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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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Robert Wise
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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:
Julie Andrews ... Gertrude Lawrence
Richard Crenna ... Richard Aldrich
Michael Craig ... Sir Anthony Spencer
Daniel Massey ... Noël Coward
Robert Reed ... Charles Fraser
Bruce Forsyth ... Arthur Lawrence
Beryl Reid ... Rose
John Collin John Collin ... Jack Roper
Alan Oppenheimer ... Andre Charlot
Richard Karlan Richard Karlan ... David Holtzmann
Lynley Laurence Lynley Laurence ... Billie Carleton
Garrett Lewis Garrett Lewis ... Jack Buchanan
Anthony Eisley ... Ben Mitchell
Jock Livingston Jock Livingston ... Alexander Woollcott
J. Pat O'Malley ... 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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Taglines:

All Her Romances! All Her Wildness! All Her Fun! All Her Songs! All Her Dances! All Her Joy! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Those Were the Happy Times See more »

Filming Locations:

Dennis, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,000,000, 31 January 1970
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ballard Berkeley is credited by several sources as having been in the movie, but does not actually appear. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Noel Coward: Unfortunately, my darling, you can't take a whole audience home to bed without being accused of immorality on rather a grand scale.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

When business didn't meet expectations, the studio suggested some shortening, and Robert Wise offered about 20 minutes of cuts that were literally scissored out of the prints while the film played to initial reserved seat audiences. The studio also tried revamping the ads to appeal to a younger audience, even including a shot of Julie posing with a motorcycle that was just an on-location joke and not a scene in the film. Another idea was to make up a couple print ads that tried to make the movie look like a soap opera, adding "Loves Of A..." to the title. The "Loves Of A Star!" ads were only tested briefly in a few papers, and never used widely. This prompted a politely shocked letter from Robert Wise to the studio, who sheepishly admitted it was a desperate attempt that failed. That title was never put on the actual film. In the spring of 1969, the studio withdrew the film from release entirely and decided on a drastic edit and total new identity. After removing many of the musical numbers and preparing new ads that deliberately made the picture look like The Sound of Music, a two-hour version was released under the title "Those Were the Happy Times". At his own request, The credit "A Robert Wise Film" is not present on this version. The short version did no business. See more »

Connections

Featured in STAR! The Sound of a Legend (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Someone to Watch Over Me
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Julie Andrews
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Julie Andrews is the Star! of this movie
3 May 2001 | by roy_woodSee 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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