A Star Is Born

Synopsis: Talented rock star John Norman Howard has seen his career begin to decline. Too many years of concerts and managers and life on the road have made him cynical and the monotony has taken its toll. Then he meets the innocent, pure and very talented singer Esther Hoffman. As one of his songs in the movie says "I'm gonna take you girl, I'm gonna show you how." And he does. He shows Esther the way to stardom while forsaking his own career. As they fall in love, her success only makes his decline even more apparent.
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Director(s): Frank Pierson
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
139 min

Is this thing working?

Are we getting anything?

I can't tell if it's on or not.

It's on now. Thanks.

Folks, you want to listen

for a minute, please?

Please, sit down. We don't want

to keep repeating these things...

but there are two or three of you a**holes

out there who don't want to listen.

We're asking you to take your seats.

We cannot begin the show

until everyone is seated.

Thanks for your cooperation,

we're sorry about the delay.

Rockwell, any sign of him?

God damn it,

it's been two-and-a-half hours.

Where the f*** is he?

Sounds like the gunfire

at the O.K. Corral out here.

I don't know what's going on.

We may have to get the equipment off.

If he's not here in 15,

I'm putting the group on anyway.

Hold it.

Nanook of the North, let's go buddy.

Let's go, we got a show to do.

Get out of the car. Watch your hands.

- Come on, let's go.

- John Norman, it's me.

You been out shopping, or what?

Let's go, let's clear the stage hall

out of here.

You people don't have backstage passes,

we're gonna find your asses out!

All of you, get the hell out of here!

Let's go, security.

Where's my security?

You were hired to keep

these people out of this damn hall.

If you don't have backstage passes,

you get your asses out.

Keep it going for four and a half,

then turn the amps on.

Very good, Rockwell.

Little treat here for you, slick.

This will get you set.

I'll be up here.

Are you okay?

Okay, folks, I thank you for your patience.

Would you welcome please,

the John Norman Howard Speedway!

Are you a figment of my imagination...

or am I one of yours?

You guys aren't using

the new math on me?

Old logic. Half the people walk out,

the other half are comps.

Where was the promotion?

I didn't see any ads.

- Anybody see the ads?

- I don't see the big attraction.

How's it going?

- "Don't be frightened, baby, come on in."

- I can't hear you.

"Don't be frightened, baby, come on in."

- Is that all there is to it?

- That's all there is to it.

That ain't so goddamn much.

I'm sorry, this booze'll blow your brain.

- The refrain, friend!

- What's coming down?

I have temporary amnesia.

No, listen, we did that song 3,726 times.

- We've been waiting five f***ing hours!

- Come on!

Yeah, let's go!

- If you feel that way about it...

- Hey, turkey!

...go to hell!

Know what? Go with Nicky.

No, I know them all.

Honey, you get in this car.

We'll sort out who's with who later.

Yeah, go on in, don't worry about it.

- No, baby.

- Security!

Come here. Get these guys.

Come on, John, don't you remember me?

I know an intern who can get you

some adrenalin.

I mean, pure adrenalin.

- He rips it off from emergency hospitals.

- Move it.

- 'Cause we need room for the truckers.

- How can I screw up a fella's bass?

- Got to go out for the rain date.

- Tonight was sh*t.

And it's gonna be sh*t tomorrow night...

if you don't go home

and get some shuteye.

Everybody out.

Sweetheart, let me help you out.

If you don't have a key,

see me at the desk.

- I can do you, too.

- I got all the adrenalin I need.

- Let's go, Mo.

- Sweetheart, excuse me.

Let's go up to the room,

roll one, get a good sleep...

get a sound check, and make good music.

- What do you say?

- Not tonight, I can't sleep, man.

- Bobby, let's go boogie.

- Boogie?

Where you going to boogie to?

We've got a gig tomorrow. It's important.

You don't seem to understand, jack.

We had to book four groups in here

to get enough people to fill this place up.

Brian gave his word personally

that you'd show up straight enough...

to remember the words of the damn song,

and there's 50,000 people coming...

to see if you've still got

something to show.

Are you ready?

You horse's ass, it took a court order

to get you back on stage.

Don't you understand that?

After Detroit, your ass is on the line.

- I'm not shitting you.

- The hell with it.

- Come on, Mo, let's go.

- Goddamn.


- I don't want you to blow this deal.

- Floor it.

Where to?

Back about 10 years.

Yeah, but, what about tonight?

Will you welcome, please, the Oreos.

- Sorry.

- What a thrill.

I want to shake your hand, man.

I mean, I love the way you do it.

- Where you playing? You playing in town?

- No.

- Where you playing now?

- Stop.

Hey, man,

I wouldn't do anything to bug you.

Can I buy you a beer?

This table's reserved.

We got a nice table for you,

Mr. John Norman.

Wine, beer, or herbal tea?

- What?

- Wine, beer, or herbal tea.

- Those are the options?

- Right.

We don't have a license.

So what are you planning

to do with that bottle?

I was planning to open it.

You can't do that, we don't have a license.

Wine, beer, or herbal tea.

Do you make herbal iced tea?

- Bring me some herbal iced tea.

- Okay.

- Without the herbal tea.

- Why don't you give me the bottle...

It's stupid.

We don't have a license.

Well, you don't tell, and I won't tell.

- Don't you think you've had enough?

- Of what?

I could lose my job this way.

Well, we don't want that to happen,

do we?

Just turn your back.

What you don't know won't hurt you.

Why don't I hold that bottle till you leave?

What are you going to do with my bottle?

Right on.

You're blowing my act.


I'm sorry, really I am.

You don't mind, John, just one?

Okay, smile.


Thanks, pal.

John Norman, how you doing?

Shut it, man.

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John Gregory Dunne

John Gregory Dunne (May 25, 1932 – December 30, 2003) was an American novelist, screenwriter and literary critic. more…

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