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Brenda Starr (1989)

Mike is a struggling artist who draws the "Brenda Starr" strip for the papers. When Brenda comes to life in the strip and sees how unappreciated she is by Mike, she leaves the strip. To get... See full summary »

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Noreen Stone (story), James D. Buchanan (story) (as James David Buchanan) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brooke Shields ... Brenda Starr
Timothy Dalton ... Basil St. John
Tony Peck ... Mike Randall
Diana Scarwid ... Libby 'Lips' Lipscomb
Nestor Serrano ... Jose
Jeffrey Tambor ... Vladimir
June Gable June Gable ... Luba
Charles Durning ... Editor Francis I. Livright
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Reporter Hank O'Hare
John Short John Short ... Cub Reporter Pesky Miller
Eddie Albert ... Police Chief Maloney
Mark von Holstein Mark von Holstein ... Donovan O'Shea, Public Enemy #3
Henry Gibson ... Professor Gerhardt Von Kreutzer
Ed Nelson ... President Harry S. Truman
Tom Aldredge ... The Fake Capt. Borg
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Storyline

Mike is a struggling artist who draws the "Brenda Starr" strip for the papers. When Brenda comes to life in the strip and sees how unappreciated she is by Mike, she leaves the strip. To get her back, and keep his job, Mike draws himself into the strip. In her world, Brenda Starr is the Ace Reporter for the New York Flash. She is talented, fearless, smart, and a very snappy dresser. The only competition she has is from the rival paper's top reporter Libby Lipscomb. Brenda heads to the Amazon jungle to find a scientist with a secret formula which will create cheap and powerful gas from ordinary water. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brenda Starr - Stjärnreportern See more »

Filming Locations:

San Juan, Puerto Rico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$67,878
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Brooke Shields and Charles Durning appeared in Tilt (1979). See more »

Quotes

Cub Reporter Pesky Miller: You're just sore because Brenda got the O'Shea story while you were sitting on your claws!
Libby 'Lips' Lipscomb: Haha! Little man, I don't care about the O'Shea story. "Small potatoes." I'm working on something so big it'll really clean your clock, Starr! Put you right out of the newspaper game! All you poor saps. So, tata!
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Version of Brenda Starr, Reporter (1945) See more »

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The Missouri Waltz
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This film had its premiere in the Florida Theater a couple of years after it was made.
6 May 2000 | by miller-moviesSee all my reviews

I am one of perhaps a couple thousand people to actually view this film in a theater and not on video-tape. I attended the premiere in the Florida Theater in Jacksonville, Florida. From the cast and crew, only the director, Robert Ellis Miller, managed to attend, introducing his film that was made in the Jacksonville area a few years before.

Overall, it's a fairly good film. The tongue-in-cheek acting is right on, with Brooke Shields and a pre-007 Timothy Dalton having a lot of fun with the material. Unfortunately, a couple of scenes were really hard to believe... especially when our heroine Brenda Starr waterskis on the backs of a pair of alligators!!!

The other effects in the film were nicely handled, including the animation and the scene showing an older New York City behind the historic Ritz Theater which played host to a scene early in the picture.

It's not a great film, but deserving of a viewing if you'd like an adventure flick without much seriousness. 7 out of 10 stars.


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