Funny Girl

Funny Girl

William Wyler (1968)

148min
U Certificate
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Review

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In his excellent autobiography, Charlton Heston recalls asking director William Wyler if he had any problems with Barbra Streisand on Funny Girl. "Nah, not really," said Wyler, "considering it's the first film she ever directed." This was a spectacular switch from stage to screen for Streisand, replicating her Broadway triumph as legendary entertainer Fanny Brice. Streisand's bravura performance earned her a joint Oscar for best actress (she shared the honour with Katharine Hepburn) and the film was nominated for a further seven, including best score and best song. And marvellous musical comedy it is, too, tracing Brice's rise from vaudeville to the Ziegfeld Follies by way of a troubled marriage to gambler Nick Arnstein (the ultra-smooth Omar Sharif). It was the great Wyler's penultimate picture and his first attempt at a musical. Its success led to a sequel, Funny Lady, seven years later.

Summary

Musical biopic of 1920s singer and comedienne Fanny Brice, who rose from poor beginnings in New York's slums to become an overnight star and the toast of Broadway. Her success, however, came at the price of a turbulent private life and an unhappy marriage to a gambler, who grew increasingly jealous of her fame. Starring an Oscar-winning Barbra Streisand, with Omar Sharif, Kay Medford and Walter Pidgeon.

Cast & Crew

Fanny Brice Barbra Streisand
Nick Arnstein Omar Sharif
Rose Brice Kay Medford
Georgia James Anne Francis
Florenz Ziegfeld Walter Pidgeon
Eddie Ryan Lee Allen
Mrs Strakosh Mae Questel
Branca Gerald Mohr
Keeney Frank Faylen
Emma Mittie Lawrence
Mrs O'Malley Gertrude Flynn
Mrs Meeker Penny Santon
Company manager John Harmon
Director William Wyler
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 15 Feb 2002
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