Telling the American Story: American musical – Oklahoma!
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Dir Fred Zinnemann
USA 1955, 145 min
In English, with English subtitles
Set in the Oklahoma Territory, it tells the story of the farm girl Laurey Williams and her courtship by two rival suitors, the cowboy Curly McLain and the sinister and frightening farmhand Jud Fry. A secondary romance concerns Laurey’s friend Ado Annie and the cowboy Will Parker, who also has an unwilling rival. A background theme is the territory’s aspiration for statehood, and the local conflict between cattlemen and farmers.
The film won two Academy Awards and was nominated for two others.