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The Unsinkable Molly Brown

The Unsinkable Molly Brown
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
  • UR
  • 2h 8m
  • 1964
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Debbie Reynolds stars in one of the most popular of all Broadway musicals.Adventurous, young Molly Tobin (DEBBIE REYNOLDS) moves alone to the Colorado mining camp of Leadville with a dream of becoming rich. There, she marries tall and handsome Irish prospector "Leadville" Johnny Brown (HARVE PRESNELL), who soon discovers a gold mine almost as rich as Molly's ambition. But even with their newfound wealth, Molly is snubbed by Colorado's social leaders. Undaunted, she and Johnny sail for Europe, where Molly educates herself and the couple become beloved celebrities of European society.But they yearn for the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Molly sails for America on the Titanic and becomes an internationally famous heroine, the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown, after her courage during the ship's disaster.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Film Journal International
Daniel Eagan

Razzle-dazzle biopic kept afloat by a determined Reynolds.

June 21, 2017
Michael Szymanski

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Debbie Reynolds is center stage in spirited 1964 musical.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Unsinkable Molly Brown, with its vibrant singing and dancing, was the crowning achievement in Debbie Reynold's onscreen musical career as a leading lady. The story is "based upon" the true rags-to-riches story of America's Molly Brown, raised in a two-room, backwoods hovel in 1867, who became a wealthy socialite and philanthropist. In 1912, Molly survived the sinking of the Titanic, behaving heroically, as legend has it, in the process. In this version of the tale, Molly as a very young woman is surrounded by an assortment of exaggerated country "yokels," both hard-drinking and quick-to-fight. Several brawls and scuffles, some of them fueled by alcohol, are played comically, often turning into lively dance numbers. In only one instance is there a physical assault that is to be taken seriously (Spoiler Alert: a forceful slap). A few mild swear words ("damn," "hell") are heard. Several romantic scenes include: kissing, a married couple beginning to undress, and some brief, veiled references to infidelity. In one scene, Molly is shown bathing in a river -- no nudity, but it's clear that she's been observed by a stranger with a sense of humor. Several painted-up prostitutes appear in barroom scenes and are stand-out members of the dancing team. Later scenes involve typically snooty upper-class stereotypes, who are the film's main antagonists. Overall, however, the movie is a lighthearted, music-filled, coming-of-age story with a heroine who learns important lessons about being herself, finding true happiness, and standing up for what she believes is right.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:June 11, 1964
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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