A Star Is Born (1976)

 


 

A has-been rock star falls in love with a young, up-and-coming songstress. Full summary »

Genre: Drama,Musical,Romance

A Star Is Born (1976)
   
Release Date: 17 December 1976 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Frank Pierson
Cast:
  • Barbra Streisand
  • Kris Kristofferson
  • Gary Busey
  • Oliver Clark
  • Venetta Fields
  • Clydie King
  • Marta Heflin
  • M.G. Kelly
  • Sally Kirkland
  • Joanne Linville
  • Uncle Rudy
  • Paul Mazursky
  • Stephen Bruton
  • Sammy Lee Creason
  • Cleve Dupin


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36 Responses to A Star Is Born (1976)

  1. jenld1029-2
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    Without a doubt, this is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. If this song doesn’t give you chills and put a lump in your throat, then you don’t have a pulse!

  2. boonya2
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    Wow 1937, 1954, 1976 and now 2010. I guess it never gets old and this time with Beyonce in the lead role.

  3. confusedchick
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    Does anyone know the address of the mansion where John Norman lived? I don’t mean the house in Arizona he built with Esther but the mansion where he has a pool and he writes Esthers name on the wall.

    Thanks everyone. :)

  4. mkpicazred
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    Finally saw this movie for the first time for the only time. I can certainly see why others like it, it’s very stylized (the wardrobe/sets were excellent–there are so many plunging necklines on Babs and this is a good 10 YEARS after she had her son, talk about an amazing body! Who knew!) and there’s some genuinely good stuff here (the scene where Kris Kristofferson realizes his band has moved on without him is such a killer and so well done) but it’s all so loosely strewn together/coke fueled you just can’t call this a great film.

    First of all there’s little to no explanation as to why Kris Kristofferson’s character just all of a sudden decides showbiz isn’t for him, that he’d rather obsessively stalk/manage the career of Babs’ character. This movie would have benefited with another 10 minutes in the beginning focusing on John Norman Howard and the rigors of his superfamous lifestyle and it wouldn’t have killed them to cut down on the stock footage of the ridiculously large concert crowd. I think they tried to use the latter to establish the former but you end up seeing the two as separate because John Norman only plunks down to sing after we’ve lost interest in the heaving hordes.

    Suddenly we’re catapulted into the relationship of John Norman and Esther (yeah, um, no that would never ever happen. Talented or no we’ll never see an Esther live in concert) and slowly the obsessor becomes the obsessee. This is a bit more believable but as others have pointed out there’s some crazy sequences where these *beep* start screwing around with backhoes and dunebuggying etc.

    In the last stage Babs has become the superstar "Esther" who has long since surpassed John Norman and he finally gets his wish and kills himself. Apparently there was some argument over whether or not he should commit suicide or have "an accident" and I think the filmmakers kind of wussed out and landed somewhere in the middle. It would have been a lot more poignant had he committed suicide because it would have spoken more to the self-destructive nature and ultimately incurable depression that John Norman suffered as a result of his meteoric rise to fame.

    I can’t help but compare this to another Seventies coke binge called "All That Jazz" that I recently saw for the first time for the last time. Both are these remarkably fast paced 3 hour epic-type films but they are all over the map man! If you were to sit and try to explain all the crap that takes place to someone who hasn’t seen the film ("Wait, you mean there’s a whole musical number with the daughter and live-in girlfriend for no reason whatsoever? Wait half of the dance movie takes place in a hospital ward?!""What are you saying? The DJ that a made a few cameos in the film suddenly worships the star he detested throughtout?""Wait Babs starts yammering on about having a baby in one scene 2/3rds of the way through and then they never talk about it again?!") they’d think you were snorting coke. Maybe that’s how one can truly enjoy these films. One of you go buy a few grams and find out.

  5. kikilibra72
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    The first time I saw this movie was a year ago…and it seemed like to me, that the character, John Norman Howard killed himself at the end by crashing his car. He couldn’t deal with the decline of his own musical career, so he dropped in a deep depression. But it’s somewhat confusing because in my opinion, he sabotaged his own career by being late and having concert fines and just being destructive. Am I correct?

