• A Star Is Born (1976)

A Star Is Born

Release Date: 1976

DVD Release Date: November 28th, 2006

R |2 hr 20 min

Plot Summary

A rock star on the decline, John Norman Howard (Kris Kristofferson) has given in to drugs and excessive drinking, and his music has suffered as a result. Wandering into a club one night, John watches singer Esther Hoffman (Barbra Streisand) perform and is smitten. The two begin dating, and soon John lets Esther take the spotlight during his concerts. However, even as Esther finds fame and success with her singing, John continues his downward spiral.

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

Director: Frank Pierson

Genres: Music , Drama , Romance

Production Co: Warner Brothers/Seven Arts

Keywords: Fall, Passionate, 1970s, Love, Melodramatic, Rise, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    I enjoyed a lot of A Star Is Born. I thought Miss Streisand was distractingly miscast in the role, and yet I forgave her everything when she sang. show more

  • 75
    Chris CabinSlant Magazine

    The film is equal parts I Will Survive and pop martyrdom, instigated by a star so enormous that she could likely bankroll the Department of Defense for the year of 1976 and still have money left over. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The movie falls short of greatness, but it compares more than favorably not only with the usual concert film (good as a few of them are) but also with the current love stories on film. show more

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Winner Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Sound
Winner Music (Original Song)
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Nominated Soundtrack
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1978)
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Music (Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score)
Winner Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Winner Best Original Score - Motion Picture