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Star! (1968)

A musical biography of Gertrude Lawrence, who led a hustling and bustling life on the stage.

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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sir Anthony Spencer
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Charles Fraser
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Arthur Lawrence
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Rose
John Collin ...
Jack Roper
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Andre Charlot
Richard Karlan ...
David Holtzmann
Lynley Laurence ...
Billie Carleton
Garrett Lewis ...
Jack Buchanan
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Ben Mitchell
Jock Livingston ...
Alexander Woollcott
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Dan
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Storyline

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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Happiness is a girl called Julie! See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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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 USA:

$4,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,000,000, 31 January 1970
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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Adding to the enormous cost of this production was the decision to shoot in the very expensive Todd-AO process for 70mm release. 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

The Saga of Jenny
from the play "Lady in the Dark"
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Julie Andrews, accompanied by an uncredited pianist
then done as the show finale
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London, Broadway, the South of France, Julie Andrews
30 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Yes, the story is somewhat thin. But Julie's performance, the music, the backstage scenes, the glamorous locales, the automobiles, the stage -- fill in where plot is lacking. This is, after all, a docu-musical that is, from what I know, a more literal rendering of Gertrude Lawrence's razzle-dazzle lifestyle, than a falsification of what actually happened. Robert Wise has said, to paraphrase him, that this is the one film he wished he could have done something else with. I personally would have included more scenes of Gertie being interviewed as she watched her life on the black & white tinny newsreels, and thus it may have bracketed her full color TODD-AO widescreen recollections. It might have drawn us more into her point-of-view. Still, the stage numbers, locales, party scenes (drunken one or two may have been) are fun to watch and experience. Script aside, the film is very well crafted, indeed.


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