The Greatest Musicals: Five Film Collection

2017
  |  Buy to Own: 29/10/2018
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Collection of five famous musicals. In 'The Greatest Showman' (2017) Hugh Jackman stars as American showman P.T. Barnum. After being dismissed from his place of work due to the company's bankruptcy, Barnum struggles to make ends meet and give his family the life they deserve. When a moment of genius strikes while entertaining his two daughters with a homemade light ornament, he decides to construct the very meaning of show business itself. Procuring a selection of performers, all with unique talents, abilities and individual characteristics, Barnum launches a popular touring circus, 'The Barnum & Bailey Circus' and changes what we now know as the show business forever. In 'The Sound of Music' (1965) former nun Maria (Julie Andrews) becomes the governess for a family of seven children who live in the shadow of their domineering and repressed widower father Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer). Along with the required discipline Maria brings love, music and excitement into the children's lives and also eventually begins to have an effect on their father. But just when things are looking up, the rise of Nazism and the threat of the coming war darkens their futures. In 'West Side Story' (1961), a neighbourhood in Manhattan, New York, provides the setting for a love affair between Tony (Richard Beymer) and Maria (Natalie Wood), a young man and woman caught on opposite sides of a gang war. Maria is the sister of Bernardo (George Chakiris), leader of the Sharks, and Tony is the best friend of Riff (Russ Tamblyn), leader of the Jets. The two gangs are sworn enemies, and nothing Maria or Tony can say will dissuade them from the violence which leads to a heartbreaking finale. In 'Moulin Rouge' (2001), struggling British writer Christian (Ewan McGregor) relocates to the Montmartre district of Paris in the hope that being among other bohemian writers will inspire him to complete his latest novel. When he meets his neighbours, a troupe of performers led by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo), Christian lends his writing skills to finish their work-in-progress show; when complete, the troupe hope to sell their show to the Moulin Rouge, the most decadent club in Paris. On his first visit to the club, Christian finds himself falling hopelessly in love with dancer and courtesan Satine (Nicole Kidman). As the two grow closer, events conspire to keep the young lovers apart, including the fact that Satine has been promised to the Duke of Monroth (Richard Roxburgh). Finally, in 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' (1968) when inventor Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) acquires a run-down racing car and renovates it for his children, Jeremy and Jemima, he makes a few extra improvements. The car, christened Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, now has the ability to fly, and takes the Potts and their friend, Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes) on an exciting adventure. Arriving in the kingdom of wicked Baron Bomburst (Gert Frobe), they find themselves pursued by the evil Child Catcher (Robert Helpmann), while the Baron, desperate to get his hands on the car, kidnaps Jeremy and Jemima's grandfather (Lionel Jeffries) by mistake.