A Star is Born (1976)

Genre:  Drama, Musical, Romance
Running Time:  139 min.
Release Date: December 17, 1976
DVD: November 28, 2006

Current rating: Rating: 1.00
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Cast: Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey, Sally Kirkland


Norman Howard (Kris Kristofferson) is a rock star whose career has peaked; he is numbed by booze and cocaine, his music has lost its edge, and his performances have become painfully haphazard. One night, after a concert, he stumbles into a club where he sees a singing group fronted by Esther Hoffman (Barbra Streisand). John likes what he hears and loves what he sees; he tries picking her up, but soon realizes if he wants to see her, he'll have to ask her out on an actual date. He does, and before long the two become involved, although Esther has trouble with John's rock star lifestyle.

One night, a typically burned-out John lets Esther sing a few songs at one of his shows; before long she's the talk of the record business. While Esther's star begins to rise, John's continues to sink, and while she desperately tries get John to clean up and focus on his music, it may be too late to save him.

Director: Frank Pierson
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Producer(s): Jon Peters
Screenplay: William A. Wellman, Robert Carson

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  • 1 star "Weird science fiction about an ugly alien creature with a terrible hairdo and gigantic nose who comes to Earth and becomes a famous singer."
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