My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

A Star Is Born (1976)


(out of 5)

This film is so annoying it will actually make you itch. The fourth version of the popular rags-to-riches story, followed by the surprisingly less terrible Glitter with Mariah Carey, stars and her poodle perm as an aspiring singer (and her poodle perm) who befriend an established rock star () and fall in love with him. He aids them in climbing up the ladder of popularity, watching them skyrocket to stardom, while they try to prevent him from falling into the pit of despair and substance abuse. Streisand’s energy is exciting as usual, and she’s backed up by some terrific songs (especially ‘Lost Inside Of You’ and her Oscar-winning ‘Evergreen’), but she and her male co-star have no chemistry and the leaden screenplay feels like it goes on forever. The Judy Garland version is still by far the best of them all.

Barwood Films, First Artists, Winters Hollywood Entertainment Holdings Corporation

USA, 1976

Directed by

Screenplay by , , Frank Pierson, based on a story by ,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1976

Golden Globe Awards 1976

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