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Funny Lady -- FUNNY LADY resumes several years after FUNNY GIRL and chronicles Fanny Brice's (Barbra Streisand) relationship, both personal and professional, with her second husband, showman Billy Rose (James Caan). However, Brice's first husband, Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif) reappears from out of the past and throws her personal and professional life into turmoil.


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15 March 1975 (USA) See more »
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Story of singer Fanny Brice's stormy relationship with showman Billy Rose. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 6 nominations See more »
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Barbra Streisand ... Fanny Brice

James Caan ... Billy Rose

Omar Sharif ... Nicky Arnstein

Roddy McDowall ... Bobby Moore

Ben Vereen ... Bert Robbins

Carole Wells ... Norma Butler
Larry Gates ... Bernard Baruch
Eugene Troobnick ... Ned (as Gene Troobnick)
Heidi O'Rourke ... Eleanor Holm
Royce Wallace ... Adèle
Lilyan Chauvin ... Mademoiselle

Samantha C. Kirkeby ... Fran (as Samantha Huffaker)
Matt Emery ... Buck Bolton
Joshua Shelley ... Painter
Cliff Norton ... Set Manager

Corey Fischer ... Conductor
Garrett Lewis ... Production Singer
Byron Webster ... Crazy Quilt Stage Director
Ken Sansom ... Frederick Martin

Colleen Camp ... Billy's Girl

Alana Stewart ... Woman with Nick (as Alana Collins)
Jackie Stoloff ... Mrs. Arnstein
Bert May ... Assistant Set Manager
Bea Busch ... Ned's Secretary
Maggie Malooly
Don Torres ... Man at Wedding
Jodean Lawrence ... Woman at Wedding (as Jodean Russo)
Larry Arnold ... Billy's Night Club Maître d'
Shirley Kirkes ... Billy's Night Club Singer
Jerry Trent ... Tap Dancer
Toni Kaye ... Tap Dancer
Gary Menteer ... Tap Dancer
Raymond Guth ... Buffalo Handler
Deborah Sherman ... Billy's Secretary
Dick Winslow ... Fritz
Dick DeBenedictis ... Pianist (as Dick De Benedictis)
Louis Da Pron ... Choreographer
Hank Stohl ... Radio Director
Diane Wyatt ... Baruch's Secretary
Tom Northam
Todd Durwood ... Photographer
Paul Bryar ... Ben, Cleaning man
Brett Hadley ... Aquacade Assistant
Jack Frey ... Aquacade Assistant
Jadeen Vaughn ... Aquacade Assistant
Ben Freedman ... Newspaper Vendor
Maralyn Thuma ... Radio Singer
Phil Gray ... Radio Singer
Frank L. Pine ... Pilot
Bill Baldwin ... Speaker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cinny Anderson ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Jack Angel ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Carol Bakly ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Sylvia Burn ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Elena Butler ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Sue Cassillagio ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Carol Clark ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Kimberly Evart ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Denise Gallagher ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Ken Grant ... Dancer (uncredited)
Sunny Horstmeyer ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Nancy Hunt ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Chris Jeffers ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Jane Johnson ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Sherri Kane ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Sheila Kelly ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Diane Lang ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Joan Lang ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Kathy McBride ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Margo McGrath ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Robin Menzie ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)

Mindi Miller ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Karen Morris ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Barbara O'Leary ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Ann Pennington ... (uncredited)
Joelle Soanes ... Synchronized Swimmer (uncredited)
Donald Wayne ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Herbert Ross 
Writing credits
Arnold Schulman (story)

Jay Presson Allen (screenplay) and
Arnold Schulman (screenplay)

