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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 overview, first billed only:
Richard Aldrich
Michael Craig ...
Sir Anthony Spencer
Daniel Massey ...
Charles Fraser
Bruce Forsyth ...
Arthur Lawrence
John Collin ...
Jack Roper
Andre Charlot
Richard Karlan ...
David Holtzmann
Lynley Laurence ...
Billie Carleton
Garrett Lewis ...
Anthony Eisley ...
Ben Mitchell
Jock Livingston ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

22 October 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Loves of a Star!  »

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Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)


$4,000,000 (USA)

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| (edited)

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| (Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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This film grew out of a massive attempt by Twentieth Century-Fox to duplicate its earlier success with The Sound of Music (1965) by producing three expensive, large-scale musicals over a period of three years, Doctor Dolittle (1967) and Hello, Dolly! (1969) being the others. Unfortunately, tastes in popular entertainment were beginning to change and all three films' box-office performance reflected this. All were released amidst massive pre-release publicity and all lost equally massive amounts of money for the studio. The result was that several top studio executives lost their jobs, and the studio itself went into such dire financial straits that it only produced one picture for the entire calendar year of 1970. In truth, it would never recoup its losses until a highly successful theatrical reissue of "The Sound of Music" in early 1973. See more »


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


Noel Coward: Unfortunately, my darling, you can't take a whole audience home to bed without being accused of immorality on rather a grand scale.
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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 »


Referenced in Sam's Song (1969) See more »


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Written by Buddy G. DeSylva, Al Jolson and Gus Kahn
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Julie Andrews is the Star! of this movie
3 May 2001 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

Star! is publicized as the flop that ended Julie Andrews' career. None of the blame should be laid at Julie's feet however. Her performance, especially in the musical numbers, is unparalleled. Julie WAS the greatest musical star of her day: if you don't believe me, imagine Barbra (whom I adore also) being tossed around by chorus boys in the "Jenny" finale. Also, kudos must go to Daniel Massey as Noel Coward: he could have really "camped" up the role but, thankfully, he played it with restraint. The problem with the movie is that it is constructed with the great musical numbers connected by a very flawed & minimal plot. Furthermore, the musical numbers don't advance the plot at all (only in a few spots do they even parallel Gertrude Lawrence's life-situations of the moment). So, what we're left with is a revue...a pastiche of musical numbers..a Ziegfield Follies of 1968!! So, the character of Gertrude Lawrence isn't fleshed out enough for audience sympathy to develop. Finally, the choice of imitating b&w newsreel footage just doesn't work and further distances the audience from the movie. Check it out though---the musical numbers are super-spectacular and Julie Andrews gives a Star!-performance

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