Funny Girl

Funny Girl

4.5 13
Director: William Wyler

Cast: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford

     
 

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"Hello, gorgeous!" was Barbra Streisand's first comment to the Oscar statuette which she won for her performance in this biopic of entertainer Fanny Brice. This is also her first line in the film itself, the catalyst for a movie-long flashback. Repeating her Broadway role, Streisand stars as legendary comedienne Brice (1891-1951), whose life until the mid-1920s is…  See more details below

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"Hello, gorgeous!" was Barbra Streisand's first comment to the Oscar statuette which she won for her performance in this biopic of entertainer Fanny Brice. This is also her first line in the film itself, the catalyst for a movie-long flashback. Repeating her Broadway role, Streisand stars as legendary comedienne Brice (1891-1951), whose life until the mid-1920s is romanticized herein. A gawky New Yawker, Brice fast-talks her way into show business, certain that she's destined to be "The Greatest Star." Hired as a "dramatic" singer by impresario Flo Ziegfeld (Walter Pidgeon), Brice defies orders to play it straight, turning a "Beautiful Bride" tableau into a laugh riot by dressing herself up as an extremely pregnant newlywed. The stratagem turns Brice into an overnight star and the toast of Broadway. But all is not roses for Brice, especially in her turbulent private life as the wife of big-time gambler Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif). Nicky at first finds it amusing to be referred to as "Mr. Brice", but he begins to resent his wife's fame and fortune and starts taking foolish risks with other people's money. The film was nominated for 8 Oscars, including Best Picture and Kay Medford for her portrayal of Brice's mother, Rose. Funny Girl was produced by Ray Stark, Brice's real-life son-in-law, who had enough material left over for a sequel, 1975's Funny Lady.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Funny Girl succeeds thanks to Barbra Streisand's bravura performance, recapturing her star-making success on the Broadway stage. Though he wasn't known for directing comedies or musicals, director William Wyler ably helms the biographical tale of comedienne Fanny Brice; the storyline is as compelling as the musical numbers. Reportedly, Wyler and Streisand clashed frequently during the film's production, though the conflict doesn't show in the final product. Oscar-nominated Kay Medford is excellently cast as Fanny's mother Rose; there's even an on-screen appearance of the often-heard but seldom-seen Mae Questel, the voice of Betty Boop, among others. Though not the most comprehensive biography, Funny Girl is an entertaining musical, showcasing Streisand's unique talent and undeniable star power. The actress would score an unconventional Best Actress win for her work, tying with Katherine Hepburn for The Lion In Winter. Streisand and Medford became the 34th and 35th performers nominated for Oscars for work in a film directed by Wyler, a record which still stands.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2001
UPC:
0043396601918
Original Release:
1968
Rating:
G
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbra Streisand Fanny Brice
Omar Sharif Nick Arnstein
Kay Medford Rose Brice
Anne Francis Georgia James
Walter Pidgeon Florenz Ziegfeld
Lee Allen Eddie Ryan
Mae Questel Mrs. Strakosh
Gerald Mohr Branca
Frank Faylen Keeney
Mittie Lawrence Emma
Gertrude Flynn Mrs. O'Malley
Penny Santon Mrs. Meeker
John Harmon Company Manager
Thordis Brandt Actor
Karen Lee Actor
Mary Jane Mangler Actor
Inge Neilsen Actor
Raymond Guth Buffalo wrangler
Tommy Rall Actor

Technical Credits
William Wyler Director,Producer
Gene Callahan Production Designer
Grant Clarke Score Composer
Ray Gosnell Asst. Director
John D. Jefferies Set Decoration/Design
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Isobel Lennart Screenwriter
Robert Luthardt Art Director
Bob Merrill Score Composer,Screenwriter
Channing Pollock Score Composer
Jack Roe Asst. Director
Herbert Ross Choreography,Musical Direction/Supervision
William Sands Editor
Walter Scharf Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Ray Stark Producer
Jule Styne Score Composer,Screenwriter
Robert Swink Editor
Connie Wexler Costumes/Costume Designer
Maury Winetrobe Editor

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Funny Girl 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just sit back and enjoy
KendraG More than 1 year ago
I wanted to see another William Wyler movie after having seen one. He did wonderful work. FUNNY GIRL is a charming movie. Barbara Streisand is a stand out. I could see why she was propelled to stardom. She and Omar Sharif have great chemistry in this. Fun to watch.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A GREAT 5 STAR MOVIE WITH BARBARA OF COURSE IS ALWAYS GOOD ..GREAT...FANTASTIC... SHE IS NO ONE ACTRESS..SINGER...DIRECTOR AND EVERYTHING ELSE I HAVE THIS MOVIE ...AND I KNOW ALL THE WORDS TO ALL THE SONGS...AND THE WORDS TO THE SCRIPT OF COURSE...I AM A BIG FAN
Guest More than 1 year ago
Barbra Streisand re-creates her unforgettable stage performance as Fanny Brice in veteran director William Wyler's bland movie version of the Broadway hit FUNNY GIRL. In fact Streisand's performance is the main virtue here. Although the movie is big and colorful in the manner of classic Hollywood musicals, Isobel Lennart's screenplay glosses over the true facts of comedienne Brice's life and career in favor of "Big" moments that showcase Streisand's extraordinary singing voice. Even the major supporting actors (Omar Sharif, Kay Medford and Anne Francis) defer to the Star. However, the movie is recommended for Streisand's charisma, some excellent Jules Styne/ Bob Merrill songs (plus some great old standards) and the Panavision/Technicolor production values. William Wyler doesn't manage to put a strong personal stamp on this picture (it was his first and only stab at a musical) but FUNNY GIRL is big and lavish enough to keep one entertained for its two and a half hour-plus running time.
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