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Star! (1968)

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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, Producer
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, Producer
Richard Karlan ...
David Holtzmann, Gertrude's Attorney
Lynley Laurence ...
Billie Carleton
Garrett Lewis ...
Jack Buchanan
Anthony Eisley ...
Ben Mitchell
Jock Livingston ...
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Dan
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

The final camera slate number was 1417 close to the then all time record for a musical. Julie appeared in 1,306 of them which was then a record. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Noel Coward: You can't decide what you want until you decide who you are.
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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 Twenieth-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

Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

'N' Everything
Written by Buddy G. DeSylva, Al Jolson and Gus Kahn
Performed by Garrett Lewis
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The End of an Era
1 February 1999 | by (Philadelphia, PA USA) – See all my reviews

*THUD* Like that the romance between box office and Julie Andrews was over.

Why?

There are a variety of answers. Tastes had changed. Big-budget musicals were on their way out (and continued to fall out of favor as the decade proceeded--see "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," "Camelot," and "Paint Your Wagon" for further evidence). And the public had mysteriously cooled on Julie Andrews as well, although the reason behind that eludes those of us who still carry the torch for her.

Caught in the downward spiral, unfortunately, was "STAR!" the musical that was supposed to recapture the magic of "The Sound of Music" by allowing Andrews, Wise, and Chaplin the opportunity of working again. According to critics and box-office receipts, this reunion failed miserably.

But there has been a revisionist feel to "STAR!" over the past few years, as evidenced by the VHS and laser releases, and that's a good thing. This treasure certainly didn't deserved to remain buried forever.

Andrews gives a tour de force performance, tackling a barrel full of unforgettable songs from some of the world's greatest composers/lyricists. She's also given amply opportunity to show off her acting chops, as her Gertie is alternately dazzled and dazzling, enraged, funny, drunk, enamoured, witty, urbane, base, coy, and even sad, lonely, and depressed.

Last, Julie/Gertie is dolled up in some of the most exquisite costumes to ever grace a screen--the Donald Brooks outfits and Cartier jewels will knock your eye out.

That Andrews voice... that Andrews face... that Andrews talent... that Andrews dancing... All up on the screen with nobody to appreciate it in 1968. Luckily, it's now all within grasp.


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