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A Star Is Born (1976)

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A has-been rock star falls in love with a young, up-and-coming songstress.

Director:

Frank Pierson

Writers:

John Gregory Dunne (screenplay by), Joan Didion (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbra Streisand ... Esther Hoffman
Kris Kristofferson ... John Norman Howard
Gary Busey ... Bobby Ritchie
Oliver Clark ... Gary Danziger
Venetta Fields ... The Oreos
Clydie King ... The Oreos
Marta Heflin ... Quentin
M.G. Kelly M.G. Kelly ... Bebe Jesus
Sally Kirkland ... Photographer
Joanne Linville ... Freddie
Uncle Rudy Uncle Rudy ... Mo
Paul Mazursky ... Brian
Stephen Bruton Stephen Bruton ... The Speedway
Sammy Lee Creason Sammy Lee Creason ... The Speedway (as Sam Creason)
Cleve Dupin Cleve Dupin ... The Speedway
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Storyline

Talented rock star John Norman Howard has seen his career begin to decline. Too many years of concerts and managers and life on the road have made him cynical and the monotony has taken its toll. Then he meets the innocent, pure and very talented singer Esther Hoffman. As one of his songs in the movie says "I'm gonna take you girl, I'm gonna show you how." And he does. He shows Esther the way to stardom while forsaking his own career. As they fall in love, her success only makes his decline even more apparent. Written by A. Lloyd Adams [aadams@airmail.net]

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The evergreen Oscar winner ablaze with music and stardust.

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rainbow Road See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$80,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$88,870,102
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Motown head Berry Gordy refused to release Diana Ross to work on the film. See more »

Goofs

As John is driving from the ranch house, ostensibly to the airport to pick up Brian, the music from his 8-track player begins before the tape is fully inserted. See more »

Quotes

Esther Hoffman: You can trash your life but you're not going to trash mine.
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Crazy Credits

Ms. Streisand's clothes from ... Her Closet. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Gilmore Girls: So... Good Talk (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

WOMAN IN THE MOON
Music & Lyrics by Paul Williams & Kenny Ascher
Performed by Barbra Streisand
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Horrible remake of a classic.
19 January 2001 | by sandiego-4See all my reviews

Horrible remake of an A+ classic remake. The acting is bottom of the barrel, as well the direction and production values. Paul Williams' 'Evergreen,' now seriously dated, was best part of the film. Everyone involved has done better, but none have done worse. Rent the Judy Garland/James Mason version and see what quality movie making is all about.


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