously, had it been released one year earlier I doubt it would have this reputation). Streisand's just so charming in this.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2013
    Poor Walter Matthau was old even when he was young. This is the opportunity for him to go through the motions and for Barbra Streisand to sing and dance around. It isn't entirely bad but it isn't a classic.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2010
    Wonderful musical, and Barbra is the perfect fit. Matthau is just as brilliant and silly as ever.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2009
    I had NOO Idea that Barbra Streisand could sing like that! wow...She was great in the role of Dolly just the way she is all of the time! Micheal Crawford was very good as well. He AND his chicken legs! haha. I've been listening to him as the Phantom ever sense I was 5 and now SEEING him and how he ACTS just makes me laugh and realize he must have great range! I love how he kinda stops and sucks in his lower lip, its just soo cute! '' Apart from Gene Kelly being a great actor he is also a very good director. Watching all these dance numbers i just think "ahhh i would be dying on the floor after the first 3 minutes" Exelent dance numbers.
    Morgan S Super Reviewer

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