  6. booey-2
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    I was 16 when I first saw the movie, and it has always been a HUGE favorite of mine. Of course, you can’t deny the appeal of Kristofferson in the movie – HOW FINE IS THAT MAN???????????? Sheesh. He still is. He’s the bad boy every woman secretly wants. His acting is flawless. He played a drunk/druggie only the way someone who really had gone through it could – and he had – in ’76 he finally got on the wagon, so it was all very real.

    The music is GREAT and even though in later years I thought Streisand was somewhat not the right person for him in a physical beauty sense, I think it’s more a problem for male viewers than female. Us gals are just looking at Kris – and naturally the guys are looking at the female interest – my husband cannot watch the movie b/c of her – he doesn’t like her looks. But I did make him sit through just the red Ferrari scene on the road towards the end just so he could see how well done it was – the camera work was so perfect and you were totally in the car with him with the music blasting – you should have seen it on my 50" plasma – WOW!!!!

    And lastly, the transfer quality was GREAT – anamorphic widescreen and really clear with great color and very low noise except for dark areas which is normal for all film.

    Brought back some great memories of my mom and I loving this movie together, I bought a copy for her for Christmas. Would have loved to watch it together with her last night.

    I have tried to sit through the original with Judy Garland, but I guess seeing this one first, I just can’t get into the earlier era. Watching all the concert footage in the ’76 version was so much like what I was living at the time.

    I am working my way through the commentary by Streisand, but she seems to only talk about herself and the songs, so far she has barely even mentioned Kris or details about scenes in the movie. Her voice sounds EXACTLY the same now as then.

    Check it out, if you grew up in the same era as me (born in 1960) you will love it.

    Wendy

  7. ijonesiii
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    I was wondering if you had a favorite song or scene in the film. My favorite song in the filmis "Woman in the Moon." Barbra’s voice is amazing on that song. My favorite scene is after Esther finds John Norman in bed with that reporter and she goes downstairs smashes all the liquor bottles and then scratches up John Norman’s back and bits his lip and then starts kissing him, all the while saying "I hate you."

  8. jenld1029-2
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    What do you think?

  9. Vertigomovie
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    The only thing good about this version of "A Star is Born" is the song,

    "Evergreen".

    A Star is Born (1937, 1954) stuck with the original story –

    Oscar winning actress…..

    BAD: Streisand’s version detrimentally changed that to the Grammy and this changes the whole sense of glamour and stardom to the story…….

    PLEASE – Ms. Streisand – Please Do Make Remake of Great Movies!

    Stick with your singing!

  10. mfan0825
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    I don’t understand why the name was changed. What’s the point?

    "After all, a guy has to make a living some way, even if he’s a gangster."

    – Steve Cochran

  11. walkinweiner
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    John Norman is talking to Gary Busey in the studio and they are watching the member’s of John’s band play without him? John is telling Gary’s character about how he has met some new men, and how they have a different sound and how the new men are "hungry". I already have the soundtrack, and this song isn’t on there. Anybody know what the name of the song is, and what cd I can find it on, and the name of the artist is? I’d really appreciate it. I posted a question about this before, and someone responded with how great the soundtrack is-I already have it. If you don’t know, please don’t respond. Thanks.

  12. reedsbite
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    were signed on to play in Rainbow Road or whatever its working title was before Streisand and Peters took over. Oh my, I can’t even imagine Cher warbling out some god awful song and Neil Diamond as a rocker??? I like Neil Diamond, but he’s not sexy or rock and roll (not even in those days). For those of you who hate the Streisand/Kristofferson version, you could have been stuck with a 1976 Cher/Neil Diamond pairing. Now that, would have been a disaster. Anyway, Cher was not happy when she didn’t get the part. She said "what does Streisand know about rock and roll" I don’t know, but I sure don’t call any of what Cher’s ever done "rock and roll" either. Unless she thought she was a know it all at the time cause she was married to a heroin junkie in a rock and roll band.

  13. Waterfairy
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    Aside from John Norman Howard, what is your favorite K. K. role? I love the charactor Blacky Buck in The Songwriter, Rubber Duck in Convoy, Whistler in the Blade movies and The Ringo Kid in Stagecoach. Ok, I just love K. in whatever he is in.

