What a Way to Go!

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"What A Cast!... What A Past!... What A Show!..."
  • Approved
  • 1964
  • 1 hr 51 min
  • 6.9  (5,474)

What a Way to Go! is a 1964 American comedy film starring Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin, Gene Kelly, Bob Cummings, and Dick Van Dyke. The film tells the story of Louisa May Foster, a young woman from a small town who dreams of marrying for love and living a simple life. Louisa leaves her hometown for New York City, where she meets and falls in love with a struggling artist, Larry Flint (Paul Newman). Together, they live in poverty but are happy until Larry's art starts to catch on and he becomes a famous painter. As a millionaire, he starts to change and becomes obsessed with money and status, putting a strain on their marriage.

Louisa then meets a wealthy businessman, Leonard Crawley (Robert Mitchum), who showers her with gifts and attention. She marries Leonard, and they embark on a life of luxury, with Louisa becoming a high society woman. However, Leonard's obsession with money and power eventually leads to his death, leaving Louisa with his vast fortune.

After Leonard's death, Louisa goes through a series of marriages, each husband dying under unusual circumstances, leaving her with more and more money. She then meets Rod Anderson (Dean Martin), a businessman who is not interested in her money and genuinely loves her. With Rod, she finally finds the love she has been searching for, but her past catches up with her, causing a series of hilarious mishaps.

The film takes place in different eras, starting in the early 1900s and ending in the early 1960s. Each era is represented by different costumes and sets, giving the film a nostalgic feel. The sets and costumes are lavish, and the film features stunning choreography by Gene Kelly, complete with his signature dance moves.

What a Way to Go! is a satirical take on the American Dream, showing that money and success do not lead to happiness. The film also tackles gender roles and expectations, with Louisa breaking free from societal expectations and living her life on her own terms.

Shirley MacLaine is the glue that holds the film together, showcasing her comedic timing and talent as an actress. The supporting cast, including Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin, Gene Kelly, Bob Cummings, and Dick Van Dyke, all deliver strong performances, adding to the film's charm.

Overall, What a Way to Go! is a delightful romp through different eras, showcasing the absurdity of the American Dream and reminding us that money can't buy happiness. With its star-studded cast, stunning choreography, and tongue-in-cheek humor, it's a classic Hollywood film that still holds up today.

What a Way to Go! is a 1964 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 51 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9.

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    6.9  (5,474)