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Bette Midler stars as a Martha Raye-type entertainer during the World War II era in this big-budget nostalgia piece. Midler plays big-band singer Dixie Leonard, who is chosen to perform at an overseas USO Christmas show by her uncle Art Silver (George Segal), a comedy writer for famed comedian Eddie Sparks (James Caan). Dixie is shuttled to London, where she is thrown on-stage with Eddie, who takes an immediate dislike to her. But her performance is a sensation, and the audience can't stop howling at Dixie's smart one-liner comebacks to Eddie. Dixie is catapulted to stardom, and the repartee between Eddie and Dixie becomes the stuff of legend. The two spar together through World War II, the McCarthy era, and Vietnam. But Dixie stops speaking to Eddie when he fires a writer for being a communist sympathizer and, later, she doesn't speak to him again after he arranges for a reunion between her and her son on the battlefields of Vietnam. Finally, Dixie, now an old woman, is cajoled to appear on a television awards show to reunite with a now decrepit Eddie, age 91. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:November 22, 1991

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Bette Midler Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1991 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bette Midler Best Actress 1991 Nominee

Cast

Bette Midler
as Dixie Leonard
James Caan
as Eddie Sparks
George Segal
as Art Silver
Patrick O'Neal
as Shephard
Chris Rydell
as Danny
Brandon Call
as Danny (at 12)
Arye Gross
as Jeff Brooks
Xander Berkeley
as Roberts
Andrew Bilgore
as Nervous Production Assistant
Jason Iorg
Lynn Stalmaster
Patrick Whyte
as Audience Airman
Norman Fell
as Sam Schiff
Rosemary Murphy
as Luanna Trott
Bud Yorkin
as Phil
Dori Brenner
as Loretta
Jack Sheldon
as Wally Fields
Karen Martin
as Vicki
Shannon Wilcox
as Margaret Sparks
Melissa Manchester
as Corrine
Steven Kampmann
as Stan
Richard Portnow
as Milt
Pattie Darcy
as Myra
Beau Dremann
as Army Messenger
Jameson Rodgers
as Danny (at 4)
Gary Gershaw
as Stage Manager
Jim Raposa
as Dancing Airman
Christopher Kaufman
as Band Person
James Patrick
as Captain
Chris Wilkinson
as Niles LaGuardia
Hayley Carr
as Ann Sparks
Kelly Noonan
as Merry Sparks
John O'Leary
as TV Censor
Stewart J. Zully
as T.V. Stage Manager
Bruce Gray
as 1st Sponsor
Richardson Morse
as 2nd Sponsor
Matthew Faison
as 3rd Sponsor
Carey Eidel
as Green Room Page
Richard Hochberg
as Merrill
Andy Milder
as Dressing Room Page
Thom Adcox
as Wounded Marine
Andrew Lauer
as Corpsman on Battlefield
Billy Bob Thornton
as Marine Sergeant
John Doolittle
as Captain Donelson
Sal Landi
as Marine Driver
John Ruskin
as Marine Who Stops Trucks
Marc Poppel
as Corpsman at MASH
Gabe Bologna
as Marine at MASH
Tamaki Kawakubo
as Violinist
Mark Roberts
as Vice Admiral
Robert Clotworthy
as Navy Commander
Tony Pierce
as Major at Firebase
Maia Winters
as Janie
D. David Morin
as Cameraman
David Selberg
as Assistant Director
Alan Haufrect
as Technical Director
Annie Prager
as Associate Producer
Barry Michlin
as Executive Producer
Sherlynn Hicks
as Teleprompter Operator
Maggie Wagner
as Stan's Assistant
Leonard Gaines
as Lou Presti
David Bowe
as Photographer
Morgan Ames
as Awards Conductor
William Marquez
as Caretaker
Fred Parnes
as Jeep Driver
Esther Jacobs
as Ida Silver
Garrison Singer
as Commander at Citadel
Connie Chambers
as 1950s Show Dancer
Janice Cronkhite
as 1950s Show Dancer
Kirk Hansen
as 1950s Show Dancer
Melissa Hurley
as 1950s Show Dancer
Lynnmarie Inge
as 1950s Show Dancer
Theresa King
as 1950s Show Dancer
Steven Majewicz
as 1950s Show Dancer
Jody Peterson
as 1950s Show Dancer
Amy Rydell
as 1950s Show Dancer
Susanne Sullivan
as 1950s Show Dancer
Paul Thorpe
as 1950s Show Dancer
Kristy Zlock
as 1950s Show Dancer
