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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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Bobby Ritchie
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Gary Danziger
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One of the Oreos
Clydie King ...
One of the Oreos
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Quentin
M.G. Kelly ...
Bebe Jesus
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Freddie
Uncle Rudy ...
Mo
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Brian
Stephen Bruton ...
The Speedway
Sammy Lee Creason ...
The Speedway (as Sam Creason)
Cleve Dupin ...
The Speedway
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Storyline

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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17 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rainbow Road  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$80,000,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Barbra Streisand insisted that she wanted Elvis Presley for the part of John Norman Howard. She even went to Las Vegas to see Elvis after one of his performances in 1975, and talked to him directly to convince him to play the part. Elvis wanted to do it, but Colonel Tom Parker, his manager, was angry that Streisand did not come to him first. He told the producers that if they wanted Elvis, Elvis' name had to be at the top of the movie poster, above Streisand's name. Moreover, it was told that he asked them a very large sum of money, while Elvis hadn't been in a movie since 1969, and nobody knew what he could do at the box-office. Because of all that, Elvis Presley didn't make the movie, although he had been Streisand's first choice since the beginning of the project. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Esther Hoffman: I think I'll do my tour in trash flash.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Visions (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

LOST INSIDE OF YOU
Music & Lyrics by Leon Russell & Barbra Streisand
Performed by Barbra Streisand
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A magnificent vision of the 70's!
16 February 2009 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Personnaly I really loved this movie, and it particularly moved me. The two main actors are giving us such great performances, that at the end, it is really heart breaking to know what finally happened to their characters.

The alchemy between Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson is marvelous, and the song are just great the way they are.

That's why I didn't feel surprised when I learned it had won 5 golden globe awards (the most rewarded movie at the Golden Globes), an Oscar and even a Grammy. This movie is a classic that deserves to be seen by anyone. A great movie, that has often been criticized (maybe because Streisand dared to get involved in it, surely as a "co-director"). Her artistry is the biggest, and that will surely please you!


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