From Stage to Silver Screen: Top 15 Movie Musicals of the Last 50 Years

By Ben Rimalower
14 Sep 2013

Richard O'Brien

9. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975, directed by Jim Sharman)

From the lewdly disembodied lips offering exposition on "the late-night, double feature picture show" to the surprisingly emotional 11 o'clock ballad "I'm Going Home," "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" dazzles by functioning on a multiple layers at once from quaint to commentary to camp to cutting edge to compelling. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is so easy to digest, you can miss just how substantial a piece of work it is, but its major international success is well deserved and the ubiquity of "The Time Warp" is ample evidence of its status.

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