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A Night At The Opera


The zany Marx Brothers turn an operatic performance into chaos in their efforts to promote their protégé's romance with the leading lady.

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common sense

ON for kids age 7
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
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Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
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Violence & scariness
0 out of 5

Marx Brothers masterpiece is still hilarious.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that children studying piano may especially enjoy Chico's speciality -- playing the piano while his fingers do acrobatics. And all children will enjoy learning that the stars were real-life brothers, who performed together for most of their lives.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why Rodolfo won't sing to the people who came to say goodbye to him. Also, in this movie the Marx brothers play people who aren't very nice -- they steal, they cheat, they lie, and they cause havoc. How does the movie make you like them anyway?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

4 stars

The Marx's Brothers are for sure one of the best comedians ever, and A Night At The Opera is a terrific prove of that.

- fb100002359227440, Friday, August 3, 2012

3 stars

I can't still completely warm up to the Marx Brothers, but I can't deny the film has some incredibly funny moments

- fb1341085175, Sunday, October 23, 2011

5 stars

Otis B. Driftwood is a small-time theatrical agent scamming the wealthy Mrs Claypool in a deal to sponsor a New York opera company. Meanwhile, the disreputable Fiorello and Tomasso are trying to help their friend Riccardo gain recognition as a tenor. The swindlers' plans collide during a very unorthodox production of Verdi's Il Trovatore ... This was the Marx Brothers first big-budget movie with MGM, and many cite it as their best film. It is a beautiful production by the legendary Irving G. Thalberg, with a first-rate script by the talented Broadplay playwright George S. Kaufman and some incredibly funny sequences. Personally, it's not my favourite but its a close second (my favorite would have to be Horse Feathers), purely because I think the romantic subplot between Carlisle and Jones gets in the way too much and there's not enough of the irresistible Dumont. That aside however, there is lots of wonderful music and plenty of side-splitting scenes; the pack-everyone-in-Groucho's-cabin episode, the contract-shortening sequence ("You no fool me, there is-a no Sanity Claus !"), the chase-the-beds-around-the-hotel-room bit and the total cultural destruction of that bastion of upper-class social prowess, the metropolitan opera, with Groucho throwing peanuts to the crowd and Harpo sliding pirate-style down the backdrops. A wonderfully nutty black-and-white comedy classic.

- cancercapricorn2002, Tuesday, April 12, 2011