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Star! (1968)

G  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  22 October 1968 (USA)
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Film based on life of actress Gertrude Lawrence, on- and offstage, takes the opportunity to feature extravagant musical production numbers with 'Julie Andrews' , acting, singing and dancing.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Richard Aldrich
Michael Craig ...
Sir Anthony Spencer
Daniel Massey ...
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Charles Fraser
Bruce Forsyth ...
Arthur Lawrence
Beryl Reid ...
Rose
John Collin ...
Jack Roper
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Andre Charlot
Richard Karlan ...
David Holtzmann
Lynley Laurence ...
Billie Carleton
Garrett Lewis ...
Anthony Eisley ...
Ben Mitchell
Jock Livingston ...
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Film based on life of actress Gertrude Lawrence, on- and offstage, takes the opportunity to feature extravagant musical production numbers with 'Julie Andrews' , acting, singing and dancing. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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Taglines:

When everyone was singing a happy song...When a girl wasn't afraid to show her heart...When all the world was this lady's stage...Those Were the Happy Times! [1969 re-issue] See more »


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Release Date:

22 October 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Loves of a Star!  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,000,000 (USA)
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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Julie Andrews' wardrobe (designed by Donald Brooks) set a record for the largest number of costume changes for an actress in one film - 125 costume changes. See more »

Goofs

In the number "Burlington Bertie" the banana skin thrown onstage by Gertie disappears. See more »

Quotes

Noel Coward: Close personal relationships are bloody difficult, my darling but they do get easier with time. Loneliness gets harder.
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Crazy Credits

The only credits seen at the beginning of the film are those for a fictional black-and-white short subject about Gertrude Lawrence. The film's real credits all appear at the end. However, the Twentieth-Century Fox logo is shown only in black-and-white, and with tinny 1940's-style sound recording, as part of that fictional newsreel. We never see the logo in color and stereophonic sound, although Twentieth-Century Fox released "Star!" See more »

Connections

References Rembrandt (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Down at the Old Bull and Bush
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Andrew Sterling
Music by Harry von Tilzer
[Heard during the newsreel montage of Gertude Lawrence's early life.]
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Big, Splashy and Wonderful!
9 October 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Too bad this film was overlooked by so many, when it was originally released in 1968. Hollywood was fawning all over Katharine Hepburn's Bryn Mawr Eleanor of Aquitaine and Barbra Streisand's dreary and unfunny Fanny Brice. Best performance by fingernails! The best performance of the year was Julie Andrews' Gertrude Lawrence. If Gertrude Lawrence's life story, as depicted in "Star!" leaves something to be desired, the film still has enough wonderful moments to please anyone. I'm one of those people who believes that Julie Andrews reading the phone book, would be a evening's entertainment. That she is singing, dancing, acting and looking radiant, for almost three hours, is a bonus. "Star!", has always been THE Julie Andrews movie. She is almost never off the screen, and she uses her glorious voice in number after number. What numbers, too! Written by some of the greatest songwriters, "Star!" is a perfect showcase for the most beautiful voice that ever was. See a widescreen home-video version, which does partial justice to Michael Kidd's wonderful musical sequences, in this Todd-AO production, made for the big screens of yesterday. Try and catch the widescreen video tape or laser disc editions. (Unfortunately, the current DVD is the wrong color!!!). "Star!" is an underrated, beautifully crafted film, starring the screen's greatest musical talent. See it!


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