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Funny Lady (1975)

Story of singer Fanny Brice's stormy relationship with showman Billy Rose.

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writers:

Jay Presson Allen (screenplay), Arnold Schulman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbra Streisand ... Fanny Brice
James Caan ... Billy Rose
Omar Sharif ... Nicky Arnstein / Nick Arnstein
Roddy McDowall ... Bobby
Ben Vereen ... Bert Robbins
Carole Wells Carole Wells ... Norma Butler
Larry Gates ... Bernard Baruch
Eugene Troobnick Eugene Troobnick ... Ned (as Gene Troobnick)
Heidi O'Rourke Heidi O'Rourke ... Eleanor Holm
Royce Wallace Royce Wallace ... Adele
Lilyan Chauvin ... Mademoiselle
Samantha C. Kirkeby ... Fran (as Samantha Huffaker)
Matt Emery Matt Emery ... Buck Bolton
Joshua Shelley Joshua Shelley ... Painter
Cliff Norton Cliff Norton ... Stage Manager
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Storyline

The continuing story of Fanny Brice following that depicted in Funny Girl (1968) is presented. An established star on Broadway as a headliner for the Ziegfeld Follies, Fanny and the rest of the world are hitting difficult times entering into the 1930s. Her marriage to Nicky Arnstein, who she still loves is ending in divorce, and even Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. is having trouble coming up with money to continue to produce the Follies. Along comes brash nightclub owner, song lyricist and wannabe impresario Billy Rose, who says he can raise the money and has the material to produce his own revue, which he wants to star Fanny. Fanny is both attracted to and repelled by Billy because of his chutzpah, his stubbornness and knowing that underneath his outer veneer is the soul of a true hustler... much like she was when she was first starting out and much like she still is now. Through their professional trials and tribulations, they slowly start to fall for each other. But Fanny admits that Nicky ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Streisand & Caan - How Lucky Can You Get!


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Naljakas daam See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$40,055,897
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Eleanor Holm lent her name to the production, on the condition the actress portraying her would have no lines (and, aside from some pleasantries and one exclamation, she doesn't). "What I objected to", Holm told Streisand biographer James Spada, "was all that talk between Fanny and Billy, particularly the line 'How much did she take you for?' I left that marriage with nothing, I just wanted out. Fanny never caught us together, either. Maybe she did take a plane to see Billy, but she for sure didn't walk in and catch us in that kip!" See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, in a meeting between Brice and Rose, he mentions taking over the Ziegfeld Theatre. Rose took over the Ziegfeld Theatre after NBC dropped their lease long after Brice was dead. The discussion could not have taken place as portrayed in the film. See more »

Quotes

Fanny Brice: [at her first meeting Billy Rose] If we hate the same people and you get your suit cleaned, it's a match.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Blind Date
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Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Performed by Barbra Streisand
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You wanna know what it's really like ?....
10 September 2003 | by krisroboneilSee all my reviews

FAN......TAS......TIC !

Well,not quite, but still very watchable. There's a sort of hollow feeling to the whole thing, but then I sort of think that adds new character to an already well told story. We'd have certainly been cheated if they tried to re-do "funny girl" all over again. I have played the soundtrack so many times and really have never felt cheated in any way. The sequel portrays Fanny Brice as more worldly and cynical. She couldn't have possibly remained the same naive, dewy-eyed girl portrayed in the first movie. I think, as sequels go, this is well done and enjoyable...but, a sequel nevertheless. A little less magic than the original, but enjoyable on several levels.


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