Plot: The main character was imprisoned for years for stealing bread. He breaks parole and the movie is about his avoiding capture after he finds religion/repents and becomes saintly in his dealings with others. No more stealing bread. An obsessed policeman want to put him back in prison. It is a plot any first-grader could follow.
It is beautifully filmed. Loved the costumes and sets. The actors did the best they could acting and singing live at the same time.
If you love musicals, you will enjoy this one. But you REALLY need to love musicals where they sing the entire time, otherwise you are wasting time and money. This movie is not a movie with dialogue scenes and some musical numbers like The Wizard of Oz. I think this movie would have benefited from more spoken dialogue.
The actors sing to each other and they sing solos highlighting their angst. At one point, I was thinking this is like reading a book full of internal monologue. I never made any connection to this story or characters.
It is a long movie. Almost 3 hours long. Yes, I was in tears at the end because I was so happy when it was finally over. I'm not a huge fan of musicals and if you are not all up into musicals, wait for the DVD and you can skip through big chunks of it if you get bored.
Overall rating: A for presentation C for entertainment
Would I go see it again or buy it? No