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Almost Angels (1962)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family, Music | 26 September 1962 (USA)
Supported avidly by his mother and more reluctantly at first by his father, a working-class Austrian boy joins the Vienna Choirboys, where he proves to be unusually talented. The standard ... See full summary »

Director:

Steve Previn

Writers:

Vernon Harris, Robert A. Stemmle (original story) (as R.A. Stemmle)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Vincent Winter ... Tony Fiala
Sean Scully Sean Scully ... Peter Schaefer
Peter Weck ... Max Heller
Hans Holt ... Director Eisinger
Bruni Löbel ... Mother Fiala
Fritz Eckhardt Fritz Eckhardt ... Father Fiala
Denis Gilmore ... Friedel Schmidt
Hennie Scott Hennie Scott ... Ferdie
Gunther Philipp Gunther Philipp ... Radio Announcer
Hermann Furthmosek Hermann Furthmosek ... Choirmaster
Hans Christian Hans Christian ... Choirmaster
Walter Regelsberger Walter Regelsberger ... Choirmaster
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heinz Grohmann Heinz Grohmann ... Music Teacher
Heidi Grübl Heidi Grübl ... Seamstress
Bernard Hindinger Bernard Hindinger ... Felix Meinl
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Storyline

Supported avidly by his mother and more reluctantly at first by his father, a working-class Austrian boy joins the Vienna Choirboys, where he proves to be unusually talented. The standard initiation ordeals which new boys must endure at the hands of their seniors are intensified in his case because he has aroused the jealousy of Peter, the head chorister, by singing a solo which Peter had long sung himself. The fact is that Peter's voice is breaking, and with a broken voice often comes a broken heart. But, encouraged by the director and all the boys, Peter begins to develop in a new role as composer and conductor. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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Taglines:

BOYSterous DOGS and the DOGgondest BOYS ...together they spell FUN! [double bill with re-release of "Lady and the Tramp"]

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Akár az angyalok See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

On its first (and possibly only) theatrical run, this film was shown as the second feature on a double bill with the 1962 re-release of Lady and the Tramp (1955). See more »

Goofs

The program for the Sydney, Australia concert misspells Sydney as Sidney. See more »

Quotes

Peter Schaefer: Bet I can beat you to the top.
Tony Fiala: Bet you can't.
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Soundtracks

Roses From the South
Written by Johann Strauss
Performed as part of the Strauss Opera
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A young boy is welcomed into the Vienna Boys Choir to the delight of his mother, and the dismay (but later delight) of his father
25 June 2006 | by mrd1019See all my reviews

I'll be brief. "Almost Angels" has always been one of my favorite live-action Disney movies because of the singing and the story. As a young boy, I enjoyed music (I still do), and always thought having an experience like Tony's would be wonderful.

Sean Scully, a stock Disney child actor, does an OK job as the older boy whose voice is changing. Not great, but OK. I do have to say that his choral directing technique needs lots of work, however; he would have benefited from some simple instruction.

The movie is delightfully family-safe. Some will love it, some will think it's cheesy (which it may be). If you like music, especially the Vienna Choir Boys, watch the movie. Don't watch it to be intellectually challenged or anything like that. Watch it for the entertainment value. The Boys Choir music is wonderful, the scenery is beautiful. It has a reasonably realistic storyline, and most of the actors do a fair job.

I would love to see this on DVD someday - I would buy it immediately. Until then, you'll just have to look for it at the video store or watch for it on the Disney Channel.


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