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Funny Girl (1968)

The life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienne and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfeld girl, subsequent career, and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein.

Director:

William Wyler

Writers:

Isobel Lennart (based on the musical play by), Isobel Lennart (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbra Streisand ... Fanny Brice
Omar Sharif ... Nick Arnstein
Kay Medford ... Rose Brice
Anne Francis ... Georgia James
Walter Pidgeon ... Florenz Ziegfeld
Lee Allen Lee Allen ... Eddie Ryan
Mae Questel ... Mrs. Strakosh
Gerald Mohr ... Branca
Frank Faylen ... Keeney
Mittie Lawrence Mittie Lawrence ... Emma
Gertrude Flynn Gertrude Flynn ... Mrs. O'Malley
Penny Santon Penny Santon ... Mrs. Meeker
John Harmon ... Company Manager
Thordis Brandt ... Ziegfeld Girl
Bettina Brenna Bettina Brenna ... Ziegfeld Girl
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Storyline

Early twentieth century New York. Fanny Brice knows that she is a talented comedienne and singer. She also knows that she is not the beauty typical of the stage performers of the day, she with skinny legs and a crooked nose among other physical issues. So she knows she has to use whatever other means to get her break in show business, that break so that she can at least display her talents. With the help of Eddie Ryan who would become her friend, Fanny is able to get a part in a novelty act in a vaudeville show, the renown from which eventually comes to the attention of famed impresario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.. Fanny does become one of the Ziegfeld Follies most popular acts, despite she almost getting fired after her first performance by defying Flo's artistic vision for her closing number. Beyond stage success, Fanny also wants a happy personal life, most specifically with the suave Nicky Arnstein, a gambler in every respect of the word. Fanny loves him and loves that he loves her ... Written by Huggo

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Funny That HE Should Happen to HER! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dokhtar-e shookh See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,560, 2 September 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$223,306, 7 October 2001
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (roadshow)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)| Dolby SR (35mm restored version)| Dolby Digital (35mm restored version)| SDDS (35mm restored version)| DTS (35mm restored version)| DTS | SDDS | Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In 1962, when the project was being initially developed as a musical play, Anne Bancroft was the producers' choice to star, but she withdrew for unspecified reasons. See more »

Goofs

At Fanny's celebration party, a camera shadow is visible twice, on the couple who dances between the camera and Fanny and Nick. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Fanny Brice: [looking in the mirror] Hello, gorgeous.
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Alternate Versions

The original theatrical version included an additional overture before the opening credits, an intermission after "Don't Rain On My Parade," and exit music after the end credits. These additional music pieces have been restored for the DVD release. See more »


Soundtracks

Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20: Scène, Lake in the Moonlight
(uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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The Greatest Star?...
3 September 2001 | by TJBNYCSee all my reviews

...Perhaps not. But for nearly 2 1/2 hours in "Funny Girl," Barbra Streisand at least makes a convincing case for herself.

Forget about the television airings you've seen. Throw away your old video cassette copy. Instead, see the restored, widescreen, road show version now in limited theatrical release. It is the ONLY way to truly appreciate the talents of Ms. Streisand and, more notably, the film's brilliant director, William Wyler.

Movies today no longer look like movies. The highest compliment one can pay "Funny Girl" is that it is a grand, glorious MOVIE in the truest sense. Wyler's brilliance is never more evident than in his glorious treatment of the "Don't Rain on My Parade" sequence, the stunning camerawork of "The Swan," and the incredibly effective set-up of the "My Man" finale.

Ms. Streisand doesn't really give a performance; she simply is Barbra. Every "Barbra-ism" that we have come to know, love and hate over the years is already crystallized at this point. Her brashness can be off-putting, but by the end of the movie, one is completely won over by the sheer enormity of her talent and presence. Yes, you can see the beginnings of the blind egomania that has marred her performances for the last 20-odd years (to be generous); but you cannot deny her brilliance, either. And to see her extraordinary face in full-screen close up is breathtaking. Kudos to the director, lighting director, and make-up artist for making Streisand appear so wonderful in this.

From the sweepingly orchestrated titles to the high-drama impact of the showstopping finale, this is Entertainment with a capital E. About 20 minutes could have been trimmed, and exactly why Omar Sharif was cast remains a mystery; but at the end of the picture, these quibbles are trivial. Did I laugh? Yes. Did I cry? Yes. Was I thrilled, excited, entertained? You betcha.


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