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  • Actors: Barbra Streisand, James Caan, Omar Sharif, Roddy McDowall, Ben Vereen
  • Directors: Herbert Ross
  • Writers: Arnold Schulman, Jay Presson Allen
  • Producers: Ray Stark
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Feb. 5 2002
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005UEQZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,836 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Barbra Streisand is back and she'll never forget!

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When Barbra Streisand played Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, she brought to life a sympathetic yet strong-headed performer of stage and radio. In the sequel, Funny Lady, Brice comes off as a harsher woman, slightly bitchy, without the tremendous charm she possessed in the first film. Herbert Ross takes over as director (William Wyler oversaw Funny Girl), and the film just seems to get away from him. This sequel picks up during the Great Depression, when even the great star Fanny Brice is suffering. Along comes Billy Rose (James Caan), a small-time hustler who's out to make it big in show biz. The two pair up, both professionally and romantically, although things are uncertain when her first husband, Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif), reappears on the scene. Much to the movie's detriment, Funny Lady concentrates more on Brice's professional life than on her personal life, as the first film does. The songs are elaborately staged numbers that Brice performs in the theaters, and while they are visually lush and spectacular, they lack conviction. Caan is solid in his role as the bumbling producer, but overall, the film is a disappointment. If you want more Barbra and Brice, rewatch Funny Girl. --Jenny Brown --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Don't ask me why I love this film but I do. Oddly enough only when it's in the true widescreen. Go figure. Hackneyed and trite but I love the music, the cast and the over-the-top production numbers. Fast service, too.
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Maybe it's because it was the first Barbra Streisand movie I ever saw and didn't have its predecessor to compare it to, but I don't think "Funny Lady" is as bad as many say. True, this movie was made around the time Streisand began to lose her sense of humor, and it shows in her performance. The story is also less developed than the one in "Funny Girl." Still, Streisand's star power and the spectacular musical numbers manage to hold this flawed sequel together. With a filmography that includes "A Star is Born" and "The Main Event," Streisand fans can certainly do worse than "Funny Lady."
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After reading so many negative reviews of this movie, I was surprised to find that I actually loved it. To refute:
She is bitchy because she has been bruised. Notice upon another rewatching of "Funny Girl" how Fanny slowly but surely learns to cover up her pain and anguish through her constant performativity. Whatever innocence was left in her is gone after Nick walked out the door. "Funny Lady" is a worthy sequel because, psychologically, it starts where the last movie leaves off. Fanny must learn to love again. The reason you don't see "sweet Barbra" until the train sequence is because the movie is ABOUT the re-emergence of the sincere woman.
Pay attention to the kinds of lines the writers of both "Funny Girl" and "Funny Lady" give to Fanny Brice. This is the same woman. Only older. Wiser. More bruised. And to those of you who call the movie "cliché," I wonder if you missed the ending.
Is the movie overproduced? Yes. Is it poorly written? No. I would argue that this movie very nearly merits its original in quality, but because it very sincerely tackles the problems of maturity, the problem of Life After Love, its themes may be too complex for those looking only for another tragic love story.
As someone who knows the power of First Love, I found this movie honest and moving, worthy in nearly every way to its prequel, and though there's not enough room in this space to defend it fully, I count myself among those prepared to do so.
The DVD gets four stars because there are no special features.
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Beautiful movie stars always have the extra burden of proving their talent as actresses. Barbra Streisand's self assured performance in Funny Lady excells for the simple reason that Barbra didn't hide behind a self imposed veil of "dramatic non-glamour" so often resorted to by actress looking for a new appraoch ("Oh look! She's wearing slippers - and no make-up! She must be acting!") but rather embraced the physical beauty and glamour of her character and her self and still turns in a whoppingly great performance. I have alwasy regretted that this movie is somehow shunned (did any of you see it at the AFI tribute?) because it truly is one of the greatest film performances ever delivered by an actress. One reviewer said in 1975 (and I paraphrase) "Fanny warns Billy Rose that his entire production is swamped and in many ways the same can be said for Funny Lady the movie..." The review then went on to say that Barbra finds her dramactic calm in all that's going on around her and with a simple telephone conversation she can convey to the audience all the hurt, anguish, pain and love that goes into making a relationship work. (The reviewer awarded the film 4 out of 4 stars based mostly on Barbra's performance). I was eight years old when "Funny Girl" was released so I did not have the love affair with Fanny Brice that America had. I knew of Barbra Streisand in the same manner as I knew of Carol Burnett - somebody who was famous but I never got to stay up late enough to see their stuff.Read more ›
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Barbra Streisand reprises her masterful portrayal of Fanny Brice in this belated sequel to FUNNY GIRL, FUNNY LADY.
Although this by no means is as good as the original (and what could?), on it's own terms it's not half-bad as a wonderful musical.
The story picks up in the middle of the Depression. Ziegfeld has lost all his money and the "Follies" are washed-up. Fanny finds herself broke and unemployed, until brash showman Billy Rose (James Caan) helps her and puts her back on top. But not before staging the disastrous musical "Crazy Quilt", a horrible hotch-potch of numbers with waaaay too much scenery and too little substance. Fanny helps him to trim the show, and soon it is the toast of Broadway.
Barbra is luminous, singing some great Kander-Ebb songs like "How Lucky Can You Get?", the ballad "Isn't It Better?", and the show-stopping "Let's Hear It For Me", which is reminiscent of "Don't Rain On My Parade".
It truly is fantastic as a follow-on from FUNNY GIRL, and features Omar Sharif (reprising his Nick Arnstein), Roddy McDowall and Ben Vereen.
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