Sweet Charity

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In this musical, Charity Hope Valentine is an incurable optimist, despite her job at a seedy dance joint. Charity never stops looking for true love and never seems to look for it in the right places. Desperate to escape the dance hall, Charity heads to an employment agency.


Shirley MacLaine
as Charity Hope Valentine
Sammy Davis Jr.
as Big Daddy
Suzanne Charney
as Lead frog dancer
Alan Hewitt
as Nicholsby
John Wheeler
as Dancers in "Rythmn of Life" Number
Kay Sutton York
as Dancers in "Rythmn of Life" Number
John Craig
as Man in Fandango Ballroom
Dee Carroll
as Woman on tandem
Tom Hatten
as Man on tandem
Sharon Harvey
as Young Woman on Bridge
Charles Brewer
as Young Man on Bridge
Henry Beckman
as Policeman
Jeff Burton
as Policeman
Ceil Cabot
as Married woman
Alfred Dennis
as Waiter at Chile Hacienda
David Gold
as Panhandler
Nolan Leary
as Manfred
Diki Lerner
as Man Wwith Dog on Bridge
Buddy Lewis
as Appliance salesman
Joseph Mell
as Man on Bridge
Geraldine O'Brien
as Lady on Bridge
Alma Platt
as Lady with hat on bridge
Maudie Prickett
as Nurse on bridge
Roger Til
as Greeter at Pompeii Club
Buddy Joe Hooker
as Baseball player
Bill Harrison
as Baseball Player
Bick Goss
as Drummer Boy
Chelsea Brown
as Frug Dancer
Ray Chabeau
as Frug Dancer
Bryan Da Silva
as Frug Dancer
Bonnie Lynn Fields
as Frug Dancer
Roy Fitzell
as Frug Dancer
Ellen Halpin
as Frug Dancer
Dick Korthaze
as Frug Dancer
April Nevins
as Frug Dancer
Maris O'Neill
as Frug Dancer
Lee Roy Reams
as Frug Dancer
Sandy Roveta
as Frug Dancer
Charleen Ryan
as Frug Dancer
Juleste Salve
as Frug Dancer
Patrick Spohn
as Frug Dancer
Jerry Trent
as Frug Dancer
Ben Vereen
as Frug Dancer
Bud Vest
as Frug Dancer
Lorene Yarnell
as Frug Dancer
John Frayer
as Patrons at Dancehall
Dom Salinaro
as Patrons at Dancehall
Paul Shipton
as Patrons at Dancehall
Walter Stratton
as Patrons at Dancehall
Larry Billman
as Waiter/Dancer
Herman Boden
as Waiter/Dancer
Dick Colacino
as Waiter/Dancer
Lynn McMurrey
as Waiter/Dancer
Ted Monson
as Waiter/Dancer
Ed Robinson
as Waiter/Dancer
Leon Bing
as Model
Kathryn Doby
as Dancers in "Big Spender" Number
Al Lanti
as Dancers in "Big Spender" Number
Gloria Mills
as Dancers in "Big Spender" Number
Louise Quick
as Dancers in "Big Spender" Number
Victoria Scruton
as Dancers in "Big Spender" Number
Tiffni Twitchell
as Dancers in "Big Spender" Number
Renata Vaselle
as Dancers in "Big Spender" Number
Adele Yoshioka
as Dancers in "Big Spender" Number
Jerry Mann
as Singer
Norman Stevans
as Conversion
Toni Basil
as Dancer
Leon Alton
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Sweet Charity

All Critics (6) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (1)

  • If Charity, played by Shirley MacLaine in her sharpest innocent-at-large style, really wants to escape, it's hard to see what is bolding her back.

    Jul 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There's nothing per se "bad" about this, though it's awfully musty, and in no hurry to move along.

    Sep 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Bob Fosse's first film, a musical based on Felini's Nights of Cabiria, shows a lot of promise, which he will fulfill with the 1972 Cabaret. It was nominated for 3 Oscars, including Best Score.

    Jul 21, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sweet Charity

  • Jun 27, 2016
    As it's Fosse's first serious attempt at a movie, some things are a little sloppy but for the most part it's enjoyably weird. Most of the musical numbers are exceptionally staged (Especially "Rhythm of Life" and "Hey Big Spender") and it's good that they got to keep the bitter sweet ending of the stage show.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2011
    The music is great, and the dancing is fantastic (whatelse for Bob Fosse!) but the story...meh...I dont I think it was just the ending...Shirley Maclaine isnt bad, But this movie did get pretty long. Buy the soundtrack, watch the dances on YouTube and save a couple of hours.
    Morgan S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2009
    I was looking forward to this and I give it 2 stars for Shirley MacLaine but it didn't come off well as a movie and I hated how badly dubbed the musical numbers were. If they remade this now, I would be very happy. There is a lot of potential here.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2008
    I dislike most garish musicals and Fosse thrives on them. Sometimes I think Shirley Maclaine is adorable but most of the time I found her really annoying. "Hey Big Spender" is a solid Fosse number but I have seen better and it is really is too long. The entire movie is too long.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer

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