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Director:
Writers:
William A. Wellman (1937 story) and
Robert Carson (1937 story) ...
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Release Date:
17 December 1976 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A has-been rock star falls in love with a young, up-and-coming songstress. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Don't watch too closely now... See more (47 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbra Streisand ... Esther Hoffman

Kris Kristofferson ... John Norman Howard

Gary Busey ... 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

Sally Kirkland ... Photographer

Joanne Linville ... Freddie
Uncle Rudy ... Mo

Paul Mazursky ... Brian
Stephen Bruton ... Speedway
Sammy Lee Creason ... Speedway (as Sam Creason)
Cleve Dupin ... Speedway
Donnie Fritts ... Speedway
Dean Hagen ... Speedway

Booker T. Jones ... Speedway
Jerry McGee ... Speedway
Art Munson ... Speedway
Charles Owens ... Speedway
Terry Paul ... Speedway
Jack Redmond ... Speedway
Bobby Shew ... Speedway
Mike Utley ... Speedway (as Michael Utley)
Montrose ... Themselves
Bill Graham ... Himself
Rita Coolidge ... Herself

Tony Orlando ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Aesop Aquarian ... Recording Engineer - 'Meow-Chow' Catfood Commercial (uncredited)
Brent Carpenter ... Extra (uncredited)

Robert Englund ... Marty (uncredited)

Sandy Helberg ... Kevin (uncredited)
Roslyn Kind ... Table Guest at Grammy Awards (uncredited)

Maidie Norman ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Neil Norman ... Record Producer (uncredited)

Susan Richardson ... Groupie in Limousine (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Pierson 
 
Writing credits
William A. Wellman (1937 story) and
Robert Carson (1937 story)

John Gregory Dunne  &
Joan Didion  and
Frank Pierson 

Jonathan Axelrod  uncredited
Jay Presson Allen  uncredited
Alvin Sargent  uncredited

Produced by
Jon Peters .... producer
Barbra Streisand .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Roger Kellaway 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Zinner 
 
Production Design by
Polly Platt 
 
Art Direction by
William Hiney 
 
Set Decoration by
Ruby R. Levitt  (as Ruby Levitt)
 
Costume Design by
Seth Banks 
Shirlee Strahm 
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Lampson .... hair stylist
Kaye Pownall .... hair stylist: Ms. Streisand
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist
Marvin C. Thompson .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Howard Pine .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michele Ader .... second assistant director
Stuart Fleming .... assistant director (as Stu Fleming)
Edward Ledding .... second assistant director (as Ed Ledding)
John Slosser .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Joe Acord .... construction coordinator
Arthur Friedrich .... property master
Bruce Wayne Mecchi .... leadman (uncredited)
Eugene J. Reed .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert Glass .... dubbing mixer (as Bob Glass)
Robert Knudson .... dubbing mixer
Marvin I. Kosberg .... sound effects editor
Tom Overton .... production sound mixer
Josef von Stroheim .... sound effects editor
Dan Wallin .... dubbing mixer
Stephen Katz .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)
Phil Ramone .... sound mixer: live recording (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects
 
Stunts
Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunts (uncredited)
Spanky Spangler .... stunts (uncredited)
Ron Stein .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Barth .... assistant camera
Jules Fisher .... concert lighting
Daniel R. Jordan .... key grip (as Dan Jordan)
Earl Kennedy .... gaffer
Victor Nikaido .... assistant camera
Charles W. Short .... camera operator
Robert C. Thomas .... camera operator (as Robert Thomas)
Ron Grover .... still photographer (uncredited)
Serge Poupis .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
John R. Shannon .... still photographer (uncredited)
Johnny Walker .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Dianne Crittenden .... casting supervisor
Frank Kennedy .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Seth Banks .... wardrobe
Shirlee Strahm .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Marilyn Madderom .... apprentice editor
Michael E. Polakow .... apprentice editor
Florence Williamson .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music editor
Phil Ramone .... music & live recordings producer
Barbra Streisand .... musical concepts
Paul Williams .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Alan Falco .... transportation
 
