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Funny Girl -- Barbra Streisand's debut film won her the Academy Award(r) for her performance as singer-comediene, Fanny Brice. Nominated for seven other awards, this classic musical film contrasts Fanny's onstage antics with her offstage romance with dashing gambler, Nicky Arnstein (Omar Shariff).

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Director:
Writers:
Isobel Lennart (book)
Isobel Lennart (from the original story by: based on the play with)
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Release Date:
19 September 1968 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
People who see FUNNY GIRL are the luckiest people in the world!
Plot:
Plain faced Fanny Brice rises to stardom on the New York Vaudeville Stage and maintains a turbulent marriage with suave gambler Nick Arnstein. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 6 wins & 16 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Greatest Star?... See more (72 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Barbra Streisand ... Fanny Brice

Omar Sharif ... Nick Arnstein
Kay Medford ... Rose Brice

Anne Francis ... Georgia James

Walter Pidgeon ... Florenz Ziegfeld
Lee Allen ... Eddie Ryan

Mae Questel ... Mrs. Strakosh

Gerald Mohr ... Branca

Frank Faylen ... Keeney
Mittie Lawrence ... Emma
Gertrude Flynn ... Mrs. O'Malley
Penny Santon ... Mrs. Meeker
John Harmon ... Company Manager

Thordis Brandt ... Ziegfeld Girl
Bettina Brenna ... Ziegfeld Girl
Virginia Ann Ford ... Ziegfeld Girl
Alena Johnston ... Ziegfeld Girl
Karen Lee ... Ziegfeld Girl
Mary Jane Mangler ... Ziegfeld Girl
Inga Neilsen ... Ziegfeld Girl
Sharon Vaughn ... Ziegfeld Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lillian Adams ... Pushcart Woman (uncredited)
Peter Adams ... Card Player (uncredited)
Charles Akins ... (uncredited)
Kristin Andersen ... Fanny Cousin (uncredited)
Martin Ashe ... First Nighter (uncredited)
Al Avalon ... Card Player (uncredited)
Chela Bacigalupo ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Baron ... Regan (uncredited)
Bobbie Bates ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Rudy Battaglia ... Joey (uncredited)
Richard S. Baughn ... Branca's Aide (uncredited)
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Western Union Boy (uncredited)
Donald Bradburn ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Card Player (uncredited)
Blanche Bronte ... Woman in Window (uncredited)
Phyllis Brown ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Buddy Bryant ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Fletcher Bryant ... Photographer (uncredited)
Barbara Burgess ... Mirror Girl (uncredited)
Irving Burns ... Dentist (uncredited)
Gene Callahan ... Captain (uncredited)
Kyra Carleton ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Nancee Charles ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Robert Christian ... Messenger (uncredited)

Roy Clark ... Dancer (uncredited)
Sterling Clark ... Dancer (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Maid (uncredited)
Beverly Cole ... Ziegfield Girl (uncredited)
Jerome Collamore ... Milkman (uncredited)
Gene Columbus ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Daniel Cook ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Cis Corman ... Ziegfield Girl (uncredited)
Tom Cound ... Waiter (uncredited)
Chris Cranston ... Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
Leon Daniels ... Card Player (uncredited)
Diane Davis ... Candelabra Girl (uncredited)
Gayle Davis ... Chandelier Girl (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Doorman at Keeney's (uncredited)
Lavina Dawson ... Sadie (uncredited)
Marcel De la Brosse ... Paul - Waiter (uncredited)
Margarita de Saá White ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Pepe J. DeChiazza ... Skater (uncredited)
Jack Del Rio ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John Dennis ... Newsman (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Card Player (uncredited)
Joanna DiGiovanna ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Joseph Dolphin ... Photographer (uncredited)
Pat Doty ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
John Downing ... Boy on Henry Street (uncredited)
Barrie Duffus ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Kevin Edwards ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Edith Emelyne ... Wardrobe Woman (uncredited)
Sheila English ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Lynn Fields ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
John Frayer ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Larry Gelman ... Newsman (uncredited)
Lloyd Gough ... Bill Fallon, Lawyer (uncredited)
Janet Hadland ... Bride (uncredited)
Dann E. Hadzick ... Card Player (uncredited)
Viola Harris ... First Nighter (uncredited)
John Hawke ... Card Player (uncredited)
Howard Henderson ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Hildegard ... Mirror Girl (uncredited)
Barbara Houston ... Ziegfield Girl (uncredited)
Linda Howe ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)

Craig Huxley ... Hecky (uncredited)
Jeri Jamerson ... Skater / Dancer (uncredited)
Rini Jarmon ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Backstage Spectator (uncredited)
Howard Jeffrey ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Elaine Joyce ... Keeney Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Jack Kassabian ... Assistant Photographer (uncredited)
Adam Kaufman ... Little Boy (uncredited)

Paul Keith ... Choreographer (uncredited)
Sherwood Keith ... Doorman (uncredited)
Ingeborg Kjeldsen ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Norma Jean Kron ... Customer (uncredited)
George LaFave ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)

Sherry Lansing ... Girlfriend (uncredited)
Abe Lax ... Tie Peddler (uncredited)
Frances Weintraub Lax ... Pushcart Woman / Woman on Henry Street (uncredited)
Pam Leho ... Chandelier Girl (uncredited)
Robert Locke Lorraine ... Butler (uncredited)
Arlyn E. Loynd ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Freeman Lusk ... Judge (uncredited)
Lester Mack ... (uncredited)
Sonya Mahler ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Halvah Peddler (uncredited)
Katherine Marking ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Kathy Martin ... Bride (uncredited)
Mark Maskin ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Sally Mason ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Mathias ... Young Escort (uncredited)
Diane Mayer ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Pat McCaffrie ... Newsman (uncredited)
Max Mellinger ... First Nighter (uncredited)

