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Barbara Streisand elevates this otherwise rote melodramatic musical with her ultra-memorable star turn as Fanny Brice. Read critic reviews

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In this bittersweet, classic musical drama, the vibrant and beautiful young Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand) starts out as a bit player on the New York City vaudeville stage, but works her way up to stardom on Broadway. Valued for her vocal and comedic talents by the renowned theater impresario Florenz Ziegfeld (Walter Pidgeon), Fanny thrives, but her relationship with her suave, imprisoned businessman husband, Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif), is another story.

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Omar Sharif
Nick Arnstein
Walter Pidgeon
Florenz Ziegfeld
Kay Medford
Rose Brice
Anne Francis
Georgia James
Lee Allen
Eddie Ryan
Gerald Mohr
Tom Branca
Isobel Lennart
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Ray Stark
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Walter Scharf
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Jule Styne
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Harry Stradling Sr.
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Robert Swink
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William Sands
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Gene Callahan
Production Designer
Robert Luthardt
Art Direction
William Kiernan
Set Decoration
Irene Sharaff
Costume Designer
Virginia Darcy
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Ben Lane
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Frank McCoy
Makeup Artist
Vivienne Walker
Hair Stylist
Paul Helmick
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Critic Reviews for Funny Girl

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (3)

  • It's hard to think of Funny Girl, in fact, apart from Barbra Streisand. She is the life force. Director William Wyler simply drapes the opulent show around her.

    January 23, 2018 | Full Review…
  • When she is singing--in a marvelous scene on roller skates--when she throws a line away, or shrugs, or looks funny or sad, she has a power, gentleness and intensity that rather knocks all the props and sets and camera angles on their ear.

    January 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Streisand is stunning, but the film is a trial, particularly when the music disappears somewhere around the 90-minute mark and all that's left is leaden melodrama.

    August 12, 2008 | Full Review…
  • This extended Streisand Special has done absolutely nothing to correct the flaws in the Broadway original.

    August 12, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Barbra Streisand in her Hollywood debut makes a marked impact.

    August 12, 2008 | Full Review…
  • You will have made your mind up about Babs one way or the other, but for the rare uninitiated, this is a fine introduction to her talents.

    December 30, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jul 01, 2015
    Epic freaking musical about a singing comedienne wedging her way into her big break. The beginning is a bit slow, and I tired of Fanny's repetitive self-deprecation about her lack of traditional beauty, but Barbra Streisand is sassy and ballsy, and my word, is Omar Sharif not the most dashing and earnest paramour? He says "I love you" so shyly yet tenderly! Nicky's love and admiration are so soaring, and that's what makes the main relationship conflict of Fanny outgrowing Nicky and the show-stopping number "My Man" all the more tragic in a mere mortals sort of way.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2015
    Despite a tight and coherent film score, good singing, and a pleasantly avuncular performance by Pidgeon, "Funny Girl" is a real snoozefest. The only thing you'll find funny about this film is that you can't get your ticket refunded after you fall asleep in the middle of it.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 17, 2014
    You know, the movie fails to tell any sort of coherent fictional or non-fictional story about Fanny Brice because why would anyone want to see a movie or a play about one of the great comedic talents of the 20th Century that wallows in mopy melodrama for most of its running time? However, the film is a undeniably fabulous showcase for Streisand's singular talent (she really is outstanding here) . . . which is why people are constantly returning to it. For that reason, I can't blame them.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2013
    Funny Girl was controversial in its time. A Muslim and a Jew..together...oh my. It's all a little plot I know but Sharif and Streisand work very well together and make this a delight.
    John B Super Reviewer

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