Cabaret (1972 film)

1972 film by Bob Fosse

Cabaret is a 1972 musical film about a female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin who romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

Life is a cabaret, ol' chum, so come to the Cabaret.
Directed by Bob Fosse. Written by Jay Presson Allen, loosely based on the 1966 Broadway musical Cabaret by Kander and Ebb.
Life is a cabaret (taglines)

Sally Bowles

  • [singing] Life is a cabaret, ol' chum, so come to the Cabaret.
  • [repeated line] Divine decadence darling.
  • I'm going to be a great film star! That is, if booze and sex don't get me first.

Brian Roberts

  • [to Sally Bowles] Doesn't my body drive you wild with desire?
  • Aren't you ever gonna stop deluding yourself, hmm? Handling Max? Behaving like some ludicrous little underage femme fatale? You're... you're about as fatale as an after dinner mint!

Fritz Wendel

  • Do you know what she has done to me? It's terrible! She has turned me into an honest man.

Master of Ceremonies

  • Leave your troubles outside! So life is disappointing? Forget it! In here, life is beautiful! The girls are beautiful! Even the orchestra is beautiful! [The orchestra plays.] Beautiful!
  • And now presenting the cabaret girls! Heidi, Christine, Mouzy, Helga, Betty, und Inge. Each and every one a virgin. You don't believe me? Well, do not take my word for it! Go ahead, ask Helga! Ha ha ha ha ha ha! Outside, it is winter. But here, it is so hot. Every night we have the battle to keep the girls from taking off all their clothing. So don't go away. Who knows? Tonight we may lose the battle!


Brian: You're American.
Sally: Oh God, how depressing! You're meant to think I'm an international woman of mystery. I'm working on it like mad.

Sally: I suppose you're wondering what I'm doing, working at a place like the Kit Kat Club.
Brian: Well, it is a rather unusual place.
Sally: That's me, darling. Unusual places, unusual love affairs. I am a most strange and extraordinary person.

Natalia: I am sorry to bother you, but I could not tell no one else. I do not know no other woman who gives her body so frequently... Oh! I am sorry, my English. Have I offended you?
Sally: Oh, no, not at all.
Natalia: You are a woman of many sexual experiences, I think.
Sally: I'll say, darling. Ever since I was so high, men have found me irresistible.

Brian: Screw Maximilian!
Sally: I do.
Brian: So do I.
Sally: You two bastards!
Brian: Two? Two? Shouldn't that be three?

Brian: How's the, uh, gigolo campaign going?
Fritz: Terrible. This week, already I'm giving up three dinner invitations to spend thirty-two marks on her.
Brian: That's quite a sacrifice.
Fritz: And here's the craziness: I like it. Goddamn it!
Brian: What?
Fritz: I think I'm falling in love with her.
Brian: Oh, I'm so sorry.
Fritz: So am I.

[Sally and Brian are in bed together.]
Sally: Obviously, those three girls were-
Sally and Brian together: -just the wrong three girls!

Brian: You did it, didn't you?
Sally: Did what, darling?
Brian: The abortion. In God's name, why?
Sally: One of my whims?


  • Life is a cabaret.
  • Everybody loves a winner!
  • Cabaret... Winner of 8 Academy Awards!
  • A divinely decadent experience!
  • Come to the cabaret.