The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.


Family / Fantasy / Music / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 81%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 75%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 3,528


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George Chakiris as Etienne
Hans Conried as Dr. Terwilliker
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624.94 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
89 min
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1.32 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
89 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by XweAponX 10 / 10 / 10

The most underrated film of all time

I saw this when I was about 5 years old and the images were burned into my brain. Images created by Dr. Seuss! I especially remember the Twilliker Institute, with it's electrified Barbed Wire Fence... And the curved ladder into the sky... And all of he strange and wonderful musical instruments played by the prisoners in the dungeon. And the costumes that possibly inspired the makers of Star Trek, the hoods in this film look like the Original Klingons (Without the forehead makeup). And the wonderful music and dancing and the insane lyrics written by Dr Seuss! Seeing this film at an early age definitely affected me... And it also made me afraid of music teachers. But it was not music teachers but Normality and Forced Peer Pressure I despised- The being told. HOW to dress, HOW to talk, HOW to walk, HOW to live! This film is, as Groucho Marx says: Is "Against That." What this film is for, is free musical expression, and free speech. This film teaches us, that not all people talk or look the same way. And the ever growing popularity of this film shows us a great deal about our societies: 30 years ago, freedom of expression was NOT encouraged, but now it is. This film will forever be on the front lines of free speech, and it is probably one of the most important films ever made, due to the fact that a child can figure this out about the film, that it is about freedom. And the biggest mistake regarding this film is by parents who insist that "This is a movie not intended for children" or that the film is not appropriate for children: I can say with 100% assurance that this is false, that I saw this film when I was a small child and I believe I benefited from the experience. This film should be shown to small children, but with discretion because some of the images can frighten a child: But because my parents were in the room I did not get frightened by the imagery. The way this film is shown to a child can affect a child's creativity forever- And if the child is frightened, well then they can always watch it later. I was mortally afraid of Mr. Magoo cartoons until I was about 3 years old, the noise frightened me. But about 1 year after I was frightened by the introduction to a Mr. Magoo cartoon, I saw this, with my brother and parents, and we all loved it. What is amazing was the almost 100% negative reaction to this film by the critics of the time, and we can thank whatever deities that they were 100% wrong.

Reviewed by aramis-112-804880 8 / 10 / 10

I Love a Good Children's Film

Ever since I was a child myself, being force-fed junk like "Snowball Express", I've loved a good "children's film." I hate to use the words, since a good movie is a good movie, whatever its target audience (and the best so-called "Children's Film" can be enjoyed by adults--and adults who have not lost their sense of wonder. And though the reputation of "The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T." has been enhanced by its being rejected (by the sort of people who adopt troubled dogs at the pound, like a cousin of mine, rather than the cute ones), it fails at the primary goal of all movies: entertainment. First, the good! Hans Conreid, one of the great underrated actors, dances between shining wonderfully and chewing the scenery (also wonderful) as Dr. Terwilliker, who wants to have his piano students doomed to playing a very long piano. It was Conreid's big chance as an actor, and he made the most of it. Also excellent are the Dr. Seuss-designed sets! They're wackily Seusslike. It's too bad it's a place dominated by the evil Dr. Terwilliker, for what child, under better circumstances, wouldn't want a playhouse like this! Every shot in Terwilliker's palace has something worth seeing. Most importantly, since he has the central role, former "Lassie" star Tommy Rettig isn't bad as Bartholomew Collins. His singing voice is dubbed, but that's just fine with me. Like the kids in "Mary Poppins" he's not overly cute and his dilemma seems real. It's too bad he's stuck in that awful cap (I never liked beanies and refused to wear them at Rettig's age). Some parents have complained about the film's dark side. Trust me: kids are more resilient than today's mushy parents credit them for. They might get nightmares (who doesn't--you wake up, so what?) But kids enjoy being frightened. One of my all time favorite Christmas films is "Scrooge" with Albert Finney and it scared me witless when I saw it in the theater. Unfortunately, the film is a musical. This is a mistake so many children's films make. Since this is a movie about a piano teacher, songs do make sense, but the production lurches from one leaden song to another. Only a couple, focusing on Terwilliker's evil side, have any merit. You're still not going out whistling them. But children's flicks don't just have great children, they have to have great parents (acting-wise, that is). The actress playing Bartholomew's mother (admittedly a small part) lacks charisma and her career petered out by the time she was forty. The pivotal adult role, the heroic plumber August Zabladowski, requires a third- or fourth-string Danny Kaye. While it's funny to hear Bartholomew running through Dr. Terwilliker's palace calling "Mister Zabladowski!" over and over, when he actually arrives he's uninteresting. It's a film worth seeing--once--for Dr. Seuss' design. But just because a movie has a poor reception doesn't mean it's "Le Sacre du Printemps" all over again. I suppose one day "Heaven's Gate" will be reconsidered as a cult classic by folks who adopt an air of superiority by pretending to enjoy a film most people found dreadful. Sometimes, in the end, films are dreadful. Perhaps by recasting the mother and plumber or tweaking the songs they might have had a minor classic. Instead, they have the not-so-rare phenomenon of a children's film crafted . . . for adults, because it will bore rather than scare kids. And it bores adults when Conreid leaves the screen. It's not a good movie when you're watching the wonderful backdrops rather than the actors.

