First screened in August 1999 / Most recently screened in May 2006
Director: Blake Edwards. Cast: Julie Andrews, Robert Preston, James Garner, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras, John Rhys-Davies, Norman Chancer, Maria Charles, Malcolm Jamieson, David Gant, Graham Stark, Peter Arne. Screenplay: Blake Edwards (based on an earlier screenplay by Reinhold Schünzel).

Twitter Capsule: Inspired moments but the whole is semi-dispiriting. Weird amalgam of dated MGM bloat and stabs at Fosse modernity.

Second Capsule: With a script and cast this eager to please, why don't I have more fun? Doesn't capitalize on its zaniest assets.

VOR:   Nice to find Andrews in her métier (musical comedy, nostalgic for old styles) while sexing it up a bit. Interesting studio investment in Tootsie year of pop gender-bending.

Photo © 1982 Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C+

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Actress: Julie Andrews
Best Supporting Actress: Lesley Ann Warren
Best Supporting Actor: Robert Preston
Best Adapted Screenplay: Blake Edwards
Best Art Direction: Rodger Maus & Tim Hutchinson; William Craig Smith & Harry Cordwell
Best Costume Design: Patricia Norris
Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score: Henry Mancini & Leslie Bricusse

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Best Actress (Musical/Comedy): Julie Andrews
Best Actor (Musical/Comedy): Robert Preston
Best Supporting Actress: Lesley Ann Warren
Best Original Score: Henry Mancini

Other Awards:
Writers Guild of America Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay (Comedy)
National Board of Review: Best Supporting Actor (Preston)
César Awards (French Oscars): Best Foreign Language Film

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