A Night at the Opera

A Night at the Opera

DVD - 2004
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A New York scandal, a riot on a ship, and an evening of insanity in a concert hall are some of the problems resulting from Groucho's outrageous business schemes. The goal, to bring Milan's finest opera stars to Manhattan.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Entertainment : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2004
ISBN: 9780790790312
0790790319
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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the_bookwyrm
Aug 05, 2017

An excellent introduction to the Marx Brothers and their vaudevillian-style humor
While some of the wordplay went over my head, the sheer snark of Groucho, the talented piano of Chico, and the horn-induced pantomimes of Harpo play very well in this silly romp into the inner workings of operatic theatre. The ship cabin scene alone is enough to make you laugh with the extent the cast goes to try to fit into a small room.

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charmingsonata
Dec 01, 2015

They don't make movies like this anymore--it is silly like the Three Stooges, but a higher level of humor. Great one liners and witty jokes.

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garycornell
Jul 09, 2014

Groucho, Chico and Harpo all together for some of the best sight jokes you will ever see,. These brothers all had unique talents. Groucho will his sarcastic jokes. Chico who is always surprised by the obvious. Wonderful Harpo never says a word, but has a horn he beats and a harp that comes out when something looks romantic. Of course, Night at the Opera has music, but don't look for a soundtrack, this is just pure fun!

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kylereed
Apr 07, 2014

Doesn't quite match Duck Soup or Horse Feathers for me, but A Night at the Opera still has some fantastic Marx bits.

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ReidCooper
Nov 26, 2012

Classic movie, and the short 2004 documentary on the Marx Bros which is an added feature on this DVD is well worth watching, too.

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Keogh
Nov 09, 2012

The Marx Brothers at their absolute best. The comedy is smart and deviously funny, the pacing and the banter keeps the movie running along, and the ending is sheer perfection.

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rusty1273
Nov 09, 2012

this is the first Marx Brothers movie i ever saw, so it holds special memories for me. but upon seeing it again, i caught things i hadn't noticed before, and found myself giggling hysterically. Chico's piano piece is beyond perfection, and absolute genius. i recommend this to fans young and old, and to the uninitiated. you'll be glad you checked this one out.

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eecaad
Jun 20, 2012

Fun! It's got all the good Marx Bros stuff...Groucho's usual fast-paced biting humor, and some pro musical performances by Chico and Harpo. Classic.

As for the extra DVD content...How To Sleep was entertaining, but don't waste your time trying to find anything good in the other one (I don't remember what it's called, something that takes place in a club or award ceremony or something). There's a lot of talking and plot seems to ramble on, and the poor video/audio quality makes it impossible to follow.

Veepea Jan 03, 2012

It was good, but not my favourite Marx Bros. movie. The ending was pretty funny; you just really have to suspend your disbelief and sense of logic when you're watching one of their films.

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c_anderson
Nov 05, 2011

One of my favourite movies. So funny, even after countless viewings; sharp verbal humour and some classic slapstick.

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RonNasty64
Apr 26, 2010

Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! You can't fool me. There ain't no Sanity Clause!

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