My Fair Lady (1964)
IMDb Rating 7.8
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Audrey Hepburn Eliza Doolittle
Rex Harrison Prof. Henry Higgins
Stanley Holloway Alfred P. Doolittle
Wilfrid Hyde-White Col. Pickering
Gladys Cooper Mrs. Higgins
Jeremy Brett Freddy Eynsford-Hill
Theodore Bikel Zoltan Karpathy
Mona Washbourne Mrs. Pearce
John Holland Butler
Barbara Morrison Ad Libs at Church
Isobel Elsom Mrs. Eynsford-Hill
John Alderson Jamie (uncredited)
Wilfred Hyde-White
At one time the longest-running Broadway musical, My Fair Lady was adapted by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe from the George Bernard Shaw comedy Pygmalion . Outside Covent Garden on a rainy evening in 1912, dishevelled cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle ( Audrey Hepburn ) meets linguistic expert Henry Higgins ( Rex Harrison ). After delivering a musical tirade against "verbal class distinction," Higgins tells his companion Colonel Pickering ( Wilfred Hyde-White ) that, within six months, he could transform Eliza into a proper lady, simply by teaching her proper English. The next morning, face and hands freshly scrubbed, Eliza presents herself on Higgins' doorstep, offering to pay him to teach her to be a lady. "It's almost irresistable," clucks Higgins. "She's so deliciously low. So horribly dirty." He turns his mission into a sporting proposition, making a bet with Pickering that he can accomplish his six-month miracle to turn Eliza into a lady. This is one of the all-time great movie musicals, featuring classic songs and the legendary performances of Harrison, repeating his stage role after Cary Grant wisely turned down the movie job, and Stanley Holloway as Eliza's dustman father. Julie Andrews originated the role of Eliza on Broadway but producer Jack Warner felt that Andrews, at the time unknown beyond Broadway, wasn't bankable; Hepburn's singing was dubbed by Marni Nixon , who also dubbed Natalie Wood in West Side Story (1961). Andrews instead made Mary Poppins , for which she was given the Best Actress Oscar, beating out Hepburn. The movie, however, won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Harrison, and five other Oscars, and it remains one of the all-time best movie musicals. — Hal Erickson
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Drama; Family; Musical; Romance
Director George Cukor
Producer Jack Warner
Writer George Bernard Shaw; Alan Jay Lerner
Studio Warner Bros.
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating G
Running Time 170 mins
Movie Release Date 12/25/1964
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 259
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 5/14/2004
Product Details
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.20:1 Color
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 085391666820
Chapters 50
Release Date 12/8/1998
Subtitles English; French
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Interactive Menus
Feature Length Audio Commentary
Behind-the-Scenes Documentary
Alternate Audrey Hepburn Vocal Versions of Show Me and Wouldn't It Be Lovely?
Production Notes
4 Theatrical Trailers
Scene Access
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