Cabaret Poster

Release Date: 1972

DVD Release Date: November 18th, 1997

PG|2 hr 4 min

Plot Summary
In Berlin in 1931, American cabaret singer Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) meets British academic Brian Roberts (Michael York), who is finishing his university studies. Despite Brian's confusion over his sexuality, the pair become lovers, but the arrival of the wealthy and decadent playboy Maximilian von Heune (Helmut Griem) complicates matters for them both. This love triangle plays out against the rise of the Nazi party and the collapse of the Weimar Republic.

Cast: Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Fritz Wepper, Marisa Berenson, Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel, Helen Vita

Director: Bob Fosse

Genres: Musical

Production Co: ABC Circle Films, American Broadcasting Company (ABC)

Keywords: Transformation, Love triangle, Love, 1930s, Creative

Ratings & Reviews

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  • This is no ordinary musical. Part of its success comes because it doesn't fall for the old cliché that musicals have to make you happy. Instead of cheapening the movie version by lightening its load of despair, director Bob Fosse has gone right to the bleak heart of the material and stayed there well enough to win an Academy Award for Best Director. show more

  • Chilling Fosse vision of Weimar Berlin, stylishly directed and choreographed, featuring a show-stopping musical performance by Minnelli, Grey's unforgettable emcee and thoughtful acting from Michael York. show more

  • It stands as a hugely enjoyable, occasionally chilling, musical. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Winner Film Editing
Winner Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Winner Cinematography
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Winner Art Direction
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Winner Directing
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Winner Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Winner Art Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Winner Music (Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score)
Winner Soundtrack
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Winner Sound