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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:
The third and least workable version of the classic Hollywood tale. 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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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:
CRIPPLED CROWSee more »

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36 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
The third and least workable version of the classic Hollywood tale., 11 February 2001
Author: gary brumburgh (gbrumburgh@aol.com) from Los Angeles, Califronia

The anticipation for this musical film was huge. It seemed the perfect star vehicle for Barbra Streisand and she hadn't had a hit for almost three years ("The Way We Were"). Janet Gaynor and Judy Garland were superlative in their creations of the classic tale of the Hollywood couple -- one star on the rise, the other on the skids. Could Streisand put her own indelible mark on this material as well and reestablish herself as a triple-threat performer?

Nope. Not even close. This third version (actually fourth, if you include 1932's "What Price Hollywood" starring Constance Bennett and Lowell Sherman) stalls early in the game by transposing the dramatic setting of Hollywood movie-making to the brash, uncouth pop/rock music scene... and it is only one of many fundamental mistakes this movie makes.

The rags-to-riches story of Esther Hoffman Howard ain't believable for one second. Streisand the struggling artist? She plays Barbra the hard-assed star from the very first scene, lacking the courage or ability to immerse herself into a fully-realized character. She brays and bullies from the onset, showing no emotional colors whatsoever in a performance bereft of weakness, vulnerability and, as a result, sympathy. Ironically, she played this part to perfection ten years before -- as Fanny Brice, the gawky chorus girl who became a Ziegfeld Follies legend. Well, somewhere in those ten years, is a big star who has forgotten how to laugh at herself.

Its been said that Elvis Presley was briefly considered for the part of John Norman Howard, the singer on the skids, but turned it down for fear of being upstage by Streisand. All the same, one wonders what "The King" might have done with a too-close-to-reality role like this. In the hands of Kris Kristofferson, he tosses in a performance so lackadaisical and careless that one wonders if he was sober at all during the film's shoot. They appear to be performing in two different movies. Neither one interesting.

The screenplay is hopeless trite and corny, fueling some of the most unintentionally funny scenes in recent memory. Streisand's fight scene with Kristofferson after she catches him in the sack with some chippy and her emotional cassette-ripping scene in the mansion after John Howard's death are just plain embarrassing. If she's such a perfectionist in real life, how did these two scenes ever get by the editor's scissors.

The one thing Streisand did right in this movie is the one thing she can never do wrong. Sing. Possessing arguably the finest vocal instrument known to man, she weaves absolute magic in her singing scenes, notably "Woman in the Moon" and especially her heart-breaking finale number, "Are You Watching Me Now." Here, and only here, does she seize an emotional connection to Esther that evaded her throughout the film.

Alas, it is not enough to save this film dud. But, if you must see this, I'd advise you to skip the acting scenes and fast-forward to each Streisand number. Better yet, buy the CD.

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