Produced by
Ray Stark .... producer
Original Music by
Fred Ebb 
John Kander 
Peter Matz 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe 
Film Editing by
Marion Rothman 
Maury Winetrobe 
Casting by
Jennifer Shull 
Production Design by
George Jenkins 
Set Decoration by
Audrey A. Blasdel  (as Audrey Blasdel)
John Franco Jr. 
Costume Design by
Ray Aghayan 
Bob Mackie 
Makeup Department
Don L. Cash .... makeup artist (as Don Cash)
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Ray Pownall .... hair stylist
Jean Austin .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Virginia Darcy .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Jim Gillespie .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Howard Pine .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dodie Fawley .... second assistant director
Stuart Fleming .... second assistant director (as Stu Fleming)
Jack Roe .... assistant director
Art Department
David M. Haber .... assistant art director (as David Haber)
Richard M. Rubin .... property master
Sound Department
Richard Oswald .... sound effects
Richard Portman .... sound re-recordist
Jack Solomon .... sound
Don MacDougall .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Curly Thirlwell .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Jerry Trent .... dance foley (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects
Charles E. Dolan .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special photographic effects
Jerry Brutsche .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Johnson .... camera operator
Robert Moore .... key grip (as Bob Moore)
Bill Shaw .... gaffer
James O. Blair .... electrician (uncredited)
Nick McLean .... first assistant cameraman (uncredited)
Mel Traxel .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Seth Banks .... costumer: men
Shirlee Strahm .... costumer: Mrs. Streisand
Edna Taylor .... costumer: women
Editorial Department
Michael E. Polakow .... assistant editor (as Michael Polakow)
David Ramirez .... assistant editor
Margaret Booth .... supervising editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Ray Charles .... chorus supervisor
Marvin Hamlisch .... additional music adaptor
Peter Matz .... music arranger
Peter Matz .... musical director
William Saracino .... music editor
Betty Walberg .... music arranger
Other crew
Frank Bueno .... assistant to producer
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Regina Gross .... publicist
Howard Jeffrey .... associate choreographer
Marion Kane .... oak park marionettes supervisor
Nora Kaye .... assistant: Mr. Ross
Howard Pine .... production administrator
Herbert Ross .... stage director
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Lester Wilson .... assistant choreographer
Crew verified as complete

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136 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?

After the scene of Brice doing her radio show, there is a shot supposedly of the NBC building in Los Angeles. The building shown is actually the redressed Pan Pacific Auditorium which, while of the correct period, looks nothing like the actually NBC building. The Pan Pacific Auditorium was used in Xanadu (1980) as the nightclub opened at the end of the picture.See more »
Factual errors: In the rainy scene where they are leaving the theatre, there are signs posted about "Crazy Quilt" in its 5th month. The show only had 79 performances from mid-May to July, 1931.See more »
Fanny Brice:[at her first meeting Billy Rose] If we hate the same people and you get your suit cleaned, it's a match.See more »
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Beautiful Face, Have a HeartSee more »


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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining sequel, 20 April 2006
Author: robb_772 from United States

The 1968 film version of FUNNY GIRL was an absolute masterpiece, and as perfect as a musical-comedy film can be. A sequel to this classic was not something that was ever needed to be made, but since the original was so successful (FUNNY GIRL was the highest-grossing film of 1968) and well-loved, it was pretty obvious why producer Ray Stark wanted to make this follow-up so badly. It took awhile, but he eventually convinced Streisand to sign on and reprise her role as Fanny Brice, with Herbert Ross (who had staged the musical numbers in the original film and had directed Streisand in the box office hit THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT) set to direct. Although the film was generally well-received by most critics and proved to be another big box office hit, many fans of the sweet-natured original did not care for the slightly more harsh and cynical tone of this follow-up, and it has since fallen out of favor with many Streisand fans.

While no film could ever recapture the easy charm and beautiful sentiment of FUNNY GIRL, FUNNY LADY is highly entertaining when viewed on it's own terms. Streisand plays the now-hard-bitten Fanny with a depth and maturity that is very different from her characterization in the first film, but almost equally as stunning. Many viewers often complain that James Caan was badly miscast as Billy Rose. While Caan is physically wrong for the role of the short, unattractive Rose, he still comes across as oddly likable, and he has a nice comic chemistry with Streisand. Roddy McDowell is fun as Fanny's assistant, and veteran hoofer Ben Vereen brings down the house with a incredible, almost gravity-defying dance routine. Omar Shariff also returns for two very effective scenes as Nick Arnstein, the man Fanny will always love, but can't seem to live with.

Though Streisand is in terrific singing voice, the song score is a bit more hit-and-miss. The period standards that Streisand vividly performs (particularly the bittersweet "More Than You Know," the gospel-infused "Great Day," and the heart-wrenching "If I Love Again") are absolutely fantastic, however, the heavily-promoted original songs from Cabaret composers Kander and Ebb are a major disappointment. The intended show-stopper "How Lucky Can You Get" is fine number that is made memorable by Streisand's scorching performance, however, the remainder of the original songs ("Blind Date," "Let's Here It For Me") are pretty forgettable despite Streisand's impassioned vocals. Fortunately, these few mediocre numbers (and the rather predictable narrative) are flaws that are very easy to forgive. No, FUNNY LADY doesn't hold a candle to FUNNY GIRL, but the film remains a fun and enjoyable ride that should entertain those who loved the original.

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