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Stop the World, I Want to Get Off
     

Stop the World, I Want to Get Off

Director: Philip Saville, Tony Tanner, Millicent Martin, Leila Croft

Cast: Philip Saville, Tony Tanner, Millicent Martin, Leila Croft

 

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The Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse London and Broadway musical hit Stop the World, I Want to Get Off is given literal treatment in this filmization. Newley stars as Littlechap, whose allegorical rise to success is countered by the instability of his private life. Like the play, the film is staged impressionistically, with Newley decked out in mime makeup and

Overview

The Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse London and Broadway musical hit Stop the World, I Want to Get Off is given literal treatment in this filmization. Newley stars as Littlechap, whose allegorical rise to success is countered by the instability of his private life. Like the play, the film is staged impressionistically, with Newley decked out in mime makeup and periodically stopping the action to address the audience, and with all the women in his life -- German, American and "Typically English" -- played by a single actress (Millicent Martin, taking over from the stage version's Anna Quayle). In Wizard of Oz fashion, the play itself is lensed in color, while the brief prologue, showing the actors preparing for their performance, is in black-and-white. The production includes such standards (and perennial audition pieces) as "What Kind of Fool Am I?" and "Gonna Build a Mountain."

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Some material from non-cinematic media presents unique problems when attempting to transfer it to the screen. Such is the case with Stop the World, I Want to Get Off, a smash-hit Broadway and London musical that is severely stagebound. Indeed, part of its conceit is that "the world is a stage" (or more accurately, it seems, a circus), and the piece is filled with moments that are extremely theatrical -- such as when the lead character periodically yells, "Stop the world!" and then proceeds to deliver a monologue directly to the audience. Philip Saville's solution to these challenges was to film the movie as a stage play, complete with shots of the orchestra leader and the conductor. (His concept for the show-halting monologues was to film them in black-and-white, while the rest of the film is in color.) The material, though terribly dated and occasionally arch, calls for a more imaginative treatment; as a result, much of the film is on the flat side. However, most viewers will put up with the staginess to enjoy the immensely popular score. Tony Tanner does very well with the difficult leading role, and Millicent Martin displays admirable versatility in her multiple parts. Creators Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse would later write the songs for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2016
UPC:
0888574417031
Original Release:
1966
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
26,141

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Tanner Littlechap
Millicent Martin Anya,Ara,Evie,Ginnie
Leila Croft Jane
Neil Hawley Little Littlechap
Graham Lyons Fatherin-Law
Georgina Allen Performer
Carlotta Barrow Actor
Sandra Burville Actor
Vivyen Dunbar Actor
Margaret Frost Actor
Liz Gold Actor
Marion Horton Actor
Kay Korda Actor
Judith McGilligan Actor
Julie Pitcher Actor
Heather Simms Actor
Ann Holloway Actor
Pamela Hart Actor

Technical Credits
Philip Saville Director
Alan Bergman Screenwriter
Marilyn Bergman Screenwriter
Leslie Bricusse Screenwriter
Kiki Byrne Costumes/Costume Designer
George Claff Makeup
David Donalbe Screenwriter
Gina Fratini Costumes/Costume Designer
Ham Musical Direction/Supervision
Sean Kenny Production Designer
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Anthony Newley Screenwriter
Bill Sargent Producer
Jim Sibley Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stop the World, I Want to Get Off
1. Chapter 1 [5:02]
2. Chapter 2 [:04]
3. Chapter 3 [1:23]
4. Chapter 4 [:34]
5. Chapter 5 [2:53]
6. Chapter 6 [2:47]
7. Chapter 7 [2:47]
8. Chapter 8 [:49]
9. Chapter 9 [4:09]
10. Chapter 10 [4:31]
11. Chapter 11 [2:40]
12. Chapter 12 [3:34]
13. Chapter 13 [2:43]
14. Chapter 14 [3:58]
15. Chapter 15 [4:29]
16. Chapter 16 [2:49]
17. Chapter 17 [6:22]
18. Chapter 18 [3:28]
19. Chapter 19 [3:21]
20. Chapter 20 [2:52]
21. Chapter 21 [1:07]
22. Chapter 22 [5:17]
23. Chapter 23 [3:29]
24. Chapter 24 [2:42]
25. Chapter 25 [3:41]
26. Chapter 26 [2:27]
27. Chapter 27 [3:42]
28. Chapter 28 [2:34]
29. Chapter 29 [2:59]
30. Chapter 30 [3:43]
31. Chapter 31 [4:15]
32. Chapter 32 [:47]
33. Chapter 33 [:04]

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