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Shirley MacLaine plays Charity Hope Valentine who, despite her job at a seedy dime-a-dance joint, is an incurable optimist. Charity never stops looking for true love and never seems to look for it in the right places. We first see her in the company of Charlie (Dante DiPaolo), a slimeball who steals her purse and pushes her into the Central Park pond. Next she stumbles into a one-night stand with Vittorio Vidal (Ricardo Montalban), an egotistical movie star; this comes to nothing when Vittorio's contrite girlfriend Ursula (Barbara Bouchet) comes calling, forcing Charity to spend the night hiding in the closet. Desperate to escape the dance hall, Charity heads to an employment agency, where a bureaucratic clerk (Alan Hewitt) informs her that she has no qualifications. Unhappily, Charity heads for the elevator, where she becomes trapped with the very shy -- and very claustrophobic -- Oscar Lindquist (John McMartin). Once they've gotten out of the stalled elevator, Charity begins dating Oscar, never telling him of her checkered past or her sordid dance-hall job. Oscar eventually finds out but assures her that it doesn't matter. However, at the engagement party held at the dance hall, Oscar's puritanical streak emerges. He walks out on Charity, leaving her alone and heartbroken once more. With the help of a group of flower children (among them Bud Cort and Kristoffer Tabori), Charity is able to pick herself up and start living "Hopefully Ever After." Sweet Charity was adapted from the 1965 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by the 1957 Fellini flick Nights of Cabiria. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 1, 1969

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edith Head Best Costume Design 1969 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Shirley MacLaine Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1969 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alexander Golitzen Best Art Direction 1969 Nominee

Cast

Shirley MacLaine
as Charity
John McMartin
as Oscar
Ricardo Montalban
as Vittorio
Sammy Davis, Jr.
as Big Daddy
Paula Kelly
as Helene
Stubby Kaye
as Herman
Barbara Bouchet
as Ursula
Leon Alton
Toni Basil
Larry Billman
Chelsea Brown
Lonnie Burr
Kathryn Doby
Roy Fitzell
Carlton Johnson
as 'Rhythm of Life' dancer
Lance Le Gault
Jerry Mann
Joseph Mell
as Man on Bridge
Chet Stratton
as Waiter
Ben Vereen
Lorene Yarnell
as Frog Dancer
Adele Yoshioka
as Dancers in "Big Spender" Number
Herman Boden
Richard Angarola
as Maitre d'
Henry Beckman
as Cop
Ceil Cabot
as Married woman
Dee Carroll
as Woman on tandem
Suzanne Charney
as Lead frog dancer
Alfred Dennis
as Waiter at Chile Hacienda
Dante DiPaolo
as Charlie
Bill Harrison
as Baseball Player
Buddy Hart
as Baseball player
Sharon Harvey
as Young Woman on Btidge
Tom Hatten
as Man on tandem
Alan Hewitt
as Nicholsby
Nolan Leary
as Manfred
Diki Lerner
as Man with dog on bridge
Buddy Lewis
as Appliance salesman
Alma Platt
as Lady with hat on bridge
Maudie Prickett
as Nurse on bridge
Roger Til
as Greeter at Pompeii Club
Alfred Dennis
as Waiter at Chile Hacienda
Carlton Johnson
as 'Rhythm of Life' dancer
Sharon Harvey
as Young Woman on Btidge
Roger Til
as Greeter at Pompeii Club
Alma Platt
as Lady with hat on bridge
Alan Hewitt
as Nicholsby
Buddy Hart
as Baseball player
Chet Stratton
as Waiter
Suzanne Charney
as Lead frog dancer
Maudie Prickett
as Nurse on bridge
Dee Carroll
as Woman on tandem
Ceil Cabot
as Married woman
Bill Harrison
as Baseball Player
Dante DiPaolo
as Charlie
Diki Lerner
as Man with dog on bridge
Buddy Lewis
as Appliance salesman
Nolan Leary
as Manfred
Adele Yoshioka
as Dancers in "Big Spender" Number
Henry Beckman
as Cop
Richard Angarola
as Maitre d'
Joseph Mell
as Man on Bridge
Tom Hatten
as Man on tandem
Lorene Yarnell
as Frog Dancer

Crew

Bob Fosse
Director
Robert Arthur
Producer
Neil Simon
Screenwriter
Ennio Flaiano
Screenwriter
Peter Stone
Screenwriter
Federico Fellini
Screenwriter
Tullio Pinelli
Screenwriter
Robert Surtees
Cinematographer
Joseph E. Gershenson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph E. Gershenson
Composer (Music Score)
Stuart Gilmore
Editor
Alexander Golitzen
Art Director
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Ronald Pierce
Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Fosse
Choreography
Bud Westmore
Makeup
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