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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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Certificate:

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Details

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

The movie was also orphaned by the bankruptcy of New World Pictures, who originally picked up the U.S. distribution rights to the film, which were eventually acquired by Triumph Releasing. Though New World did retain foreign rights. See more »

Quotes

Brenda Starr: I'm having a terrible problem with some of those purses you're having me wear. They're just too small! I have to use teeny-weeny notebooks so they'll fit. Half the time I have the memorize what people say. I want my stories accurate!
Mike Randall: Brenda, I just draw you. I didn't create you, a woman did.
Brenda Starr: Well, tell her I don't mind the wardrobe. Of course, logically I couldn't afford it on what I earn. But I understand the public expects me to look chic, and I wouldn't want to let them down!
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Connections

Version of Brenda Starr, Reporter (1945) See more »

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The Missouri Waltz
Written by Frederick Logan & James Shannon
Published by Forster Music Publishing Company (ASCAP)
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Interesting
24 March 2014 | by Kraig SimpsonSee all my reviews

Let me start off first by saying that this movie is not very good but I would put it against other movies of the same era and say that it is better than average.

It certainly doesn't deserve the bad rap that it has gotten over the years and isn't a terrible movie either, however. I'm not sure why so many people hate this film. The direction, writing and acting are all just fine.

Brooke Shields looks great and does a fair enough job of playing the main character.

The story is also very unique and fun with her literally coming out of the comic strip as a real life character. Maybe the strangeness of that turns some people off.

But it's a fun movie and worth seeing... if you can find it that is, it's not super well known or loved!


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