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Star! (1968)

A musical biography of Gertrude Lawrence, who led a hustling and bustling life on the stage.

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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gertrude Lawrence
... Richard Aldrich
... Sir Anthony Spencer
... Noël Coward
... Charles Fraser
... Arthur Lawrence
... Rose
John Collin ... Jack Roper
... Andre Charlot
Richard Karlan ... David Holtzmann
Lynley Laurence ... Billie Carleton
Garrett Lewis ... Jack Buchanan
... Ben Mitchell
Jock Livingston ... Alexander Woollcott
... Dan
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Storyline

Film based on life of actress Gertrude Lawrence, on- and offstage, takes the opportunity to feature extravagant musical production numbers with 'Julie Andrews' , acting, singing and dancing. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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Unbelievable Julie! See more »


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22 October 1968 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,000,000, 31 January 1970
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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Julie Andrews and Gertrude Lawrence have much in common: both were born in London; performed in music hall as children; and became box office stars after their first American shows. See more »

Goofs

In the number "Burlington Bertie" the banana skin thrown onstage by Gertie disappears. See more »

Quotes

Noel Coward: You can't decide what you want until you decide who you are.
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Crazy Credits

The only credits seen at the beginning of the film are those for a fictional black-and-white short subject about Gertrude Lawrence. The film's real credits all appear at the end. However, the Twentieth-Century Fox logo is shown only in black-and-white, and with tinny 1940's-style sound recording, as part of that fictional newsreel. We never see the logo in color and stereophonic sound, although Twentieth-Century Fox released "Star!" See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Limehouse Blues
Music by Philip Braham
Lyrics by Douglas Furber
Danced by Julie Andrews
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Julie Andrews is the Star! of this movie
3 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

Star! is publicized as the flop that ended Julie Andrews' career. None of the blame should be laid at Julie's feet however. Her performance, especially in the musical numbers, is unparalleled. Julie WAS the greatest musical star of her day: if you don't believe me, imagine Barbra (whom I adore also) being tossed around by chorus boys in the "Jenny" finale. Also, kudos must go to Daniel Massey as Noel Coward: he could have really "camped" up the role but, thankfully, he played it with restraint. The problem with the movie is that it is constructed with the great musical numbers connected by a very flawed & minimal plot. Furthermore, the musical numbers don't advance the plot at all (only in a few spots do they even parallel Gertrude Lawrence's life-situations of the moment). So, what we're left with is a revue...a pastiche of musical numbers..a Ziegfield Follies of 1968!! So, the character of Gertrude Lawrence isn't fleshed out enough for audience sympathy to develop. Finally, the choice of imitating b&w newsreel footage just doesn't work and further distances the audience from the movie. Check it out though---the musical numbers are super-spectacular and Julie Andrews gives a Star!-performance


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