The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.
1953, Kids and family/Fantasy, 1h 28m16 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings
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Critic Reviews for The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.
A rare treat for movie goers of all ages.June 24, 2019 | Full Review…
Quote not available.July 22, 2004 | Rating: 4/5
Quote not available.March 27, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
It's fun, and it's creative, and it's bonkers, and I really enjoyed it.May 13, 2019 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…
Quote not available.February 23, 2013 | Rating: B
Colorful, culty Dr. Seuss Hollywood original.August 26, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.
Jan 08, 2014A boy dreams he and his mother are trapped in a dream world ruled by evil piano teacher Dr. Terwilliger, who plans to enslave 500 boys to play his giant piano. Despite writing the story and libretto, Theodor Geisel (the Philistine!) notoriously hated this Technicolor spectacle, but you'll love the fantabulously surreal Seussian set design with its curved keyboards, ladders to nowhere, and roller-skating Siamese twin guards linked by their beards.Greg S Super Reviewer
Sep 05, 2010This is an odd movie, but it's based on a Dr. Seuss book, so this movie does a good job representing that. Overall the style is good, but the actors and songs aren't so great.Aj V Super Reviewer
Sep 12, 2009Cool old musical matinee with a fascinating set. Hans Conried is awesome as the crazy piano possessed antagonist.The M Super Reviewer
Feb 01, 2008Some creative visual live-action flourishes, but Dr. Seuss's work is better illustrated or animated. Contains what might be the oddest musical number ever, The Dungeon Song, with actors/dancers in badly painted green body paint playing Dr. Seuss style nonsensical instruments. The filmmakers attempt a Fantasia sort of extravaganza but the budget serious holds the production back. None of the other musical numbers became hits either. Dr. T (Conreid) plays a flamboyant piano teacher who forces 500 boys to rehearse. Bart (Tommy Rettig), in particular, would rather be outside playing with his dog. Rettig is amusing in breaking the fourth wall and talking to the audience. Most of the movie exists in Bart's mind as a fantasy nightmare. The movie would be unbearable if Rettig were not the lead. Real life couple Hayes and Healy play a kindly janitor and Bart's mom, respectively. Bart hopes his mom will choose the caring janitor rather than the dictatorial piano teacher. Unfortunately, all three adult leads leave a lot to be desired as they prance around this technicolor set. They simply never completely fill the massively open and empty sets with their voices or dancing.Byron B Super Reviewer
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