  14. hcpuffer
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    OMG can films get any worse, the poshtlyi of fame and fortune and crappy music. I wish i had seen the original

  15. ricneo1986
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    A new remake is in the works with Paris Hilton to star, Brett Ratner to direct and Jon Peters to produce…once again.

  16. titch392000
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    Does anybody know if there are any plans to release this long awaited film on dvd in UK and If so when?

    Been a long time coming but U.S have finally got it, so im hoping that it might be released here too. Does anybody know how i mihgt be able to find out?

  17. Doctor_Mabuse
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    Does anybody really believe that Frank Pierson directed A Star Is Born? I have no evidence but my intuition is that Barbra Streisand was the true director, that this was kept under wraps to avoid the appearance of a vanity production and that Pierson, her screenwriter and assistant, was credited. Contemporary media reports focused heavily on Streisand being seen to direct on the set which was interpreted as the star interfering and overriding the director. It’s also my belief that Streisand was the film’s actual producer and that Jon Peters (her liason at the time) was credited for the same reason.

    Seven years later Streisand had earned the credibility to officially direct Yentl, but in 1976 her career would have suffered had A Star Is Born openly credited her as Star, Director, Producer, Co-Writer, Co-Composer and "Barbra Streisand’s clothes from … her closet". Of course Streisand would not be expected to claim credit now since her status as a director stems from her auspicious debut with Yentl.

    This kind of thing is not unheard of; for example, Tom Laughlin produced and directed The Trial of Billy Jack under pseudonyms and credited his children for the screenplay. Part of this was evidently for modesty (or reverse ego), part for (probably) legal reasons, and part just peculiarity.

    I have no agenda but this is a hunch I’ve had ever since the film was new. This is not to discount what was no doubt Pierson’s considerable contribution to the film, but I think we all know that A Star Is Born was Barbra Streisand’s personal creation to the zenith of her ability to make it so under the circumstances of the time.

    Doctor_Mabuse

  18. aportwentworthcitizen
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    ELVIS PRESLEY / BARBARA STREISAND!

    OR – How Colonel Tom Parker INDIRECTLY JUMP STARTED THE CAREER OF SYLVESTER STALLONE, CARL WEATHERS, MR T, AND DOLPH LUNDGREN

    Coz EVERYBODY KNOWS That Elvis wanted this role BADLY. His Singing career had hit rock Bottom . He hadnt made a movie in EIGHT YEARS. His 60s movies were CRAP. His 50s movies were Good. THIS was the JUMPSTART of a new career For Elivs as a MAJOR NAME in teh Hollywood Film Industry. But no. Colonel Tom Parker WOuld have none of it. PERHAPS KONWING IT WOULD HAVE RIVALED AND POSSIBLY ECLIPSED BEN HUR LONG BEFORE TITANIC 1997. SO we woudl up with ROcky 1976 as Picture of the Year. And this as a loyalist film. Elvis dies Aug 16 1977. And the rest is history

  19. shelton_k
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    I was wondering, does anybody think that John Norman’s manager took part in destroying his career? I know it is Johnny’s own fault he desroyed himself, but I think the manager is to blame too. I thought it was weird how he was scolding John Norman, telling him to get his act together so his career would be saved, but he was the one giving him booze and cocaine before each concert, messing poor Johnny up even more. Esther was the only one who was REALLY trying to save him and the only one who cared about him. Anyone agree?

    "Godamnit, the sun does NOT spit!" – Doris

  20. Anonymous
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  21. mcavendish
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    At the start of the movie, it was filmed in the tucson com. center.I was one of the extra’s in the opening concert scene where John norman howard is late. I was a soph. in h.s. We were there from 6am to mid. on a sat. they fed us lunch. We kept moving around to make the place apear full. there were only about 1000 of us. They dumped garbage on us and used a smoke machine to give it that concert look Barbara s. was there all day in a sort of dir. role. They did give us lunch. Chris K. Came late in the day to do the close ups for the concert part. He did sing a few other songs to keep a very bored crowd busy. They paid us after so no one would take off. I remember yelling "Go to hell!" for that part of the song. After 30 years I still look for myself in the crowd. I remember the big outdoor concert was fimed at asu. The hotel he was at when he syas take me back about 10 years was called the Ramamda inn at that time. "It has changed hands a few times, but the outside overhang is the same. I dont remember the name of the night club he first see’s Barbara at, it’s been closed for awhile, but Iused to go there. The marage scene is at the tucson city hall where II got my own marrage lic. All in all I had a pretty good time. I think i made about $80.oo bucks for 18 hrs. work.

