Sweet Charity

Synopsis: Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands, and Hope that she will finally meet the nice young man to romance her away from her sleazy life. Maybe, just maybe, handsome Oscar will be the one to do it.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director(s): Bob Fosse
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
149 min

Oh, Charlie, I'm on time, right?

Wrong. You know what I did today?

I looked at furniture.

At couches that turn into beds and chairs that

turn into beds and lamps that turn into beds.

And then, you know, I went to look at wedding

rings. And then... look. For my trousseau.

And you know, Charlie,

that's not all I did today.

I went to the bank, you know?

And I took every last cent I own...

All $427.

So now we can put

a down payment on something.

Oh, Charlie, it's such

a great world, isn't it?

Today I feel New York is

really my personal property

Right down Broadway

to City Hall

Every supermarket

every five and ten

All of Lincoln Center

and the great U.N.

They're all my personal property

The zoo in Central Park is

merely my private menagerie

I've carved my name on every tree

From Yonkers Raceway

to Bowling Green

I own everything around

and in between

It's all my personal property

The planetarium is mine alone

The old aquarium I also own

And since I feel today New York

is really my personal property

I'll tell you what I'm gonna do

Since I like you very much

So very, very much

I'm gonna split it with you

With you

With you

With you

With you

Hey, Charlie, you know, this is my

own personal, private wishing well.

Hey! Let's make a wish...

and then throw somethin' in

after for luck.

Since I like you very much

So very, very much

I'm gonna give it


I wish...

Oh! Help!

Help! I can't...

I can't swim!

Help! I can't...

Help! I can't...

I can't swim! Help me!

Look, Walter. There's a girl in

there drowning. Don't look, dear.

But, Walter!

Don't look, I tell you.

Don't get involved.

It's none of our business.


Oh, God.

Here, help! Somebody help!

Somebody grab her ankles.

She looks dead.

Doesn't she look dead to you?

I don't know.

I've never seen her before.

Shake her well 'til the

water is out. She's coming to.

Oh, my God! I'm in Australia!

Put me down!

Put me down!

What do you think you're doing?

Go away! Don't look at me!

Don't look at me! Take it

easy, honey. You almost drowned.

- Charlie. Where's Charlie?

- I bet she tried to knock herself off.

Apparently over

a fellow named Charlie.

Who took my shoe?

Where's my shoe?

Well, don't stare at me. Don't

stare at me. Please leave me alone.

Please leave me alone!

Come on, everybody! Let's all go

home! Break it up! Move it back.

Charlie! Why did you

do it, Charlie?

The aquacade is all over. Hey,

be careful. She's a crazy lady.

Let's go now. Come on.

Hey, you all right, miss?

I'm fine.

I'm just fine.

Just put it down in your book.

The crazy, drowned lady feels fine.

All right, miss. Would you care to

tell us what happened?

I lost my shoe.

That's what happened.

Hey, Monte, look for

her other shoe, will you?

Yeah, Monte, look for

her other shoe.

What's it look like?

It looks like that one.

What does it look like. All

right, miss. What's your name?


Charity Hope Valentine.

Charity Hope Valentine?

Just write it. Just...

Here it is. I found it.



Social consultant.


The Fandango Ballroom.

Dance hall hostess.

Oh, you mean you work in

one of those tango palaces.

It's temporary.

Length of employment?

Eight years. Suppose you tell me

what you were doin' in the water.

Oh, well, my fianc, Charlie... Well,

he's not exactly my fianc exactly,

but we are engaged to be wed the

minute his own marriage breaks up.

Anyway, we had this rendezvous

to meet in the park,

and, uh, I was just about to make

a wish by throwin' in this penny...

when... I don't know... I guess

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Neil Simon

Marvin Neil Simon (born July 4, 1927) credited as Neil Simon, is an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his plays. He has received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer.Simon grew up in New York City during the Great Depression, with his parents' financial hardships affecting their marriage, giving him a mostly unhappy and unstable childhood. He often took refuge in movie theaters where he enjoyed watching the early comedians like Charlie Chaplin. After a few years in the Army Air Force Reserve, and after graduating from high school, he began writing comedy scripts for radio and some popular early television shows. Among them were Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows from 1950 (where he worked alongside other young writers including Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and Selma Diamond), and The Phil Silvers Show, which ran from 1955 to 1959. He began writing his own plays beginning with Come Blow Your Horn (1961), which took him three years to complete and ran for 678 performances on Broadway. It was followed by two more successful plays, Barefoot in the Park (1963) and The Odd Couple (1965), for which he won a Tony Award. It made him a national celebrity and "the hottest new playwright on Broadway." During the 1960s to 1980s, he wrote both original screenplays and stage plays, with some films actually based on his plays. His style ranged from romantic comedy to farce to more serious dramatic comedy. Overall, he has garnered 17 Tony nominations and won three. During one season, he had four successful plays running on Broadway at the same time, and in 1983 became the only living playwright to have a New York theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, named in his honor. more…

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