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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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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)
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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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Trivia:
Producer Ray Stark was forced to sue Barbra Streisand to make this movie after she refused; Streisand had only one film left on her contract with him. Reportedly, upon completion of filming, she presented him with a mirror on which she'd written in lipstick, "Paid in full".See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the "How Lucky Can You Get?" musical number, when Fanny is turning on the stage lights she is clearly not singing, although Streisand's singing voice is heard on the soundtrack.See more »
Quotes:
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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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Disjointed bio sequel with a great Streisand performance, 11 March 2003

This sequel to FUNNY GIRL gives us an older, shrewder, tougher Fanny Brice than in the first film and Streisand pulls out the stops to give another terrific performance - one that should have netted her an Oscar nom but didn't - it's way better than her work in FUNNY GIRL and that did deserve its Oscar.

The film's look at Brice's stormy second marriage to Billy Rose has two very big negatives working against it. First, Caan does a terrific job as Rose but the character is a dumb and abusive mug - he's common and Brice is really slumming here. So we can't really care that she makes a go of it. Second, the film is very disjointed. Great numbers we hear complete on the soundtrack album are truncated to a few seconds - others are complete as performed but the performance and staging are lacklustre.

Don't get me wrong - it's very entertaining -much more so than FUNNY GIRL. Streisand is funnier and has more character to work with. There's a plethora of songs, which keep things moving and colorful. However, it doesn't add up to much. An okay ride but with no real significance except

for Streisand's beautifully shaded performance.

I counted 23 musical numbers or snatches of same matching 12 numbers on the soundtrack album. Main Title (Isn't It Better?); Blind Date; More Than You Know; More Than You Know-reprise; Paper Moon/I Like Him; Girl Of Mine; Million Dollar Baby; Goodtime Charlie; You Must Have The Rain; So Long, Honey Lamb (truncated); Am I Blue? (truncated); I Got A Cold in My Nose; Goodtime Charlie- reprise; A Great Day; People (background music); More Than You Know - reprise; How Lucky Can You Get?; Isn't It Better?; Me And My Shadow - orchestral; If I Love Again; People (background music); Let's Hear It For Me; Me And My Shadow; Let's Hear It For Me- reprise; End Title - How Lucky Can You Get?

This is overall an okay way to spend two and a quarter hours but only Streisand fans will really reap the benefits of watching their idol deliver another stunning portrayal.

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