May 19, 2009
Warner Home Video
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 145 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
Twenty years after its opening on Broadway, the musical FINIAN’S RAINBOW made its debut on film thanks to Francis Ford Coppola. The movie stars Fred Astaire as Irishman Finian McLonergan, who steals a pot of gold from the leprechaun Og (Tommy Steele) and, with his daughter Sharon (Petula Clark), brings it to Rainbow Valley in the fictional southern state of Missitucky. Sharecropper Woody Mahoney (Don Francks) and the rest of the community of Rainbow Valley are fighting to keep their land and tobacco crop away from the creedy, racist hands of Senator Billboard Rawkins (Keenan Wynn) and his assistant, Buzz Collins (Ronald Colby). Og’s magical pot of gold causes more trouble than good when Sharon’s wish that the senator would know what it’s like to be black comes true. The rest of the pot’s wishes are quickly used up trying to undo the trouble. The hit song "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" is one of the highlights from the musical score. This was Fred Astaire’s last full-length musical, and he is a delight to watch.
Fred Astaire stars in his last full-length musical role. Finian manages to steal a pot of gold from an unlucky leprechaun and get it back to the Deep South. Burying it for safety and in the hopes that it will multiply, the gold becomes the target of the avenging leprechaun, Og. An interesting and somewhat mystifying debut for director Coppola.
The film premiered on October 9, 1968.
The Broadway musical FINIAN'S RAINBOW premiered 20 years before the movie was made.
"Ever since I was two years high you've been seeing leprechauns in the cabbage patch and rainbows over your whiskey jug."--Sharon McLonergan (Petula Clark)
"I don't know where all you immigrants get these foreign ideas."--Senator Billboard Rawkins (Keenan Wynn)
"Fairyland was never like this!"--Og the Leprechaun (Tommy Steele)