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For those who saw it at the theater...

... do you recall your reaction—and the audience's reaction in general—to Streisand's final number?

It's one of my favorite tracks of hers and never fails to give me goosebumps.


Watching her sing that song now on one of the HBO channels. I certainly agree about the goosebumbs as I have them as I write this.

This movie was a part of my teen years that I can still remember SO many years later. It came out in December of my 9th grade year and I went to see it with my new girlfriend Judy. She was so different from other girlfriends I had had up to that time. Not nearly as traditionally pretty as others but sassy and smart. I recall that I was her first serious boyfriend. I remember holding her hand during the movie and putting my arm around her, scary things for a newly minted 15 year old.

I remember the music so much, the rock tunes with Kris K. who has always been such an amazing talent from so many perspectives. And Barbra. In my household her music was played regularly. Amazingly my grandfather was a huge fan. For the longest time my brother and I made fun of him for liking her. And of course she grew on me and I'm still a fan 40 years later. I bought the album for myself and Judy for Christmas (and still have it).

Dated Judy through the summer which was the lead-in to high school but of course we inevitably moved on. While it's been a few years since I've seen her we certainly remain friends and she lives in our home town with grown children and a husband who we grew up with. She's become an accomplished artist and I recently saw some of her work in a gallery while on a business trip. It was so funny to point out her work to my colleagues and say-- that was made by my 9th grade girlfriend.

Everyvtime I see this movie I have all of these memories and feelings, taking me back to the 9th grade, my grandfather and one of my first loves-- Judy.

Cheers to you oldfriendofhthechristys for your great tast and prompting me to recount this.


What an amazing story, wvsarafan. Thank you so much for sharing it. It warms my heart to have prompted your taking a nice trip down memory lane :)


I saw A Star is Born on New Year's Day 1977. Where we lived, it had just opened on Christmas Day 1976, and was still pulling in huge audiences. We had to wait in line for tickets, about thirty minutes in frigid temps outside the theater. In those days, we didn't have the enormous multiplexes we do today. It was being shown at a two screen cinema. This actually began a family tradition of going to see a film on New Year's Day. We did it every year afterward, stopping only in the last decade.

I was 12 when ASIB was released, and what I remember most vividly about the audience reaction is that when the lights came up at the end, I noticed many of the men seated around me were crying or had been. This really surprised me. I didn't think grown men would cry, especially over a movie.

I just watched the movie last night, for the very first time since I saw it at the theater 38 years ago! I had forgotten so much of the actual film, but little details about the experience came back to me. I remember that I had worn a little blue and red striped knit cap, because it was so cold. After we left the theater and were several blocks away, I realized I didn't have that cap, which was colloquially known as a "toboggan" cap. My mother turned the car around, and we went back to the theater. I was allowed to go back in and found the cap stuffed down in the seat where I'd been sitting. That story has become a source of great humor over the years because whenever I talk about losing my toboggan, people who aren't from our region always ask why I had a sled on my head. LOL.

The other thing I remember is that MAD magazine did a hysterical parody on the film shortly afterward. There were drawings of the scene of John Norman and Esther in the tub. He says, "Wow, this is so wild, so freaky, I've never done anything like this." Esther replies, "What, have wild sex in the afternoon?" And John Norman says, "No...take a bath."


She screwed up the words to the song, turned her back to the camera but then turned back around and carried on.


Where did she do that? Sounds like you're mistaken this with her performing Evergreen (love them from ASIB) at her new year's concerts 1993/1994.

reply was in the concert scene at the end. I have seen this movie over 40 times, 3 the week it came out. Notice when she sings, "when they're breaking your back, bring you last straw to me..." wrong line of the song. She turns around at that time, back to camera.


I remember thinking she was going to have a breakdown on stage ...
Being with my GF at the time we were both a little on edge.
When she then started to break into the faster tempo i breathed a little sigh of relief knowing that was the first step in her recovery and she was moving on ....

Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
be kind, rewind...


I was 11, in 5th grade...I'd spent the night with my friend Tracy and her mom was a true hippy! She took us to see the movie on a Sunday afternoon (...along with Tracy's even younger sibling, 9 year old Mary!). It wasn't until we were seated in the theatre, munching on popcorn and ju-ju-b's, did Mrs. Connelly think to ask me if my parents allowed me to watch R rated movies. I casually 'lied' by merely nodding yes. I'd been given a heads up by Tracy (this was their second time seeing it) that I was going to see some nudity and sex 'stuff'...I COULDNT WAIT!!

OMG....the music...Kris K...Babs clothes, the whole movie was one huge rush for me! Yeah, the 'sex stuff' was kinda heady to see as a young kid ...but it was much more than that. Even then I got what an awesome movie this was, and still is!

I still belt out every word to "Queen Bee" whenever I'm karaoking with my grandkids!