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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


Awarded by
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


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


Mark Rydell
Mark Rydell
Bette Midler
Kathleen Long
Margaret Jennings South
Bonnie Bruckheimer-Martell
Marshall Brickman
Lindy Laub
Neal Jimenez
Stephen Goldblatt
Dave Grusin
Composer (Music Score)
Jerry Greenberg
Assheton Gorton
Production Designer
Marvin March
Production Designer
Don Woodruff
Art Director
Dianne I. Wager
Art Director
Ray Hartwick
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
Kay Rose
Sound Editor
Ron Berkeley