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Worst Movie Musical Ever Made!

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I think the worst musical I've ever seen is a tie between two, which I dislike for different reasons. In my "modern cinema class" (which was actually run more like an alternative cinema class) we watched Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark. That film was physically painful to watch. So uncomfortable and I believe mislabeled as a Dogma-95 film because it goes against the Dogma-95 ideals. Bijork was awful in the film and the only "shining" spot was Joel Grey's performance. The ending....totally unfulfilling. I don't mind sad endings, but this...bleck.

Another more conventional musical that I disliked was Mame. I adore the Rosalind Russell version, but this...it wasn't even that Lucille Ball played Mame. I felt that the sound editing was dreadful. You could hardly hear the singing over the music! Not the point of a musical in my opinion. 

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I am by no means someone who is into musicals or who really knows much about them.  I will say that I disagree with anyone who says The Wiz (1978) and The Pirate Movie (1982) are the worst.   The former is wonderfully entertaining and bizarre.  The latter is so wonderfully bad it is good. :D

As others have mentioned I might have to say it is The Apple (1980).  This movie is bizarre and it is bad, but it is rarely entertaining in those regards.

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There's a lot I could mention that strike me with nausea, even though I suppose that there's also a lot of musicals I quite enjoy. Its a harmless medium which can be very uplifting and cheering.

But at or near the top of my List of Utterly Awful Musicals, is certainly 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg'. My god what hideousness. That berserk, sugary, lilting, sing-song-sung dialog is fiendish and diabolical. Something which still occasionally might appear in my nightmares years later whenever I experience troubled sleep. Its as bad as seeing a really gory splatter flick and never being able to erase it from your mind.

There's something unsettling and insane-seeming about a girl strolling down a street, shopping and chatting with people, normal in every way...yet at the same time creepily singing her dialog ....and no one noticing or reacting any differently. Gives me the willies.

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Just a few that I find particularly abhorrent out of a genre that I generally dislike:

  • Man of La Mancha
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • Oliver!
  • Sound of Music
  • Annie
  • The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
  • Into the Woods (2014)
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  • Star!
  • Finian's Rainbow
  • Most mid-to-late period Elvis movies
  • Mary Poppins

 

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5 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

Just a few that I find particularly abhorrent out of a genre that I generally dislike:

  • Man of La Mancha
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • Oliver!
  • Sound of Music
  • Annie
  • The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
  • Into the Woods (2014)
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  • Star!
  • Finian's Rainbow
  • Most mid-to-late period Elvis movies
  • Mary Poppins

 

I get the dislike of Elvis' movies but Elvis: That's the Way It Is will always be my favorite of his films.

 

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Just now, Gershwin fan said:

I get the dislike of Elvis' movies but Elvis: That's the Way It Is will always be my favorite of his films.

 

Yeah, I like that one, too.

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6 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

Just a few that I find particularly abhorrent out of a genre that I generally dislike:

  • Man of La Mancha
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • Oliver!
  • Sound of Music
  • Annie
  • The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
  • Into the Woods (2014)
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  • Star!
  • Finian's Rainbow
  • Most mid-to-late period Elvis movies
  • Mary Poppins

 

I agree with you about many on that list. I'm not a fan of the film of Hello Dolly. I've seen Channing and Bailey on stage and don't like Streisand in the role, or the way the film unfolds. I love the original Broadway cast album of The Sound of Music with the great Mary Martin but not the film. Star! is not worthy of the great Noel and Gertie. On a positive note, I recall having enjoyed some of Oliver! and all of Mary Poppins, both of which I haven't seen in yonks.

But -- back to The Sound of Music. I suppose he wasn't considered glamorous enough for the film, but I would liked to have seen this man as von Trapp. The song was written specially for him, a Jewish Viennese actor/singer who fled Austria with his family in 1938:

 

 

 

 

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Hmmm. Let's see if I can recall some others I have heretofore tried to dismiss from my memory.

  • Brigadoon. Not a fan.
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
  • Doctor DoLittle. Would have probably been an acceptable flick without the music.
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Ditto. Fun film but unappealing music.
  • nearly everything --no, let's just say 'everything' by the guy who did Cats, Phantom, Miss Saigon, etc. Why bother trying to find exceptions to the rule, just cancel everything from that guy.
  • Fiddler on the Roof. No.

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