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Funny Girl (1968)

G  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  19 September 1968 (USA)
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Plain faced Fanny Brice rises to stardom on the New York Vaudeville Stage and maintains a turbulent marriage with suave gambler Nick Arnstein.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Medford ...
Lee Allen ...
Mittie Lawrence ...
Gertrude Flynn ...
Mrs. O'Malley
Penny Santon ...
Mrs. Meeker
John Harmon ...
Company Manager
Bettina Brenna ...


Early twentieth century New York. Fanny Brice knows that she is a talented comedienne and singer. She also knows that she is not the beauty typical of the stage performers of the day, she with skinny legs and a crooked nose among other physical issues. So she knows she has to use whatever other means to get her break in show business, that break so that she can at least display her talents. With the help of Eddie Ryan who would become her friend, Fanny is able to get a part in a novelty act in a vaudeville show, the renown from which eventually comes to the attention of famed impresario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.. Fanny does become one of the Ziegfeld Follies most popular acts, despite she almost getting fired after her first performance by defying Flo's artistic vision for her closing number. Beyond stage success, Fanny also wants a happy personal life, most specifically with the suave Nicky Arnstein, a gambler in every respect of the word. Fanny loves him and loves that he loves her ... Written by Huggo

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People who see FUNNY GIRL are the luckiest people in the world!


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Release Date:

19 September 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ena asteio koritsi  »

Box Office


$14,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$65,560 (USA) (31 August 2001)


$223,306 (USA) (5 October 2001)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Barbra Streisand was, at the time of the film's release, a voting member of AMPAS. When she found she was nominated, she, like any member nominated, voted for herself. If she hadn't, she wouldn't have tied with Katharine Hepburn for the year's Best Actress Oscar. See more »


In the movie before Fanny and Nick married in 1919 she had followed him from Baltimore to New York City to head to Europe aboard the R.M.S. Berengaria. Originally that ship was part of the Hamburg-America line and was christened the S.S. Imperator; it was not until late 1920 that she was re-christened R.M.S. Berengaria when she was taken over by Cunard as part of war reparations. See more »


[first lines]
Fanny Brice: [looking in the mirror] Hello, gorgeous.
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Referenced in Just Shoot Me!: Funny Girl (1998) See more »


Sadie, Sadie
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Bob Merrill
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The Greatest Star?...

...Perhaps not. But for nearly 2 1/2 hours in "Funny Girl," Barbra Streisand at least makes a convincing case for herself.

Forget about the television airings you've seen. Throw away your old video cassette copy. Instead, see the restored, widescreen, road show version now in limited theatrical release. It is the ONLY way to truly appreciate the talents of Ms. Streisand and, more notably, the film's brilliant director, William Wyler.

Movies today no longer look like movies. The highest compliment one can pay "Funny Girl" is that it is a grand, glorious MOVIE in the truest sense. Wyler's brilliance is never more evident than in his glorious treatment of the "Don't Rain on My Parade" sequence, the stunning camerawork of "The Swan," and the incredibly effective set-up of the "My Man" finale.

Ms. Streisand doesn't really give a performance; she simply is Barbra. Every "Barbra-ism" that we have come to know, love and hate over the years is already crystallized at this point. Her brashness can be off-putting, but by the end of the movie, one is completely won over by the sheer enormity of her talent and presence. Yes, you can see the beginnings of the blind egomania that has marred her performances for the last 20-odd years (to be generous); but you cannot deny her brilliance, either. And to see her extraordinary face in full-screen close up is breathtaking. Kudos to the director, lighting director, and make-up artist for making Streisand appear so wonderful in this.

From the sweepingly orchestrated titles to the high-drama impact of the showstopping finale, this is Entertainment with a capital E. About 20 minutes could have been trimmed, and exactly why Omar Sharif was cast remains a mystery; but at the end of the picture, these quibbles are trivial. Did I laugh? Yes. Did I cry? Yes. Was I thrilled, excited, entertained? You betcha.

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