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A Star Is Born (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 16 October 1954 (USA)
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A film star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career on a downward spiral.



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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »



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Destiny came at her with a leer! See more »


Drama | Musical | Romance


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Release Date:

16 October 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein neuer Stern am Himmel  »

Box Office


$5,019,770 (estimated)


$4,355,968 (USA)

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Technical Specs


(premiere) | (restored) | (DVD) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System) (magnetic prints)| (optical prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richard Burton was offered the role of Norman Maine, but he was busy filming The Robe (1953). See more »


While Vicki and Oliver are talking on the patio as Norman is listening in bed the seascape reflected on the glass doors behind them keeps resetting as though the film loop started over. See more »


Esther Blodgett: [seeing Norman drunk] Mr. Maine is feeling no pain!
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Featured in Hearts in Atlantis (2001) See more »


Here's What I'm Here For
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Judy Garland
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Be sure to see the restored version

Much has been written about this movie (to extremely great length) in other reviews, so I'll try to keep this fairly brief and concise.

First, the restored version runs at 176 minutes. The movie originally ran at 181 minutes, but was cut to 154 minutes when theater owners complained that they were losing money due to the excessive length. The cut destroyed the integrity of the movie - director Cukor never saw the movie again. However, the restored version contains stills to replace some of the cut footage, and gives a better sense of the film's power and scope.

Second, all four major studio versions of the story (including "What Price Hollywood?") have their own merits and differ greatly from one another. If you like the story, see them all and compare for yourself. It's quite fun to compare!

Third, definitely see this version for Judy. Sure, Judy's "The Man That Got Away" may be the greatest musical moment on cinema, but it's her dramatic performance that will keep your attention over almost three hours. James Mason is on target, and the supporting cast is fine, but Judy just dominates the screen. It's an opportunity to see a true genius in action at the absolute height of her powers. For more dramatic Judy, see her in "The Clock".

George Cukor was acclaimed as the great director of actresses, and he raises Judy to the height she deserves. I love Judy. This is a 10 out of 10.

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