The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy

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A naive Amish young woman runs away from her home in Pennsylvania to New York City where she hopes to act in religious stage plays but ends up performing in Burlesque theatre.

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  • Harry Andrews in The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968)
  • Norman Wisdom in The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968)
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3 January 2005 | sstover
| one of the best
This movie captures the time period so beautifully and is the only movie I've ever seen that does so with this genre, it must be accepted as exceptional. The cinematography is very good, the acting excellent, the story very good, and the music perfect. The final touches are real burlesque acts in their entirety, great side acts not part of the stage yet depicting burlesque, great tension (the Amish father, Minskys father, and the threat of closing the theater down for moral reasons), and most of all seeing the movie through the eyes of a titillated Amish virgin, create the kind of perfection rarely seen in cinema. I saw this movie 35 years ago and forgot about it. I just viewed it and realize it deserves to be recognized as exceptional. Not a discarded movie rarely seen on cable.

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The opening scene shows Rachel Schpitendavel Britt Ekland riding the 'ell' (New York's elevated trains) in Manhattan to the lower east side area. As the last ell in Manhattan had been dismantled in the late 50's (the 3rd Avenue el), the scene was shot on what was (and is still) a integral part of NYC's subway system; the above-ground lines running through parts of Brooklyn. The only difference between what was once known as the els and the above-ground lines, is that the els were lines in and of themselves, whereas the above-ground tracks are parts of lines which travel underground (i.e. the 'sub' - in 'subway') as well. When the els in Manhattan's east side were taken down, it left the entire east side (north-south) only transferable by either buses or the Lexington Ave. lines the N°s. 4, 5 & 6 trains, because trying to dig a subway line - in a city where space is at a premium - so difficult, that it took almost 75 years since work actually began to complete only a minor portion of the much-delayed Second Ave. line (it opened January,2017).


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The film was set in 1925, but in the opening montage, a stock shot of Times Square shows a marquee with "All Quiet in the Western Front", which opened in New York on April 29, 1930.

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The words in the title flash on the screen individually in between shots of the raiding vice cops.


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Music by
Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams

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