A Star Is Born (1976)

R  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  17 December 1976 (USA)
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A has-been rock star falls in love with a young, up-and-coming songstress.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobbie Ritchie
Oliver Clark ...
Gary Danziger
Venetta Fields ...
One of the Oreos
Clydie King ...
One of the Oreos
Marta Heflin ...
M.G. Kelly ...
Bebe Jesus
Uncle Rudy ...
Stephen Bruton ...
Sammy Lee Creason ...
Speedway (as Sam Creason)
Cleve Dupin ...


Talented rock star John Norman Howard has seen his career begin to decline. Too many years of concerts and managers and life on the road have made him cynical and the monotony has taken its toll. Then he meets the innocent, pure and very talented singer Esther Hoffman. As one of his songs in the movie says "I'm gonna take you girl, I'm gonna show you how." And he does. He shows Esther the way to stardom while forsaking his own career. As they fall in love, her success only makes his decline even more apparent. Written by A. Lloyd Adams [aadams@airmail.net]

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remake | love | star | rock star | manager | See All (63) »


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Release Date:

17 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rainbow Road  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 1,342,609 (Sweden)

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Did You Know?


When the helicopter is flying above Sun Devil Stadium, you can hear a brief snippet of the song "Rock Candy" performed by the band Montrose, which at the time featured future Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar. See more »


In the swimming pool scene after the motorcycle accident at the stadium concert, John N Howard has Ace bandages on his foot and right hand. Yet, he is shown using the right hand to use a pair of crutches (would be too painful with a wrist sprain). He is also shown swimming, which is also painful to sprained joints. He is not shown wincing at all while swimming. He also puts weight on his right hand as he is getting out of the pool, pushing up on his fingertips on a straightened wrist. This would not be possible without severe pain, if the wrist is in fact damaged enough to require an Ace bandage. See more »

Crazy Credits

Ms. Streisand's clothes from ... Her Closet. See more »


Music & Lyrics by Leon Russell & Barbra Streisand
Performed by Barbra Streisand
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Loved Kris
26 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am and was very entertained by the movie. It was my all time favorite movie of 1976. Being raised in the 70's , I was so in love with Kris Kristoffersons look and demeanor,of course I am no movie critic,but for the time era,I think it was very good. I very much like the combo of Streisand and Kristofferson. I thought they worked very well together. I have seen the movie many times and still love the two of them as Esther and John Norman. I am a very huge fan of Kris and see him in concert when I can. What a talented singer song writer,not to mention,actor. I have seen him in many movies,but still think back to A star is Born.

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