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Director:
Writers:
Arnold Schulman (story)
Jay Presson Allen (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
15 March 1975 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
How Lucky Can You Get
Plot:
Story of singer Fanny Brice's stormy relationship with showman Billy Rose. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 6 nominations See more »
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As Sequels Go, I've Seen Worse... See more (32 total) »

Cast

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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:
Ty Randolph ... Chorus Girl (as Mindi Miller)
Jack Angel ... Radio announcer (uncredited)
Kenneth Grant Sr. ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ann Pennington ... (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
Jim Gillespie .... key 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
 
Stunts
Jerry Brutsche .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Johnson .... camera operator
Robert Moore .... key grip (as Bob Moore)
Bill Shaw .... gaffer
Nick McLean .... first assistant cameraman (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
 
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
 
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136 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Ben Vereen's character is a composite of both Bert Williams and Bill Robinson.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Near the end of the movie, in a meeting between Brice and Rose, he mentions taking over the Ziegfeld Theatre. Rose took over the Ziegfeld Theatre after NBC dropped their lease long after Brice was dead. The discussion could not have taken place as portrayed in the film.See more »
Quotes:
Billy Rose:[referring to having borrowed money from the mob to finance his show] They're gonna build me into the West Side Highway.
Fanny Brice:That's the only good news I've heard tonight.
Billy Rose:I'm not kidding.
Fanny Brice:Neither am I.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Adam & Steve (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
It's Only a Paper Moon/I Like HimSee more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
As Sequels Go, I've Seen Worse..., 23 December 2005
Author: ijonesiii from United States

Barbra Streisand reprised her Oscar-winning role of Fanny Brice in 1975's FUNNY LADY, a big splashy musical that centers around Fanny at the height of her stardom and her stormy relationship with second husband, Billy Rose (James Caan). Much has been written about how unnecessary this sequel was and how it wasn't very factual regarding Fanny and Billy's marriage. First of all, Hollywood has always had sequel-itis. Any movie that makes a decent profit at the box office is going to have a sequel sooner or later. Second, as far as accuracy is concerned, does anyone really think FUNNY GIRL stuck to the facts? FUNNY GIRL was about as close to a factual biography of Fanny Brice as a Harlequin romance novel, but people loved it and Barbra won an Oscar. For what it is, FUNNY LADY is a very entertaining movie with a charismatic starring performance by Streisand as an older, wiser, and more savvy Fanny who is definitely in charge of her own life now...that is, until Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif, in a gratuitous cameo)briefly re-enters her life. The film really focuses on Fanny's relationship with Rose, antagonistic at first but it does grow into a relationship based on mutual respect and affection, but not love or passion, which Fanny had with Nick. I love the scene where Billy proposes to Fanny because it's more like a business merger than a marriage proposal. These people are clearly not in love with each other but they are both lonely and need each other so they agree to a marriage they don't really want. The musical numbers, for the most part, are well-staged if not terribly original. There's a definite "been there done that" feel to some of the numbers. Fanny on stage in an empty theater belting out "How Lucky Can You Get?" reminded me of Fanny on stage in an empty theater belting out "I'm the Greatest Star." And many comparisons have been made to "Let's Hear it from Me" to "Don't Rain on my Parade", except that Fanny takes off in a plane instead of chasing a tugboat. Barbara shines in the "Big Day" production number and her take on two lovely ballads "Isn't this Better?" and "If I Love Again" is memorable. The score effectively combines songs from Fanny's era as well as new songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb (CABARET). Cann is charming as Billy Rose and Sharif has aged surprisingly well. Kudos also to Ben Vereen for his one-show-stopping number, "Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie". Not historically accurate or terribly original, but FUNNY LADY is an entertaining musical with Barbra in top form and her fans will not be disappointed.

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