Lee Meredith ... Ziegfield Girl (uncredited)
Belle Mitchell ... Woman on Henry Street (uncredited)
Richard Monahan ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Barbara Monte ... Skater (uncredited)

Shelley Morrison ... Second Floor Woman (uncredited)
E.A. Nicholson ... Counterman (uncredited)
Tom Noel ... Ticket Seller (uncredited)
Gerry Okuneff ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charlie Peterson ... Train Porter (uncredited)
Ron Poindexter ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)

Tommy Rall ... Prince in 'Swan Lake' Parody (uncredited)
Paul Randall ... First Nighter (uncredited)
Teresa Ravid ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Tony Regan ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Hanne-Marie Reiner ... Skater (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... First Nighter (uncredited)
Alex Rodine ... Villain Dancer (uncredited)
Clark Ross ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Françoise Ruggieri ... Girlfriend (uncredited)
Jack Bowen Saunders ... Conductor (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Man Dancing at Brice's (uncredited)
Yvonne Schubert ... Mirror Girl (uncredited)
Darryl Seamen ... Steiny (uncredited)
Jet Sharon ... Skater / Dancer (uncredited)

Johnny Silver ... Arnstein's Jockey (uncredited)
Harry Stanton ... Card Player (uncredited)
Geoffrey Steele ... Steward (uncredited)
Nancy Stone ... Chandelier Girl (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Bartender (uncredited)
Bunny Summers ... Mrs. Nadler (uncredited)
Earl Sydnor ... Pullman Porter (uncredited)
Judy Taylor ... Mirror Girl (uncredited)
Arthur Tell ... Conductor (uncredited)
Rita Thiel ... Bride (uncredited)
Bob Thompson ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Victoria Thompson ... Mirror Girl (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... First Nighter (uncredited)
Pat Tribble ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Terri Tucker ... Ziegfield Girl (uncredited)
Kaye Turner ... Ziegfield Girl (uncredited)
Caprice Walker ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
John Warburton ... Card Player (uncredited)
Carol Warner ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Joni Webster ... Candelabra Girl (uncredited)
Sandra Wells ... Mirror Girl (uncredited)
Marjorie White ... (uncredited)
Shari White ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Marc Wilder ... Comedy Dancer (uncredited)
Caroline Williams ... Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
Christine Williams ... Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
Susan Williams ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Sally Winn ... Wardrobe Woman (uncredited)
Dick Winslow ... Violinist at Keeney's (uncredited)
Nancy Woods ... Chandelier Girl (uncredited)
Charles Woolf ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Beverly Yates ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Joe Yore ... Sadie's Husband (uncredited)
Enid Yousen ... Pushcart Shopper (uncredited)

Directed by
William Wyler 
 
Writing credits
Isobel Lennart (book by: based on the play with)

Isobel Lennart (from the original story by: based on the play with) (as Miss Lennart)

Isobel Lennart (screenplay)

Produced by
Ray Stark .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jule Styne 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr. (director of photography) (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
William Sands 
Maury Winetrobe 
 
Production Design by
Gene Callahan 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Luthardt 
Linus Aaberg (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
 
Makeup Department
Enrico Cortese .... makeup artist
Virginia Darcy .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Frank McCoy .... makeup artist
Vivienne Walker .... hair stylist
Jan Van Uchelen .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Paul Helmick .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Gosnell Jr. .... assistant director (as Ray Gosnell)
Jack Roe .... assistant director
Michael Blum .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Will Ferrell .... scenic artist
Richard M. Rubin .... properties
Craig Binkley .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Joe Henrie .... sound effects editor
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
Jack Solomon .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Borland .... key grip (uncredited)
Doug J. Campbell .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Doug J. Campbell .... key grip: second unit, New York (uncredited)
Wally Meinardus .... camera operator (uncredited)
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Nelson Tyler .... helicopter photographer (uncredited)
Roy H. Wagner .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene Sharaff .... costume designer: Barbra Streisand
 
Editorial Department
David Bernstein .... colorist (digitally restored version)
Jeff Smithwick .... color timer: Technicolor (2000 restoration)
Robert Swink .... supervising film editor
Ralph James Hall .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Bob Merrill .... lyrics by
Herbert Ross .... director: musical numbers
Walter Scharf .... conductor
Walter Scharf .... music supervisor
Walter Scharf .... orchestrator
Ted Sebern .... music editor
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (as Herbert Spencer)
Jule Styne .... music by: based on the play with
Betty Walberg .... vocal-dance arrangements
Bill Campbell .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Jack Lesberg .... musician: bass (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Brodsky .... public relations
David Dworski .... assistant to producer
Lorry McCauley .... assistant to producer
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
J. David Jones .... pilot: picture helicopter (uncredited)
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Lee Solters .... publicist (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
151 min | USA:155 min (roadshow version)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) | Dolby SR (35mm restored version) | Dolby Digital (35mm restored version) | SDDS (35mm restored version) | DTS (35mm restored version)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif had an affair that lasted for the duration of the production. This would contribute to the end of her marriage to Elliott Gould. William Wyler, who knew about the affair, tried to channel their real-life chemistry into their performances.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When walking out after Frances is born, chairs in the background are close, then spread out, then close again.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Fanny Brice:[looking in the mirror] Hello, gorgeous.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
You Are Woman, I Am ManSee more »

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
The Greatest Star?..., 3 September 2001

...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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