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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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Bobbie Ritchie
Oliver Clark ...
Gary Danziger
Venetta Fields ...
One of the Oreos
Clydie King ...
One of the Oreos
Marta Heflin ...
Quentin
M.G. Kelly ...
Bebe Jesus
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Freddie
Uncle Rudy ...
Mo
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Brian
Stephen Bruton ...
Speedway
Sammy Lee Creason ...
Speedway (as Sam Creason)
Cleve Dupin ...
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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Drama | Music | Romance

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17 December 1976 (USA)  »

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Rainbow Road  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kris Kristofferson said: "Filming with Streisand is an experience which may have cured me of the movies." See more »

Goofs

At the outdoor concert. When John Howard first sings there are no socks on the microphones. Then there are. Then when he goes over to Esther again there is no sock on the microphone. 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

WITH ONE MORE LOOK AT YOU
Music & Lyrics by Paul Williams & Kenny Ascher
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Yes. A star was born in the American film 'A star is born' directed by Frank Pierson.
26 May 2015 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

It has been observed on many occasions that ordinary people and amateur viewers have the habit of comparing films. This might not be the ideal method to explore some good qualities of a film. Each film is unique as it presents a story using best possible actors as well as technicians. It is by using this yardstick that one can take the decision of not comparing the two previous versions of 'A Star Is Born' with this 1978 film which has some of its own moments of sublime grandeur. Actor, Singer Kris Kristofferson plays an important role as an eccentric rock star whose excesses also seem to cause him extreme discomfort. His romantic chemistry with Barbara Streisand is a great joy to watch. One can easily sense the disappearance of selfish attitude in their performances. Both actors perform nicely as they enable different artists to appreciate each other. It is interesting to watch how an artist is able to appreciate other people's feelings. Barbara Streisand is absolutely amazing as a shy musician who is unable to understand the world of her rock star husband.


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