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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 ... 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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,035, 19 April 1992

Gross USA:

$67,878

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,878
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although shot in 1986 and released in Europe in 1989, the movie, due to legal disputes regarding the American distribution and television rights, was not released in American theaters until 1992. 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 »

Soundtracks

Fiesta With My Love
Written by Kashif, Brian Alexander Morgan (as Brian Morgan) & Shelley Scruggs
Published by Music Corp. of America (BMI)
Kashif Music (BMI)
New Music Group, Inc. (BMI)
Produced by Kashif, Brian Alexander Morgan (as Brian Morgan) & Shelley Scruggs for
The New Music Group, Inc.
Vocal Performance by Yogi Lee
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In the days before Brooke Shields could act...
10 November 2002 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

She would cash in on her looks. Her acting ability has finally reared its head with Suddenly Susan, but prior to her stint on TV Brooke Shields did a number of lack luster appearances films that were shot as A-quality pictures, but suffered from her poor acting ability.

"Brenda Starr" shows a turning point in Brooke's acting career, largely because it seemed as though she actually projected herself into the Brenda Starr character, verse reciting lines in her previous roles.

Even so the film is poorly directed, and veterans like Dalton and Scarwid cannot prop up a film that has a definate lack of vision. In fact the best sequences of the entire film are in Act I; from Shields braving a ledge to get an interview with an Irish immigrant gangster, to her welcome home to the office by the Brenda Starr comic strip's supporting characters.

The film was given a kind of feminine sense of adventure, which I believe detracts from what could've been a far more entertaining film; had the director just followed his personal instincts and created a good adventure film. The high points are seeing Brooke herself in very alluring fashions of the late forties. Beyond that there's not much here. Brooke looks the part, but couldn't act it ... at least not then.


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