The life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienne and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfeld girl, subsequent career, and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein.
The Wingo family is from South Carolina, they growing up in a house on a tidal plain. The oldest offspring, Lucas, largely acted as the protector for his younger twins siblings, Tom and Savannah, in light of their dysfunctional growing up, with their shrimper father, Henry, distant and abusive if/when he did pay them any attention, and their mother, Lila, while not doting on them most concerned about appearances and striving for social standing. Now in middle age, Savannah is a New York based poet, Tom, still living on the South Carolina coast outside of Charleston with his wife Sally and their own three doting daughters, taking a break from his high school teaching/football coaching job, while Lucas has long since died while still standing up for himself and his beliefs. Lila, divorced and now remarried with that wealth and social standing she so long desired, receives news that Savannah is in the hospital following her most recent suicide attempt. Not wanting to face the blame ...Written by
Chris O'Donnell, who would soon become a star in Scent of a Woman, won the role of Streisand's teenage son, Bernard, but Pat Conroy didn't think he was right. Looking through photos of other young actors, he picked one out, telling Streisand that she should hire him, instead. The actor was Streisand's own son, Jason Gould. See more »
When Tom is coaching, Bernard's dirty white t-shirt becomes clean between shots. See more »
Laserdisc version contains an alternate end credits sequence with Barbra Streisand's vocal performance of "Places That Belong To You" (which was replaced in the final film by new end title music by James Newton Howard after Streisand felt that to include the song would bring back the Dr. Lowenstein character and destroy the focal point of the story, which would be the Tom Wingo character). Also, alternate versions of the Tom and Susan affair scenes, and the following deleted scenes (presented in a separate supplementary section at the end of the film):
Tom remembering his late brother Luke;
Tom visiting Savannah in the hospital early in the film;
I really loved this movie, I'm not especially a Barbra Streisand fan, but I loved that one. I've read some really negative comments, and I was sorry, but everyone has a right to express himself. I found Nick Nolte really good, completely different from the 48 Hours series, and right for the part of a troubled guy. I must admit that I'm particularly drawn to big bears who love their children, hide their feelings and eventually get out from the ivory tower they were caught into. Nick Nolte is just that. I intent to read the book right away, I didn't know there was one. I've seen it many, many times, and each time I watch it, I find something new that makes me like it all the more. And no matter what people think, I think that Barbra gave a really good performance. I admit that her part "resembled" her part in The Mirror Has Two Faces, but it didn't trouble me more than that. I'm not a professional, but I think it was well directed, and the soundtrack is just great.
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