Seven Faces of Dr. Lao

Closed Capationed Starring: Tony Randall & Barbara Eden Director: George Pal
Rating 4.6
116 ratings
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DVD Features:

  • Behind-the-Scenes Documentary: William Tuttle: King Of The Duplicators
  • Notes on Tony Randall & George Pal
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1963
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Snap Case
  • Dual Side - Single Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette: WILLIAM TUTTLE: KING OF THE DUPLICATORS
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Access
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Biographies:
      1. George Pal - Director
      2. Tony Randall - Star

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1963 - Honorary Awards

Description by OLDIES.com:

Which face will the wily Doctor reveal to you?

The mysterious traveling circus of Dr. Lao has come to the dusty Arizona town of Abalone. Everyone turns out for the magical event. None of them realize the circus they're attending is in their own minds.

The greed, vanity and pettiness of Abalone's citizenry gets an unexpected makeover, thanks to the life-altering showmanship of the venerable (7,322 years young in October!) Chinese impresario Lao. George Pal guides this beloved, imaginative fable which received an honorary Oscar for the makeup wizardry of William Tuttle. And "in what may be the finest performance in a fantasy film" (Danny Peary, Guide For The Film Fanatic), Tony Randall plays Lao and his multitude of faces. Step inside the tent...and marvel!

Product Description:

In one of the finest performances of his career, Tony Randall plays the part of a mysterious Chinese doctor named Lao who rides into a small western town with his circus and changes the lives of all who come to see it. Lao assumes many disguises, some so extraordinary that Mr. Randall is completely unrecognizable.

Plot Synopsis:

A mysterious travelling circus, led by the odd Dr. Lao, arrives in a small dusty town. Dr. Lao is endowed with magical powers, and his troupe is populated with such mythical characters as Merlin, Pan, Medusa and even the Abominable Snowman. Together, Lao and his performers use their unique abilities to help the townspeople gain clearer outlooks on who they are -- and in the process change their lives forever.

Plot Keywords:

Adventure | Recommended | Supernatural | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Color by Metrocolor.
  • Additional cast: Kevin Tate (Mike Benedict); Eddie Little Sky (George E. George); Frank Kreig (Mr. Peter Ramsey); Dale McKennon (Lean Cowboy).
  • Additional credits: Al Shenberg (assistant director).

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Customer Rating: Rating 4.6
Based on 116 ratings.
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Rating 5.0 7 faces of dr. lao Movie Lover: from Williamstown, NJ US -- February, 4, 2010

I remeber this movie from years ago.
my brother and I were watching HBO I believe when this movie came on. For some reason we didn't attempt to change the channel and we soon were watching intently to see what Dr Lao was going to do next.
Tony Randall was great, as he executed each of the 7 faces. He actually played 8...but you have to check this movie out to see the 8th. It just may surprise you.
This is a fantasy type movie with lessons in life worked in for good measure.
7 Faces Of Dr. Lao....sometimes you need a little fantasy to escape the every day grind...this movie just might work.


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