Other crew
Scott Conrad .... special sequences
Betty Crosby .... script supervisor
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Gene Levy .... production auditor
Joan Marshall .... assistant: Ms. Streisand (as Joan Marshall Ashby)
Jeff Werner .... special sequences
David Winters .... choreographer
Laura Ziskin .... assistant: Mr. Peters
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Grace Davidson .... special thanks
Joyce Sullivan .... special thanks
 
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Runtime:
139 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia:
Kris Kristofferson compared making the movie to going through Ranger School, the elite US Army Ranger program, which he did in 1963. In Ranger School, you sleep an average of three hours every 24 hours, and your skills and will to succeed is constantly challenged to the maximum for three months.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: As John is driving from the ranch house, ostensibly to the airport to pick up Brian, the music from his 8-track player begins before the tape is fully inserted.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Blue Nude (1977)See more »
Soundtrack:
I BELIEVE IN LOVESee more »

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Don't watch too closely now..., 28 April 2009
Author: jc-osms from United Kingdom

I enjoyed this 70's remake of the marvellous Judy Garland / James Mason classic from the 50's (itself a remake, film snobs) more than I expected without accepting that one isolated minute in it was better than its counterpart in the predecessor. A rocky update of the story is a decent idea and in fact lends itself well to the story-line and if the execution is a bit clunky and now dated, that's both pardonable and understandable.

Things I liked - well let's start with Kris Kristofferson who, with the more difficult part, certainly convinces as a hell-raising rock star, fuelled by drugs and alcohol, aware of tastes and fashions passing him by but with enough perception to see Streisand's Esther as the future. It's fun trying to pick out rock prototypes for his John Norman Howard character - I'm between Jim Morrison and Leon Russell myself, the latter married at the time ironically to sultry singer Rita Coolidge who herself gets a brief cameo appearance, while Howard's behaviour at Streisand's little night club where he "discovers" her recalls an infamous out of control episode in the "lost weekend" period in John Lennon's life, if memory serves. A pity they couldn't have trusted the writer of classics like "Help Me Make It Through The Night" and "Me And Bobby McGee" to contribute some of his own songs to the soundtrack and certainly his signature song here "Watch Closely Now" gets done to death.

I also quite enjoyed the soundtrack. I'm no fan of La Diva Streisand's singing or indeed acting but at least in her vocals she exercises some restraint and delivers a surprising variety of material demonstrating at least some versatility on her part, from the title-theme ballad "Evergreen", (the gorgeous music to which was, surprisingly enough written by her), light Labelle-type funk of "I Believe in Love" and the big torch ballad "The Woman in the Moon" which while beneath Judy's "The Man That Got Away", covers the same territory in a still acceptable way.

Things not to like - Streisand herself does a reasonable job and initially tones down her trademark "kooky" and "sensitive" personae a bit but you never really believe in her as a real person. Unfortunately as the film progresses so does her profile and we get embarrassingly lame scenes with the couple coo-ing at each other in various locations including a candle-surrounded bath scene, Streisand overacting furiously as she argues with a cassette-tape of Howard's voice after he's done his James Dean-type exit from the planet and worst of all that single long shot of her singing the finale medley, which is when you appreciate that yes, it's just another Barbie vanity exercise after all (especially when you see her name down as executive producer).

The dialogue is pretty rock-star cliché throughout and some of the situations come across very second-hand too (Howard snorting up before every show, his assaults on a critical dee-jay, Streisand's MOR music somehow wowing a crowd of rock 'n' rollers at a benefit gig) and of course the familiarity with the story reduces the surprise element of some of the plot developments.

All told though, long as it was, there were far worse films than this made in the 70's. By the way, what a pity they never released the version of "Evergreen" with Kristofferson harmonising on the middle section - it works a treat and adds to an already very pretty melody.

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