A Star Is Born (1976 film)

A Star Is Born (1976 film)

name = A Star Is Born

caption = | amg_id = 1:46639
imdb_id = 0075265
director = Frank Pierson
writer = William A. Wellman
Robert Carson
John Gregory Dunne
Joan Didion
Frank Pierson
starring = Barbra Streisand
Kris Kristofferson
Gary Busey
producer = Jon Peters
Barbra Streisand
music = Kenny Ascher
Rupert Holmes
Roger Kellaway
Kenny Loggins
Leon Russell
Paul Williams
Barbra Streisand
cinematography = Robert Surtees
distributor = Warner Bros. Pictures
released = December 17, 1976 (U.S. release)
runtime = 140 min.
language = English

"A Star Is Born" is a 1976 rock music film telling the story of a young woman, played by Barbra Streisand who enters show business, and meets and falls in love with an established male star, played by Kris Kristofferson, only to find her career ascending while his goes into decline. It is a remake of two earlier versions – the 1937 version was a drama starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, and the 1954 version was a musical film starring Judy Garland and James Mason.

Main cast

*Barbra Streisand ... Esther Hoffman
*Kris Kristofferson ... John Norman Howard
*Gary Busey ... Bobbie Ritchie
*Oliver Clark ... Gary Danziger
*Venetta Fields ... One of the Oreos
*Clydie King ... One of the Oreos
*Marta Heflin ... Quentin
*Bill Graham ... Himself
*Rita Coolidge ... Herself
*Tony Orlando ... Himself


Directed by Frank Pierson, the film updates the original story and screenplay of William A. Wellman and Robert Carson with additional contributions by Pierson, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion. It also features Gary Busey and Sally Kirkland. Venetta Fields and Clydie King perform as Streisand's backing vocalists "The Oreos". Kristofferson's wife Rita Coolidge and Tony Orlando appear briefly as themselves.

The earlier films had portrayed the behind-the-scenes world of Hollywood film making; however, this version adapted the story to the music business. For example, the 1937 and 1954 films each portrayed the lead female character winning an Academy Award, while the 1976 version depicted the heroine winning a Grammy Award instead.

"A Star Is Born" was co-produced by Streisand and her then-partner Jon Peters for Barwood Films and Warner Brothers. Among the actors considered for the male lead were Neil Diamond and Marlon Brando. Both Streisand and Peters wanted Elvis Presley for the role: they met with Elvis and discussed the film, and he was interested in taking on the part, thinking it would revive his stagnant career. Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker, insisted that Elvis have top billing and asked for a substantial sum of money for the role, even though he hadn't been in a film since 1969 and people were unaware of what kind of box office draw he would be, which essentially ended Elvis's involvement with the project. Parker did not want Elvis to play in the movie because he would not have the lead role.

The film cost around six million dollars to produce, and was a Box Office Smash Hit. Its soundtrack album was also an international success reaching number 1 in many countries and selling nearly 15 million copies worldwide. It featured the ballad "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)", which became one of the biggest hits of Streisand's career, spending three weeks at number one in the United States, and peaking at number three in the United Kingdom. The filming locations for the film included many locations in Arizona such as downtown Tucson, "Tucson Community Center", Sonoita and Tempe. [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075265/locations]

A costume note was that Streisand's character's (Esther Hoffman Howard) clothing used in the movie was straight out of Streisand's own closet.

Worldwide Box Office/Rentals

Worldwide Gross $123,000,000USA Rentals $38,000,000

"'Total Gross $161,000,000With Inflations $545,000,000"'


The film won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Evergreen" with the award shared by its songwriters, Streisand and Paul Williams, and was also nominated in the categories of Best Cinematography (Robert Surtees), Best Sound (Robert Knudson, Dan Wallin, Robert Glass and Tom Overton) and Original Music Score (Roger Kellaway). It won five Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Streisand), Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Kristofferson), Best Original Score (Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher) and Best Original Song, (Streisand and Williams for "Evergreen").

In the two previous versions, Gaynor and Garland were each depicted on screen as winning an Oscar, yet neither won for their film in real life (though both had won an Oscar before, as did Streisand). In this film, Streisand is instead depicted as winning a Grammy; yet ironically, in real life the film's song "Evergreen" won her both a Grammy (for Song of the Year) and an Oscar.

According to at least one Streisand biography, unhappy with a few of Frank Pierson's scenes, Streisand later directed them herself (a claim also made for 1979's "The Main Event"), adding to the rumors that she and Pierson clashed constantly during production.

DVD Release

In 2006 the Region 1 DVD was released in North America in 5.1 dolby sound with extras which include, a full length commentary by Barbra Streisand, 16 Minutes of Never Before Seen/Additional footage and original wardrobe test.


The soundtrack to the movie, performed by Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, was successful, reaching the number-one spot on the Billboard 200 chart. The import version of the CD adds the Spanish version of" Evergreen" as a bonus track.

The track listing of the album is as follows: [ [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:wifexqygld0e All Music Guide review of the album] ]
#"Watch Closely Now" - 3:49
#"Queen Bee" - 3:55
#"Everything" - 3:50
#"Lost Inside of You" - 2:54
#"Hellacious Acres" - 2:58
#"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" - 3:04
#"The Woman in the Moon" - 4:49
#"I Believe in Love" - 3:13
#"Crippled Crow" - 3:30
#"Finale: With One More Look at You/Watch Closely Now" - 7:43
#"Reprise: Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" - 1:46
#"Evergreen (Love theme from A Star Is Born)"- (Spanish version)- 3:05-(Import version only)


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