Star!

Star!

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Director: Robert Wise, Julie Andrews, Richard Crenna, Mikey Craig

Cast: Robert Wise, Julie Andrews, Richard Crenna, Mikey Craig

     
 

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Touted by 20th Century-Fox as a follow-up to their enormously successful The Sound of Music, Star! reteams that earlier film's leading lady Julie Andrews and director Robert Wise. Andrews plays legendary musical comedy star Gertrude Lawrence, while Daniel Massey appears as Lawrence's friend, co-worker and severest critic Noel Coward (Massey's real-life

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Touted by 20th Century-Fox as a follow-up to their enormously successful The Sound of Music, Star! reteams that earlier film's leading lady Julie Andrews and director Robert Wise. Andrews plays legendary musical comedy star Gertrude Lawrence, while Daniel Massey appears as Lawrence's friend, co-worker and severest critic Noel Coward (Massey's real-life godfather). The film jumps back and forth in continuity at times, its transitions bridged by fabricated newsreel footage; essentially, however, William Fairchild's script traces Lawrence's progress from ambitious bit actress to the toast of London and Broadway. Her success is offset by a stormy private life, which is given some ballast when she falls in love with an American financier (Richard Crenna). The film is way too long for its own good, though the musical set pieces -- especially the Andrews-Massey duets -- are superb. Julie Andrews welcomed the chance of playing a character as far removed from her goody-two-shoes heroine in Sound of Music as possible; Gertrude Lawrence was temperamental, sarcastic, profane and at times self-destructive, and Andrews makes a meal of the role. Unfortunately, Andrews' fans, conditioned by the Fox publicity machine to expect a continuation of Sound of Music, rejected her outright in this "new" characterization. Star! was a huge box-office bomb, so much so that Fox desperately attempted a shortened re-release under a misleading new title, Those Were The Happy Times. They weren't: it remained a financial disaster, though it has developed a loyal cult following in recent years.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2016
UPC:
9344256013577
Original Release:
1968
Source:
Imports

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julie Andrews Gertrude Lawrence
Richard Crenna Richard Aldrich
Mikey Craig Sir Anthony Spencer
Daniel Massey Noel Coward
Robert Reed Charles Fraser
Bruce Forsyth Arthur Lawrence
Beryl Reid Rose
John Collin Jack Roper
Alan Oppenheimer Andre Charlot
Richard Karlan David Holtzman
Lynley Laurence Billie Carleton
Garrett Lewis Jack Buchanan
Jenny Agutter Pamela
Anthony Eisley Ben Mitchell
Jock Livingston Alexander Woollcott
J. Pat O'Malley Dan
Lester Matthews Lord Chamberlain
Bernard Fox Assistant To Lord Chamberlain
Murray Matheson Bankruptcy Judge
Robin Hughes Hyde Park Speaker
Barbara Sandland Mavis
Ellen Plasschaert Moo
Ann Hubbell Beryl
Conrad Bain Salesman at Cartier's
Matilda Calnan Dorothy
Peter Church Newsreel Narrator
Don Crichton Gertrude's "Limehouse Blues" Dance Partner
Anna Lee Hostess
Dinah Anne Rogers Molly
Elizabeth St. Clair Jeannie Banks
Jeanette Landis Eph
Harvey Jason Bert
Damian London Jerry Paul
Richard Angarola Cesare
Roy Scheider No credit

Technical Credits
Robert Wise Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Howard Bristol Set Decoration/Design
Donald Brooks Costumes/Costume Designer
Willard Buell Makeup
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Ridgeway Callow Asst. Director
Saul Chaplin Songwriter,Producer
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
Buddy G. DeSylva Songwriter
William Fairchild Screenwriter
Bernard Freericks Sound/Sound Designer
Douglas Furber Songwriter
Lennie Hayton Score Composer,Musical Arrangement
Michael Kidd Choreography
Emil Kosa Special Effects
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
Boris Leven Production Designer
William H. Reynolds Editor
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Bruce Siever Songwriter
Murray Spivack Sound/Sound Designer
Jay Thompson Songwriter
William Turner Makeup
James VanHeusen Songwriter

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Star! 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was not overly popular when first released, but having watched it for the first time since then I am amazed at the fantastic staged musical numbers. Like the movie or not, you will love the musical numbers. They make this a masterpiece and Julie Andrews is truely a Star!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The production numbers are what make this movie. They are first rate. The plot and storyline is mediocre and the movie is way too long -- almost 3 hours!!! But Julie Andrews is magnificent and the numerous numbers are memorable and well done. Watch it in two parts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Julie Andrews. I am a HUGE fan. However, I had a really hard time liking this movie. It did not have a good story line at all. It was boring and could probably put one to sleep. I would not recommend this movie.