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A Star Is Born (1976)

A has-been rock star falls in love with a young, up-and-coming songstress.



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


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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Release Date:

17 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rainbow Road  »


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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kris Kristofferson's then wife Rita Coolidge appears as herself. See more »


After John Norman crashes his motorcycle, and Esther runs to him, there are dirty hand prints on the back of her blouse before John Norman pulls her down in the dirt and puts his hands on her back. See more »


Esther Hoffman: You can trash your life but you're not going to trash mine.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Gilmore Girls: So... Good Talk (2005) See more »


Music & Lyrics by Donna Weiss
Performed by Kris Kristofferson
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Loved Kris
26 March 2006 | by 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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