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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.

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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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

Frank Sinatra was seriously considered for the role of Nicky Arnstein. Barbra Streisand vetoed his casting, because while she respected his talent, she disliked him personally. See more »

Goofs

In the sequence where a telegram is brought to the Brice saloon, the camera closes in on two ladies, one of whom says, "That's life for you: somebody's dead." She wears a skirt with gray and white stripes, a cream blouse, and a straw hat with a pink and green ribbon. As the camera follows the Western Union delivery man, the same outfit can be seen on a different bystander. 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 »

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Soundtracks

I'd Rather Be Blue Over You (Than Be Happy With Somebody Else)
(As I'd Rather Be Blue)
By Fred Fisher and Billy Rose
Performed by Barbra Streisand (uncredited)
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Fanny's Marital Problems Aren't Minor
4 December 2004 | by nguSee all my reviews

I've seen this film many times,and I've always thought it was one of Barbra Streisand's best films because it allowed her to use her strengths as a comedian, singer, and dramatic actor. It's clear that her presence dominates the movie; however, there are some excellent supporting players, including Kay Medford as Fanny Brice's mother Rose and Walter Pigeon as Florenz Ziegfeld, two very fine character actors. Rose is particularly likable because, unlike her daughter Fanny, she sees things as they are and not the way they should be. This applies to her comment about Nick Arnstein, the handsome gambler that Fanny marries, despite the fact that Rose perceives him to be a "sponge."

Fanny, as shown in this film, is also very likable not only because of her humor but for her generosity and thoughtfulness. Her ambition, of course, is to conquer the stage and she does so fairly quickly after making a great mess of a roller skate number at the local dance hall. Before long, Fanny is auditioning for Ziegfeld, the famous impressario and she wins him over with her talent and charm. Nick Arnstein, a man about town, always seems to be around Fanny when she triumphs on the stage and this time is no different. He buys her a beautiful bouquet of roses with a note, "Dear Star, I told you so." Very soon, Fanny and Nick become involved in a relationship which is often on and off until Fanny literally proposes to him. What follows is a heartbreaking story of a young woman whose desire to be loved for herself alone and her passion for a happy domestic life is thwarted by fate and some wrong choices.

After a montage of the first year of their marriage together, problems start affecting the Arnstein marriage. It is true that they are wealthy people; however, their problems aren't minor. Nick begins to lose heavily at the gaming table and everything he tries ends in failure. Fanny, on the other hand, continues to be successful on the stage and Nick starts to resent her. Suddenly, all of his gentlemanly charm and good manners disappear as if by magic; he's rude to Fanny, making her upset over things that a truly married couple would find a way to resolve. Indeed, he starts ignoring her deliberately and places his interests and needs above hers. After a while, the marriage collapses not because of Fanny's career but the way in which Nick looks at their relationship (we discover this near the end of the film.) He also conceals his financial problems from her, shutting Fanny out of his life as though she didn't exist.

All of this culminates in Nick's unfortunate involvement in a shady bond scheme which sends him to prison for two years. I would say that these problems are rather huge. I don't want to give more away because I feel others should have the opportunity to see the film and judge for themselves. But I have to say that the ending of the movie, is, in my opinion, one of the most heartfelt, dignified, and classiest moments ever put on film. And Barbra Streisand makes the most of it, touching us not only with her excellent performance of the song "My Man" but also by the way her Fanny carries herself, taking responsibility for her choice and showing that she will go on with her life, despite what's happened to her.


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