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A Star Is Born Academy Award Winner! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! 

By Marshall Fine

This film actually began with the idea of remaking A Star Is Born with the then-hot couple James Taylor and Carly Simon. Eventually, it evolved into this vanity production for Barbra Streisand, with Kris Kristofferson as the designated stud muffin. The story remains the same: A superstar on the decline meets a young singer on the way up. They marry as their career trajectories intersect, and his eventual demise is meant as a sacrifice to further boost her career by ridding her of the burden of him. Kristofferson's rock & roll numbers are decidedly lousy--Hollywood's idea of rock music--and Streisand looks good and always sounds fine (she won an Oscar for cowriting the song "Evergreen"). But you can feel her heavy hand guiding every shot; she seems to serve as puppet master for director Frank Pierson, framing every image of herself for maximum glow. The ultimate date flick (if the guy can sit still through it).

Academy Awards

A Star Is Born received an Academy Award for Music Best Song (Barbra Streisand - Music, Paul Williams - Lyrics). A Star Is Born also received Academy Awards nominations for Cinematography (Robert L. Surtees), Music Scoring Awards (Best Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score) (Roger Kellaway) and Sound (Robert Knudson, Dan Wallin, Robert Glass, Tom Overton).

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Director: Frank Pierson

Stars: Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey, Oliver Clark, Paul Mazursky, Marta Heflin, M.G. Kelly, Sally Kirkland, Robert Englund

Released: June 21, 1977

Availability: VHS CD


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