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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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Release Date:
19 September 1968 (USA) See more »
People who see FUNNY GIRL are the luckiest people in the world!
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 »
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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)

William Hoehne Jr. ... Blond Haired dancer (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
Bridgid O'Donnell .... restoration supervisor
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
Rutanya Alda .... stand-in (stand in: Anne Francis) (uncredited)
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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151 min | USA:155 min (roadshow version)
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)

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Cary Grant, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Sean Connery, David Janssen, Robert Culp and James Garner were also considered for the role of Nick Arnstein.See more »
Continuity: Right before Fanny and Nick meet for the first time we see Fanny take her skates off while talking to the other girls in the dressing room. Then when she is in the hallway she able to skate to the door before Nick leaves.See more »
[first lines]
Fanny Brice:[looking in the mirror] Hello, gorgeous.
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I'm The Greatest StarSee more »


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40 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
A Funny Girl Happened on the Way to the Follies., 21 February 2001
Author: gary brumburgh ( from Los Angeles, California

There are not enough superlatives in the world to bestow on Barbra Streisand for her rags-to-riches portrayal of 20s Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice. To say she gives the single most triumphant musical performance ever showcased on the silver screen could be close. I am constantly bowled over with each viewing at how the 26-year-old Brooklyn novice ever pulled off this incredible stunt. Cinderella playing Cinderella. Even the finicky Hollywood powers-that-be, who NEVER use untried screen talent for such a weighty role (Julie Andrews and "My Fair Lady" come to mind), knew that nobody but Barbra could inhabit this part. She won the Oscar, naturally, and it was befitting that the newcomer should share this honor with perhaps the greatest screen legend ever, Katharine Hepburn.

Barbra's Fanny Brice first conquered Broadway where she lost the Tony award to another irrepressible talent, Carol Channing, for "Hello Dolly!" She got her revenge of sorts years later when she won the coveted screen role of Dolly due strictly to her auspicious debut in "Funny Girl." Transferred to celluloid, the movie loosens its bustles quite a bit and grants more breathing room for Barbra to expand her natural comic and dramatic talents both keenly and intimately amid the elaborate sets and costumes.

The timing of this film couldn't have been better for Streisand. The late 60s ushered in a new legion of stars. The rash of talent coming to the forefront purposely lacked the super-model good looks and incredibly-sculpted physiques of their predecessors. Audiences now clamored for realism...human imperfection. What less attractive guys like Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino did for the men, Barbra did for the distaff side. She dragged out her own Cinderella version, making a virtue of her odd looks and gawky gait while laying out her two big trump cards -- she was a supreme song stylist and a gifted, self-deprecating cut-up.

Hardly ever off screen, Streisand totally immerses herself in the role of chorus clown-turned-Ziegfeld headliner, weaving a spell around each and every song she touches. From the stubbornly optimistic "I'm the Greatest Star" to the profoundly touching "My Man", the actress matures Brice into the glowing swan of her own dreams, while exposing a deep, personal vulnerability she never recaptured (or allowed) again on screen -- to her detriment.

Despite heavy critical lambasting, I still say exotically handsome Omar Sharif was indeed the consummate choice to play wanderlust husband and card shark Nicky Arnstein. Polished, prideful and totally in his element as the global-gambling playboy, one can believe the ungainly Fanny (or Streisand, for that matter) placing this glossy god on a pedestal. It may not appear to be much of a stretch (in real life, Sharif was a world-class bridge player), but he owns the part as much as delightful Kay Medford does as Brice's droll Jewish mama. Everyone else, however, is pretty expendable. It's been said that Anne Francis blamed Streisand for her supposedly top featured role being butchered. If it's true, she has an open-and-shut case. Francis was left with a nothing part.

Highly fictionalized and weak as biography, Streisand champions above the sometimes grandiose material from the moment she utters her first classic words: "Hello, gorgeous!" And so she is.

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