Watch Finian's Rainbow
- 2 hr 25 min
The 1968 Francis Ford Coppola Musical hit movie Finian's Rainbow has met with mixed reviews throughout its existence. The last movie to star the legendary Fred Astaire, some critics were disappointed by the fact that, at the age of 69, he was no longer young appearing. Others were impressed by the fact that he wore his age with grace, still appearing athletic and having more than a shadow of his impressive dance skill and artistry. Astaire played the lovable rogue Finian, a role originally slated for Dick Van Dyke, with the same quality of charm that would have been expected of Van Dyke. Finian's daughter Sharon was portrayed with universal acclaim by Petula Clark, the only character to not earn mixed reviews. American audiences were surprised by her acting ability, even though she had considerable screen experience in England. One of the last of the great musicals, this movie has plenty of dialogue and action interspersed with nicely done songs and song and dance presentations. Finian's Rainbow is movie set in a world which is a mix of reality and fairy tale. Its story line revolves around the all too familiar plot of a stolen pot of Leprechaun gold which Finian found at the end of a rainbow, of course. He thinks that he can bring it to America and bury it near Fort Knox (in the mythical state of Missitucky) and it will magically multiply, allowing him to return it to its rightful owner while keeping the profit. He and his daughter end up in the community of Rainbow Valley and find themselves in the middle of a dispute between the residents and unscrupulous politicians. The leprechaun Og, the rightful owner of the gold, shows up to reclaim his gold. A couple of love stories develop, the evil politician develops morals and everybody lives happily ever after.