  22. kevn-1
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    I just wish people would stop condemning Barbra Streisand. Here is a woman who has brought so much musical enjoyment to the world and has given away millions to help the disadvantaged. It breaks my heart and really makes me angry to see people cut her down every chance they get!

  23. amberwavesofme
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    Till she did Prince of Tides…And That’s only by TWO MILLION DOLLARS…So give it a REST ALEADY!!!

    The movie is ICONIC!

    The movie is ENTERTAINING!

    The Soundtrack like a GAZZILION DOLLARS

    And it captured the 70’s in moment in time…So much so that she was asked to pay tribute to her character in Meet the Fockers…Even down to the hair. So enough already the PUBLIC LOVED and if it’s ever on TV you KNOW YOUR GOING TO WATCH…The movie like her is an ICON!

  24. ijonesiii
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    It is well known that Barbra originally approached Elvis Presley to play John Norman. I was wondering if anyone thinks if Elvis had done the part, would it have affected the quality and success of the film, or would it still have been all about Barbra.

  25. shelton_k
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    I recently heard that it was hell trying to make the movie and there was alot of fighting. Does anyone know what went on with the cast and crew trying to make the movie?

  26. surfers_warp
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    I really love this movie so much. But one question, why name it A Star is Born? Ms. Striesand should have called the movie "Evergreen". I mean that song kept playing throughout the movie.

  27. jbjbcme
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    Since it was not on the DVD last November, how can you obtain the documentary of One More Look for A Star Is Born? They included the documentary for The Main Event, but not this? Does any one have a copy of One More Look documentary? Thanks Joseph at [email protected]

  28. mutedmonologue
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    I’ve never seen the movie, but I recently heard and fell in love with "Woman in the Moon." I’m planning on singing it for an upcoming performance, and I was wondering if anyone who has seen the film would give me an idea of what part of the story prompts this song. Thank you very much.

  29. MovieQuoteGal
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    Did anyone watch the dvd with Barbra Streisand’s commentary? I learned some pretty cool stuff like how almost all of the clothes were from her closet! And, that is how they are credited in the movie "Ms Streisand’s clothes….from her closet". Also, a lot of "real" people were used as opposed to actors. I recommend watching the commentary if you like the movie.

    Lorelai:The government will close that day.Barbra Streisand will give her final concert… again.

  30. MovieQuoteGal
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    I have never seen this movie but I know it is rated R and I would like to know why…..just curious.

    Lorelai:The government will close that day.Barbra Streisand will give her final concert… again.

  31. emmaexquisite
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    Does anyone know how I can get my hands on sheet music for this soundtract? I am specifically looking for the Finale: With One More Look at you/ Are You watching me now?

  32. walkinweiner
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    Hey everybody-I’ve read all your postings and I am wondering the same thing-WHEN the heck is this going to come out on DVD? Someone said they talked to Kris Kristoferson’s wife, and that she said it was up to Babs. Well, why would all these places be saying it was going to be released on DVD if she hasn’t made up her mind yet? Does anybody know the date that this will be out? Also, is it possible to burn a DVD from a VHS tape? I WANT THIS ON DVD-tape quality sucks, but I am getting desparate. Renee

  33. writenimage
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    hi,

    my mom is a big Barbra fan, an dais she saw soething on the view or rosie or some show about a special edition DVD of this film. I cheked amazon, and the only dvd seemed to be the regular one. does anyone know if there is a special edition somewhere? and if so, where might i find it?

    paperclips- the larval form of coathangers…

  34. TucsonFan
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    Does the honeymoon house still exist? I am trying to find pictures of it. thank you

  35. guaranteed van finance
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    Thank you for another magnificent post. Where else may anybody get that kind of info in such a perfect way of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I am on the look for such information.

  36. Rita tomassian
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    I luved this movie,,, luv Barbara, but,,,, i luv kris more, dont care what anyone says, he is sexy as hell in the movie, and did a great job… she was lucky to have such a sexy hot guy take the part like him, i would luv to meet him…….. he was cool in my day!!!!!!!!

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