Lada Boder
as Awards Dinner Dancer
Ken Molina
as Awards Dinner Dancer
Sheri Norwood
as Awards Dinner Dancer
Tita Omeze
as Awards Dinner Dancer
Raymond Rodriguez
as Awards Dinner Dancer
Natsuo Tomita
as Awards Dinner Dancer
Jerald Vincent
as Awards Dinner Dancer
Beverly Ward
as Awards Dinner Dancer
Kirby Ward
as Awards Dinner Dancer
Michael Greene
as General Scott
Arliss Howard
as Husband to Dixie Leonard (uncredited)
Joe Mays
Jeffrey Weissman
Ken Molina
as Awards Dinner Dancer
Lynnmarie Inge
as 1950s Show Dancer
John Ruskin
as Marine Who Stops Trucks
Robert Clotworthy
as Navy Commander
Tita Omeze
as Awards Dinner Dancer
Marc Poppel
as Corpsman at MASH
Kelly Noonan
as Merry Sparks
Fred Parnes
as Jeep Driver
Sal Landi
as Marine Driver
David Bowe
as Photographer
Andrew Lauer
as Corpsman on Battlefield
Richard Hochberg
as Merrill
Theresa King
as 1950s Show Dancer
Bud Yorkin
as Phil
Jim Raposa
as Dancing Airman
Chris Wilkinson
as Niles LaGuardia
Morgan Ames
as Awards Conductor
Gabe Bologna
as Marine at MASH
Pattie Darcy
as Myra
Shannon Wilcox
as Margaret Sparks
Beverly Ward
as Awards Dinner Dancer
Carey Eidel
as Green Room Page
Kirk Hansen
as 1950s Show Dancer
David Selberg
as Assistant Director
Melissa Hurley
as 1950s Show Dancer
Esther Jacobs
as Ida Silver
Stewart J. Zully
as T.V. Stage Manager
Dori Brenner
as Loretta
Christopher Kaufman
as Band Person
Norman Fell
as Sam Schiff
Steven Majewicz
as 1950s Show Dancer
Connie Chambers
as 1950s Show Dancer
Barry Michlin
as Executive Producer
Jack Sheldon
as Wally Fields
Tony Pierce
as Major at Firebase
Thom Adcox
as Wounded Marine
Alan Haufrect
as Technical Director
D. David Morin
as Cameraman
Hayley Carr
as Ann Sparks
Billy Bob Thornton
as Marine Sergeant
Richard Portnow
as Milt
Arliss Howard
as Husband to Dixie Leonard (uncredited)
James Patrick
as Captain
Lada Boder
as Awards Dinner Dancer
Sheri Norwood
as Awards Dinner Dancer
Paul Thorpe
as 1950s Show Dancer
Jody Peterson
as 1950s Show Dancer
Natsuo Tomita
as Awards Dinner Dancer
Sherlynn Hicks
as Teleprompter Operator
Annie Prager
as Associate Producer
Tamaki Kawakubo
as Violinist
Kirby Ward
as Awards Dinner Dancer
Janice Cronkhite
as 1950s Show Dancer
John O'Leary
as TV Censor
Garrison Singer
as Commander at Citadel
Andy Milder
as Dressing Room Page
Melissa Manchester
as Corrine
Jameson Rodgers
as Danny (at 4)
Steven Kampmann
as Stan
Rosemary Murphy
as Luanna Trott
Patrick Whyte
as Audience Airman
John Doolittle
as Captain Donelson
Matthew Faison
as 3rd Sponsor
Gary Gershaw
as Stage Manager
Andrew Bilgore
as Nervous Production Assistant
Michael Greene
as General Scott
Karen Martin
as Vicki
Susanne Sullivan
as 1950s Show Dancer
Maia Winters
as Janie
Raymond Rodriguez
as Awards Dinner Dancer
Amy Rydell
as 1950s Show Dancer
Maggie Wagner
as Stan's Assistant
Xander Berkeley
as Roberts
William Marquez
as Caretaker
Beau Dremann
as Army Messenger
Jerald Vincent
as Awards Dinner Dancer
Richardson Morse
as 2nd Sponsor
Leonard Gaines
as Lou Presti
Mark Roberts
as Vice Admiral
Kristy Zlock
as 1950s Show Dancer
Bruce Gray
as 1st Sponsor

Crew

Mark Rydell
Director
Bette Midler
Producer
Mark Rydell
Producer
Kathleen Long
Producer
Margaret Jennings South
Producer
Bonnie Bruckheimer-Martell
Producer
Marshall Brickman
Screenwriter
Lindy Laub
Screenwriter
Neal Jimenez
Screenwriter
Stephen Goldblatt
Cinematographer
Dave Grusin
Composer (Music Score)
Jerry Greenberg
Editor
Assheton Gorton
Production Designer
Marvin March
Production Designer
Don Woodruff
Art Director
Dianne I. Wager
Art Director
Ray Hartwick
Co-producer
Chris Wilkinson
Associate Producer
Julia Levine
Set Designer
Marvin March
Set Designer
Syd Dutton
Special Effects
Bill Taylor
Special Effects
Alan B. Curtiss
First Assistant Director
Mic Rodgers
Stunts
Kay Rose
Sound Editor
Ron Berkeley
Makeup
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