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Thread #103095 Message #2102630
Posted By: Little Hawk
14-Jul-07 - 03:20 PM
Thread Name: BS: The 100 greatest movies of all time
Subject: RE: BS: The 100 greatest movies of all time
Yes, well, you must remember, Mickey191, that I have never seen the stage play, specially with the original cast. All I have to go on is the movie. The movie was flawed by the fact that the male lead was badly miscast, as you say. Nevertheless, for the time in which it came out it was a memorable film with a lot of strong points. The Hispanic gang leader and his sister were extremely well played. "Maria" was also well played. The songs and choreography were pretty neat. The story was a good one.
That's why I'd still call it a "pretty good movie", despite the miscasting of Richard Beymer. It could, however, have been a truly great movie with somebody better suited to that part, so it's unfortunate how that happened.
Look, it could have been worse, right? They might have had the part played by Jerry Lewis...or by the young William Shatner. Think about it.