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The Music Man (2003)

A masterful con artist tries to bilk a staid Midwestern community, with unexpected results, in this contemporary rethinking of the legendary Broadway musical and lively 1962 film, updated ... See full summary »

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Jeff Bleckner

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Meredith Willson (story), Franklin Lacey (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Professor Harold Hill
Kristin Chenoweth ... Marian Paroo
Victor Garber ... Mayor Shinn
Debra Monk ... Mrs. Paroo
Molly Shannon ... Mrs. Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn
David Aaron Baker ... Marcellus Washburn
Cameron Monaghan ... Winthrop Paroo
Clyde Alves Clyde Alves ... Tommy Djilas
Cameron Adams ... Zaneeta Shinn
Linda Kash ... Alma Hix
Patrick McKenna ... Charlie Cowell
Megan Moniz Megan Moniz ... Amaryllis
Richard Fitzpatrick ... Constable Locke
Jenni Burke Jenni Burke ... Mrs. Squires
Marty Beecroft Marty Beecroft ... Ewart Dunlop
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A masterful con artist tries to bilk a staid Midwestern community, with unexpected results, in this contemporary rethinking of the legendary Broadway musical and lively 1962 film, updated to reflect several early-21st-century sensibilities. Written by Carl Schultz

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Music Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Millbrook, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sarah Jessica Parker was at one time about to play Marian Paroo opposite real-life husband Matthew Broderick. See more »

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In a few scenes, "modern" (post-1959) 50-star American flags are visible. Official designs available between 1908 and 1912 (the time of the story) would have had 46 stars. See more »

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[first lines]
Train conductor: River City Junction, River City next station stop, River City next Aboard!
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Salesman #2: If I don't give credit, I'm gonna lose customers.
Salesman #1: You crazy with the heat. Credit is no good for a notions salesman.
Salesman #2: Why not? What's the matter with credit?
Salesman #1: It's old-fashioned. Charlie, you're an anvil salesman, your firm give credit?
Charlie Cowell: No, sir!
Salesman #1: Nor anybody else.
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Connections

Featured in ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Gary, Indiana
Written by Meredith Willson
Performed by Matthew Broderick, Cameron Monaghan and Kristin Chenoweth
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A feel-good musical that probably needed to be remade just to get today's viewers to watch it...
17 February 2003 | by Eric-1226See all my reviews

I think some of the previous commenters have been perhaps a bit too harsh on this remake. I myself dearly loved the original "The Music Man" (1962) - it was a very important movie in my childhood. My folks bought the soundtrack LP, and I must have heard every song on that album about ten thousand times. (Same can be said for "Oklahoma", "My Fair Lady", "Mary Poppins", etc.) Later, in my youth, I took up the trumpet, and would later actually play several of the songs from "The Music Man" in various band settings.

So it was with keen reservations that I tuned into this 2003 version of the same movie. I really admire Matthew Broderick, yet I was somehow reluctant to allow "Ferris Bueller" the privilege of portraying Professor Harold Hill. Well, no sooner did he begin singing and dancing some of his required Music Man numbers than I was completely won over by his talent, not to mention the easy grace with which he tackled the role.

Suffice it to say that I stuck it out to the end of the film, wholeheartedly enjoying every minute of it (with one slight reservation: there were too damned many commercial interruptions.... oh, and one more thing, I would have loved to see this in a wide-screen format).

I also loved Kristin Chenowith as Marian Paroo. She looked absolutely fabulous and had a divine singing voice that really melted me to the core.

In summation, I'm glad that Disney produced this effort to put "The Music Man" back on the screen, because I think it is a story that today's viewers (especially young people) could certainly bear watching. That's mainly because I fear that the 1962 version (which may arguably be a better version) would unfortunately be overlooked by today's viewers. I mean, nowadays, who has ever heard of Robert Preston??


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