- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 27, 2001
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Surround - French
- Dolby Surround - Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
- Extended Scenes
- Alternate Ending
- Deleted Scenes
- Audio Commentary: Michael Ritchie - Director
- Interactive Features:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 09/22/2000
"...The movie belongs to British stage actor Jonathan Morris, who is superb as El Gallo, the devilish stranger who invades this world and sends everone into a tizzy..."--3 out of 4 stars
New York Times - 09/22/2000
"...Overflows with affection and good intention..."
Rolling Stone - 10/12/2001
"...[McIntyre] and Jean Louisa Kelly catch just the right note of youthful yearning in their voices..."
Los Angeles Times - 09/22/2000
"...The result is pure enchantment that emerges as an inspired transposition of a musical to the screen -- one that manages to honor the theatricality of the source yet becomes a fully cinematic experience..."
Michael Ritchie brings the world's longest-running musical to the big screen with this good-natured American love fable. Bellamy (Joel Grey) and Henry (Barnard Hughes) are next-door neighbors and the fathers of two lovely children, Luisa (Jean Louisa Kelly) and Matt (former New Kids On The Block vocalist Joe McIntyre). The fathers bicker constantly, insisting that their children stay away from one another. Instead, the kids grow closer. When a circus rolls into town, and the fathers soften up and enlist the aid of El Gallo (Jonathon Morris) to help celebrate union of the two lovebirds, things don't go as planned. Matt and Luisa begin to question their relationship, and yearn for the mysteries that life has to offer outside their town's limits. Eventually, El Gallo deceives Luisa into realizing what she has at home, and she and Matt are reunited, deciding once and for all who--and what--it is that they want from life. Ritchie lovingly transfers the stage story into the expanse of the American West, providing a realistic backdrop for the supremely fantastical story. Featuring the unforgettable hit songs "Try to Remember," "Plant a Radish," "Soon It's Gonna Rain," "They Were You," and many others.
- Theatrical release: September 22, 2000 (NY/LA)
- Filmed on location in Arizona and Los Angeles, California.
- The musical first premiered at the Sullivan Street Playhouse on May 3, 1960.