The Simpsons (1989– )
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A Star Is Burns 

The citizens of Springfield decide to host their very own film festival and a popular movie critic from New York arrives to be a judge.


Susie Dietter


James L. Brooks (developed by), Sam Simon (developed by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Rappin' Rabbi #2 / Homer Simpson / Grampa Simpson / Paparazzo / Krusty the Clown / Mayor Quimby / 'Marge is gonna say something....' / Heckler #1 / Heckler #2 / Airport Tannoy / Hans Moleman / Barney Gumble / 'Pure egotism!' / Beer Vendor / Itchy (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Patty Bouvier / Selma Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Todd Flanders / Nelson Muntz (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Rappin' Rabbi #1 / 'Hey!' / Japanese Father / Moe Szyslak / Chief Wiggum / Charles Bronson / New York Pilot / TV Announcer / Senor Spielbergo / Anthony Hopkins / William Shatner / Bumblebee Man / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Man in Audience #2 (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Kent Brockman / Principal Skinner / Ned Flanders / God / Rainier Wolfcastle / Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Scratchy (voice)
Jon Lovitz ... Jay Sherman (voice)
Phil Hartman ... Charlton Heston (voice)
Maurice LaMarche ... Eudora Welty / George C. Scott (voice)
Doris Grau Doris Grau ... Various (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Japanese Mother / Milhouse Van Houten / Rod Flanders / Woman Praising Barney's Movie / Maude Flanders (voice)


It is decided that a film festival should be held to put Springfield on the map and cinema critic Jay Sherman comes to town and stays with the Simpsons. Various people submit films that they have made to win the critics' prize, from Burns' blockbuster presenting him as an epic hero to Barney's strangely poetic monochrome short, but the most popular choice seems to be George C. Scott in 'Man Getting Hit With a Football'. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

5 March 1995 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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When the Simpsons are saying goodbye to Jay, Homer comes up with a joke can marked "Beer Nuts." Before he opens it up, Marge's eyes stay closed except when she blinks them open. See more »


Marge: Well, it was a lovely festival. The best movie won, and Mr. Burns found there are some awards that can't be bought.
Rainer Wolfcastle: ["Six months later"] And the Oscar goes to...
Montgomery Burns: Oh, I've got to win this one! I bribed everyone in Hollywood.
Rainer Wolfcastle: ...George C. Scott in "Man Getting Hit By Football".
[everyone applauds; Burns steams. A screen shows George C. Scott getting hit in the groin by a football]
George C. Scott: [doubling over] Aargh! My groin!
[falls to the ground, moaning]
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References Bright Lights, Big City (1988) See more »


Hooray for Hollywood
Music by Richard A. Whiting
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