A British scribe (Michael York) and his comrades -- including a flamboyant American nightclub entertainer named Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) -- chronicle the debauchery and turbulence of prewar Berlin in director Bob Fosse's big-screen adaptation of a musical classic. Existing in a morally ambiguous void, the characters doggedly maintain their facades as the world outside the cabaret gears for war.
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- Bob Fosse
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1973 BAFTA®
- 1973 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
- Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
- Best Director (Motion Picture) nominee
- Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture nominee
- Top 100 Movies
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
English, Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer; making-of featurette; behind-the-scenes featurette.
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this Academy-Award-winning musical is chock full of sexual innuendo and frank talk about casual sex, both hetero- and homosexual. Main characters smoke and drink throughout the film while living decadent, if impoverished, lives. The movie is set against the backdrop of the Nazis' rise to power in Germany, with a couple scenes of violence related to Nazi conflicts. The main character has an abortion.
- Sexual Content
- Plenty of discussion about sex -- Bowles talks about how she has frequent casual sex, another character describes an aggressive sexual encounter, brief talk about homosexual relations. A few post-coital scenes. Some kissing. The main character has an abortion.
- A few violent scenes -- one of a man getting beaten up and left unconscious, one of a crime scene where a man appears dead with blood around him, and one tussle between a main character and some Nazis that results in a bruised face.
- Moderate frequency of swear words like "bastard," "goddamnit," "screw," and "s--t."
- Social Behavior
- The messages are complicated, but involve the importance of love and companionship, as well as the incredible human capacity for endurance.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Frequent smoking and drinking, sometimes to excess and sometimes with the express intent to reduce anxiety.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it