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Funny Girl

USA, English, 151 mins

  • Director: William Wyler
  • Writer: Isobel Lennart
  • Producer: Ray Stark

CGiii Comment

It may not scream CGiii - but, it is one of the best musicals ever made - so, for that fact alone - it is hugely important.

Streisand is spectacular and Shariff is charismatic.

The production values cannot be faulted - sit back and enjoy, they don't make them like this anymore.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Early twentieth century New York. Fanny Brice knows that she is a talented comedienne and singer. She also knows that she is not the beauty typical of the stage performers of the day, she with skinny legs and a crooked nose among other physical issues. So she knows she has to use whatever other means to get her break in show business, that break so that she can at least display her talents. With the help of Eddie Ryan who would become her friend, Fanny is able to get a part in a novelty act in a vaudeville show, the renown from which eventually comes to the attention of famed impresario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.. Fanny does become one of the Ziegfeld Follies most popular acts, despite she almost getting fired after her first performance by defying Flo's artistic vision for her closing number. Beyond stage success, Fanny also wants a happy personal life, most specifically with the suave Nicky Arnstein, a gambler in every respect of the word.

Cast & Characters

Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice;
Omar Sharif as Nick Arnstein;
Kay Medford as Rose Brice;
Anne Francis as Georgia James;
Walter Pidgeon as Florenz Ziegfeld;
Lee Allen as Eddie Ryan;
Mae Questel as Mrs. Strakosh;
Gerald Mohr as Tom Branca;
Frank Faylen as Keeney;
Mittie Lawrence as Emma;
Gertrude Flynn as Mrs. O'Malley;
Penny Santon as Mrs. Meeker;
John Harmon as Company Manager;
Thordis Brandt as Ziegfeld Girl;
Bettina Brenna as Ziegfeld Girl

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