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A Star Is Born (1976)

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

Director:

Frank Pierson

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John Gregory Dunne (screenplay by), Joan Didion (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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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 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]

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Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of three cinema movie collaborations of Producer and hairdresser Jon Peters and Barbra Streisand. The others being For Pete's Sake (1974) and The Main Event (1979). Peters was Streisand's hair stylist, and not a producer on For Pete's Sake (1974), but performed producing duties on the other two features, with Streisand also a Producer on The Main Event (1979) and an Executive Producer on this movie. See more »

Goofs

Before performing at the charity concert John detaches a label from Esther's jacket twice. See more »

Quotes

Esther Hoffman: I think I'll do my tour in trash flash.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Version of Robert Montgomery Presents: A Star Is Born (1951) See more »

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HELLACIOUS ACRES
Music & Lyrics by Paul Williams & Kenny Ascher
Performed by Kris Kristofferson
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Groovy Babs!
27 May 2000 | by matty03See all my reviews

My mom took me to see this movie when it came out around Christmas of 1976. I loved it then and I love it now. I know everyone makes fun of Barbra's hair in this one, but I think she looks and sounds great! ...And I seem to remember a number of women who copied that permed look at the time! Also, the bath tub scene between Streisand and Kristoferson is just so sexy! The music is great as well. This is the groovy 70's Babs at her best!


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