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This made-for-television movie is a filmed version of the Bob Fosse musical hit of the same name. William Katt stars in the title role of this fictionalized story of Pippin, the son of Charlemagne who sets out to find meaning in life and discovers his true self along the way. Ben Vereen appears in his Tony Award-winning role.
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This made-for-television movie is a filmed version of the Bob Fosse musical hit of the same name. William Katt stars in the title role of this fictionalized story of Pippin, the son of Charlemagne who sets out to find meaning in life and discovers his true self along the way. Ben Vereen appears in his Tony Award-winning role.
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This innovative musical began its life as a sweet musical take on the life of King Charlemagne's eldest son, until the producer handed it to Bob Fosse. Hot on the heels of his success with Cabaret, he spiked the show with his characteristically dark and sexy dance moves, adding a narrator named Leading Player, played by Fosse stalwart Ben Vereen. The decadent 1972 staging eventually won five Tony awards -- including best direction and choreography for Fosse. This 1981 version -- new to DVD -- was videotaped live in Ontario and features Vereen reprising the Tony-worthy performance that set his career on fire. William Katt, who here plays the curly-haired heir and title character, went on to television fame for a year or so as the star of The Greatest American Hero. Also on board are immortals Chita Rivera and Martha Raye.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Onstage, Pippin was a triumph of execution over material, and the same is true of this filmed version of the hit Broadway musical. One's reaction to it is very likely to depend on whether one is willing to give in to the magic of Bob Fosse's original staging (which was the basis for this David Sheehan-directed TV film). For those willing to do so, Pippin is a huge treat. Fosse was at the top of his form when he laid his hands on Pippin. From the thrilling (even on film) opening of "Magic to Do'"s disembodied hands to the menacing soft shoe of "Glory," Fosse was interested in manipulating audiences in a way they hadn't really experienced before. Pippin was both unsettling and exhilarating, a decadent celebration of family values; even at its most innocent, there was something "dark" peeking through. That something was the director/choreographer's psyche, and though Pippin is not a great musical in terms of its score and book, it was a great vehicle for expressing that psyche. If all of this makes Pippin sound pretentious, it shouldn't. It's put together with consummate showmanship -- and with the towering talent of Fosse put to its best use. This piece also captures Ben Vereen's mesmerizing performance as the Leading Player, which comes across surprisingly well on film. If William Katt is a bit bland in the title role, that's a common problem with actors in this part. Chita Rivera is a delight, Leslie Denniston is fine and Martha Raye a hammy treat. If you're looking for a serious look at the life of the title character, look elsewhere; but if you're looking for an example of just what one supremely gifted creator can do to a show, look no further.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2000
  • UPC: 089859824524
  • Original Release: 1982
  • Rating:

  • Source: Vci Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,232

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Vereen The leading player
William Katt Pippin
Benjamin Rayson Charlemagne
Martha Raye Berthe
Chita Rivera Fastrada
Carmine Rizzo Theo
Technical Credits
David Sheehan Director, Editor, Producer
Hillard Elkins Executive Producer
Bob Fosse Choreography
Roger O. Hirson Screenwriter
Julie Hughes Casting
Barry Moss Casting
Michael Pataki Associate Producer
Stephen Schwartz Score Composer
Tony Walton Set Decoration/Design
Patricia Zipprodt Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

0. Scene Selection
1. Intro Credits [1:26]
2. Join Us [5:33]
3. Fitting In [4:51]
4. The Royal Court [3:48]
5. Welcome Home [1:45]
6. Pippin's Petition [3:08]
7. Preparing For War [5:51]
8. Blood & Glory [7:34]
9. Victory [1:00]
10. Second Thoughts [3:10]
11. It's Time [7:10]
12. Women! [7:15]
13. Pippin's Revolution [4:32]
14. Fastrada's Scheme [5:34]
15. Death of a King [3:35]
16. King Pippin [8:16]
17. On the Right Track [4:44]
18. The Widow [5:12]
19. Ordinary Things [4:19]
20. Try Again? [2:28]
21. Love Song [5:22]
22. There Is Nothing [1:08]
23. The Grand Finale [6:52]
24. Pippin's Fulfillment [7:08]
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Side #1
Start Play
   Bob Fosse Interview
      Menu Group #1 with 24 chapter(s) covering 01:51:49
   Actor Bios
      Bob Fosse
      William Katt
      Chita Rivera
      Ben Vereen
      David Sheehan
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    I enjoyed this show, even though it wasn't the best taping the dancing was good and I enjoyed seeing Chita Rivera and Ben Vereen. I have always wanted to see them on the stage and I finally go too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pippin doesn't live up to Broadway production

    This production, while being an okay souvenir of the show, doesn't come up to par with what Bob Fosse created for Broadway. While Ben Vereen and Chita Rivera are terrific, as expected, William Katt in the title role simply doesn't have the chops for the role. His singing is often flat and strained and makes for an uncomfortable watching experience. While it's great to have a record of Fosse's choreography in one's library, the overall flatness of the production makes it a video not very often played.

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    Posted June 16, 2009

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