My Fair Lady: Special Edition
In this classic cinematic version of the Broadway smash, Audrey Hepburn is at her most radiant as Eliza Doolittle, the Cockney flower girl transformed into a poised duchess by Professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison, reprising his Broadway role). The restored and remastered special edition includes an audio commentary with crew members and Doolittle's singing voice, Marni Nixon. The film won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
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- George Cukor
- This movie is
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1966 BAFTA®
- Best Film
- Best Actor nominee: Rex Harrison
- 1965 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
- Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
- Best Director (Motion Picture)
- Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture nominee
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- Top 100 Passions
- Top 100 Movies nominee
- 1965 Academy Award®
- Best Art Direction Color
- Best Actor: Rex Harrison
- Best Picture
- Best Cinematography Color
- Best Director: George Cukor
- Best Sound
- Best Costume Design Color
- Best Music Score
- Best Supporting Actor nominee: Stanley Holloway
- Best Supporting Actress nominee: Gladys Cooper
- Best Film Editing nominee
- Best Writing Adapted Screenplay nominee
GGeneral audiences. All ages admitted.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary.
English SDH, Dutch, French, Spanish (Neutral), German, Italian, Japanese, PortugueseClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS 7.1 HDOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; commentary; vintage featurettes; Comments on a Lady.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this classic musical is entertaining for all ages, though it may be too long (almost three hours) for the youngest kids. It's a biting satire that treats both the most egotistical snob and the "lowliest" street person with gentle humor and respect. It's also a romantic story without even a kiss. There are no villains; there's no violence (a few references to beating a woman for misbehaving are intended to be humorous). With the exception of one "ass" and a couple of "damns," there's no iffy language, either. A few scenes depict moderate drinking on social occasions, there's one shot of a tipsy bridegroom on the way to his wedding, and one main character smokes a cigar.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable.
- One humorous scene in which Eliza is forced against her will to bathe, probably for the very first time in her life. She howls and shrieks as she tries to avoid the bath, but the tone is comedic, not threatening. In one later scene, Eliza gets angry at Professor Higgins, throws his slippers at him, and raises a hand as if to strike him. Humorous references to beating a woman for misbehaving.
- A single use of "ass," and a few "damns" as an introduction to a song.
- Social Behavior
- The movie draws a sharp, satirical contrast between Britain's lower and upper classes in the early 1900s, then shows that even a "lowly," uneducated person can succeed given desire, persistence, and an education. At the same time, a well-bred member of the upper class -- an outspoken misogynist and elitist -- learns a lot about women, as well as about superficial appearance versus inner beauty (ultimately, the sexism that propels him is shown as a handicap). Also, true love can appear in the most unexpected places.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Eliza's father is referred to as a heavy drinker. Some drinking of wine or cocktails in social settings. Professor Higgins smokes a cigar. An exuberant scene in a pub shows characters toasting and drinking with whiskey, beer, etc. as they prepare to attend a wedding.
- 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