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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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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Loves of a Star! 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:

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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Beatrice Lillie was a friend of Gertrude Lawrence, but her role was written out of the screenplay after she refused to let anyone play her role but herself (she was 73 at the time). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Noel Coward: Close personal relationships are bloody difficult, my darling but they do get easier with time. Loneliness gets harder.
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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 Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Saga of Jenny
from the play "Lady in the Dark"
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Julie Andrews, accompanied by an uncredited pianist
then done as the show finale
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The End of an Era
1 February 1999 | by dweckSee all my reviews

*THUD* Like that the romance between box office and Julie Andrews was over.

Why?

There are a variety of answers. Tastes had changed. Big-budget musicals were on their way out (and continued to fall out of favor as the decade proceeded--see "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," "Camelot," and "Paint Your Wagon" for further evidence). And the public had mysteriously cooled on Julie Andrews as well, although the reason behind that eludes those of us who still carry the torch for her.

Caught in the downward spiral, unfortunately, was "STAR!" the musical that was supposed to recapture the magic of "The Sound of Music" by allowing Andrews, Wise, and Chaplin the opportunity of working again. According to critics and box-office receipts, this reunion failed miserably.

But there has been a revisionist feel to "STAR!" over the past few years, as evidenced by the VHS and laser releases, and that's a good thing. This treasure certainly didn't deserved to remain buried forever.

Andrews gives a tour de force performance, tackling a barrel full of unforgettable songs from some of the world's greatest composers/lyricists. She's also given amply opportunity to show off her acting chops, as her Gertie is alternately dazzled and dazzling, enraged, funny, drunk, enamoured, witty, urbane, base, coy, and even sad, lonely, and depressed.

Last, Julie/Gertie is dolled up in some of the most exquisite costumes to ever grace a screen--the Donald Brooks outfits and Cartier jewels will knock your eye out.

That Andrews voice... that Andrews face... that Andrews talent... that Andrews dancing... All up on the screen with nobody to appreciate it in 1968. Luckily, it's now all within grasp.


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