Reviewed by seasoningspice 8 / 10 / 10

Sometimes it actually does take forever......

As a child I had a rampant imagination. As an adult I still do. Naturally it has been tempered and affected by adulthood itself, but I still remember what it was like to play pretend and go on wild journeys through my own thoughts. And out of all the children's movies I've seen, this one captures that experience the most accurately and brilliantly. Ultimately the plot is very straightforward: a boy hates learning piano and dreams of being trapped in a world ruled by his piano teacher, co-ruled by his well-meaning (but, to him, hypnotized) mother who believes learning to play an instrument will be good for him in the end, and inhabited by a lone friendly soul in the local plumber (or, as Hans Conried says, plumbah). He wants to rescue his mother, to regain a father figure in the plumber, and to defeat his teacher's tyrannical dictatorship, and he does all of the above. But truth be told, it doesn't need to be any more complicated than that. This is a story told through the eyes of a child. It's that childlike quality, and the simplicity of the narrative, that brings all the charm. There are no real plot twists, no real feelings of desperation and hopelessness, no moments in the third act where the main character sits alone in the rain thinking his goals will never be accomplished. Everything moves briskly, swiftly, and very entertainingly along. With one exception: the dungeon ballet sequence. I have to mention this because it singlehandedly bumped my score from a 9/10 to an 8/10. Not only does it drag on far too long, with development upon development, but it also looks and sounds and just plain feels like it came straight out of another movie. There's a sort of deranged hallucinatory atmosphere about everything, and hallucinations are still very different from childhood dreams or even childhood nightmares. The only thing tying the ballet to the actual content of the movie itself is the usage of everyday household items such as radiators in the dance - that's unique and innovative, but it doesn't save the sequence from itself. Perhaps it was meant to imitate something like the Pink Elephants On Parade sequence in Dumbo, but it just doesn't work. Otherwise, the best way I can describe this movie is by the word "sparkling". The performances, the surprisingly witty and natural dialogue, the music and songs, even the sets and the extras all sparkle. And as I mentioned before, there is never truly a sense of desperation; I watched fully aware that the heroes would get out of trouble, but not aware of how. For a sparkling adventure like this, that's the best kind of feeling. I also have to politely disagree with those who find Hans Conried's Dr. T. scarier than, say, the Wicked Witch of the West. To me his entire character speaks of a frantic scramble for power that he simply does not have; I personally got the impression that Dr. T. was actually a terrible pianist and was attempting to make up for this by lording it over as many students as possible! Not only that, but Hans' performance has something strangely endearing to it, a sort of childlike quality itself, right down to his proud surveying of his army during their song and the shocked moments of jealousy you see him go through as he watches Mrs. C. and the plumbah dance together. He's just as charming as the rest of the movie, to the point that it's a real shame to watch him suddenly disappear at the end. (But I admit I'm biased, as I'd take him over any of the Old Hollywood "heartthrobs".) In the end, despite how great the cut content may have been, I think the final product benefits all the same. Its simple charm and warm qualities don't make it cheesy or corny, because it comes from that child's point of view. When our hero Bart jumps from the top rung of a ladder miles above ground and untucks his shirt to let it act as a parachute, it comes across as the most natural possible development, because this is his mind we're seeing, right down to the wish for a replacement father to support and help both himself and his mother. It's relatable, funny, sweet, sometimes almost biting in its commentary (which makes me wonder how much more biting the original cut was), earnest, and somehow very real in the midst of total unreality.

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