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Funny Lady (1975)

Funny Lady (1975)

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Barbra Streisand's 1975 follow-up to her star-making 1968 vehicle Funny Girl is a lot more worthwhile than most movie sequels. Funny Girl was a fanciful retelling of the first forty years or so in the life of fabled comedienne Fanny Brice (1891-1951); Funny Lady picks up where the first film leaves off, following Fanny into the 1940s. Far more sophisticated and imperious than she'd been in Funny Girl, Streisand's magnetic performance compensates for her character's decreased charm. Fanny's first husband, gambler Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif), makes a few token appearances, while the lion's share of the film's romantic angle is dominated by Fanny's second hubby, impresario Billy Rose (James Caan). The best sequence involves a disastrous out-of-town tryout for one of Fanny's stage vehicles, replete with collapsing sets and a runaway bull. Most of the songs included herein are old standards, with the notable exceptions of Kander and Ebb's "How Lucky Can You Get?" and "I Like Him/I Like Her". The film was produced by Ray Stark, the real life son-in-law of Fanny Brice.

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Cast

Barbra Streisand
as Fanny Brice
James Caan
as Billy Rose
Omar Sharif
as Nick Arnstein
Roddy McDowall
as Bobby Moore
Ben Vereen
as Bert Robbins
Carole Wells
as Norma Butler
Larry Gates
as Bernard Baruch
Heidi O'Rourke
as Eleanor Holm
Matt Emery
as Buck Bolton
Garrett Lewis
as Production Singer
Don Torres
as Man At Wedding
Raymond Guth
as Buffalo Handler
Cliff Norton
as Set Manager
Colleen Camp
as Billy's Girl
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Critic Reviews for Funny Lady

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Vibrant music, some infidelity in Funny Girl sequel.

Full Review… | January 18, 2012
Common Sense Media

Not so funny, or ladylike.

August 19, 2005
elitestv.com

Audience Reviews for Funny Lady

It's not a perfect sequel to Funny Girl and lacks the same spunk of it but it is a fine movie. Barbra Streisand is still great even if she doesn't feel like the same Fanny Brice. James Caan did a fine job as well and the little Omar Sharif had to do was fine as well. The musical numbers are far better than the overall story and in between scenes and make this movie worth watching especially the last half of the movie's numbers. The art direction, costumes, make up, hair, sound, and cinematography are all top notch here as well

Kyle Bailey
Kyle Bailey

A much deserved sequel to the first movie :) Barbara again amazes us with her amazing acting & singing skills :) This is another amazing marvel in film history :) James Caan is also incredibly exceptional in this movie as Fanny's love interest :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

A much deserved sequel to the first movie :) Barbara again amazes us with her amazing acting & singing skills :) This is another amazing marvel in film history :) James Caan is also incredibly exceptional in this movie as Fanny's love interest :)

Cassie Hill
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