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Funny Lady (1975)

Story of singer Fanny Brice's stormy relationship with showman Billy Rose.

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writers:

Jay Presson Allen (screenplay), Arnold Schulman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbra Streisand ... Fanny Brice
James Caan ... Billy Rose
Omar Sharif ... Nicky Arnstein / Nick Arnstein
Roddy McDowall ... Bobby
Ben Vereen ... Bert Robbins
Carole Wells ... Norma Butler
Larry Gates ... Bernard Baruch
Eugene Troobnick Eugene Troobnick ... Ned (as Gene Troobnick)
Heidi O'Rourke Heidi O'Rourke ... Eleanor Holm
Royce Wallace Royce Wallace ... Adele
Lilyan Chauvin ... Mademoiselle
Samantha C. Kirkeby ... Fran (as Samantha Huffaker)
Matt Emery Matt Emery ... Buck Bolton
Joshua Shelley Joshua Shelley ... Painter
Cliff Norton Cliff Norton ... Stage Manager
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Storyline

The continuing story of Fanny Brice following that depicted in Funny Girl (1968) is presented. An established star on Broadway as a headliner for the Ziegfeld Follies, Fanny and the rest of the world are hitting difficult times entering into the 1930s. Her marriage to Nicky Arnstein, who she still loves is ending in divorce, and even Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. is having trouble coming up with money to continue to produce the Follies. Along comes brash nightclub owner, song lyricist and wannabe impresario Billy Rose, who says he can raise the money and has the material to produce his own revue, which he wants to star Fanny. Fanny is both attracted to and repelled by Billy because of his chutzpah, his stubbornness and knowing that underneath his outer veneer is the soul of a true hustler... much like she was when she was first starting out and much like she still is now. Through their professional trials and tribulations, they slowly start to fall for each other. But Fanny admits that Nicky ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Streisand & Caan - How Lucky Can You Get!


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Naljakas daam See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$39,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,000,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A scene near the end of the movie features a grand piano with several framed portraits on top. The one featuring Roddy McDowall is a publicity portrait from The Poseidon Adventure (1972) See more »

Goofs

Fanny's black tennis shoes - worn for comic effect in the 1937 Aquacade number - aren't period-correct: it wasn't until 1949 that Converse decided to make the toe guard, laces and outer wraps on black "Chuck Taylors" a contrasting white. See more »

Quotes

Fanny Brice: [at her first meeting Billy Rose] If we hate the same people and you get your suit cleaned, it's a match.
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Connections

Referenced in Vsechnopárty: Episode dated 17 June 2016 (2016) See more »

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Blind Date
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Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Performed by Barbra Streisand
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One of Streisand's best...
10 February 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

"Funny Lady", a continuation of the life of singer-comedienne Fanny Brice begun in 1968 with "Funny Girl", is a smashing good time: a musical-comedy with exuberance, raucous wit, sentiment and bittersweet romance. Barbra Streisand is back as Fanny, involved romantically with sparring-partner/producer Billy Rose (James Caan), but still carrying a torch for ex-husband Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif returning, this time with a sinister sheen). At one point, realizing Arnstein has no heart to give her, Fanny walks down a hotel corridor singing, "I'll be damned, I have been damned, but I won't be damned anymore!" This is a great moment for "Funny Girl" fans, to see Fanny come full circle in her feelings for this man whom she held up on a pedestal. James Caan peddles his scenes a little softly--almost sheepishly--and once the two leads get married, the narrative becomes squashed and the heartbreak feels forced. The screenplay is factually inaccurate (to put it mildly), but Streisand is in high-gear nearly throughout; meddlesome, bitchy, soft and sexy, a smart-ass, she's the reason people went to see "Funny Lady" in 1975 and she's still a great reason to go the movies. ***1/2 from ****


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