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Martin Scorsese combined the splashy atmosphere of the old studio musical with an unromanticized marriage story in his valentine to Hollywood and the Big Band era. On V-J Day 1945, newly minted civilian saxophonist Jimmy Doyle (Robert De Niro) meets USO singer Francine Evans (Liza Minnelli) at a dance, but she rebuffs every advance that he makes. A day and a hotel lobby meeting later, Jimmy finally wins Francine over after she uses her pop instincts to save his too-jazzy audition at a nightclub. When she goes on tour with Frankie Harte (Georgie Auld) and his Orchestra, Jimmy tracks her down, taking a job with the orchestra to be with her. Together on stage, they make beautiful music; off stage they marry, but the struggle between two artists begins to take its toll. Unable to understand that Francine's needs and talents are just as important as his, and unwilling to compromise his music for security, Jimmy abandons Francine after their baby is born. Separately, the two succeed even more, as Francine becomes a music and movie star, while Jimmy has a top hit and opens a jazz club. When they are reunited several years later, the pair must decide if their relationship is worth another try. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:June 21, 1977

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Kander Best Original Song 1977 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Liza Minnelli Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1977 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Robert De Niro Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1977 Nominee

Cast

Liza Minnelli
as Francine Evans
Robert De Niro
as Jimmy Doyle
Lionel Stander
as Tony Harwell
Barry Primus
as Wilson
Mary Kay Place
as Bernice
Georgie Auld
as Frankie Hatie
George Memmoli
as Nicky
Selma Archerd
as Wife of Justice of the Peace
Bill Baldwin
as Announcer in Moonlit Terrace
Nicky Blair
as Cab Driver
Timothy Blake
as Nurse
Robert Buckingham
Gene Castle
as Dancing Sailor
DeForest Covan
as Porter
Jon Cutler
as Musician in Frankie Harte's Band
Shera Danese
as Doyle's Girl in Major Chord
Peter Fain
as Greeter in Up Club
Joey Forman
as Argumentative Man
Leonard Gaines
as Artie Kirks
Sydney Guilaroff
as Hairdresser
Louis Guss
as Fowler
Casey Kasem
as D.J.
Bernie Kuby
as Justice of the Peace
Mary Lindsay
as Hat Check Girl in Meadows
Dimitri Logothetis
as Desk Clerk
Mardik Martin
as Well-wisher in Moonlit Terrace
Dave Nichols
as Arnold Trench
Harry Northrup
as Alabama
Steven Prince
as Record Producer
Richard Raymond
as Railroad Conductor
Hank Robinson
as Francine's Bodyguard
Jay Salerno
as Bus Driver
Peter Savage
as Horace Morris' Assistant
Frank Sivero
as Eddie di Muzio
Eddie Smith
as Man in Bathroom in Harlem Club
Roosevelt Smith
as Bouncer in Major Chord
Leslie Summers
as Woman in Black in Moonlit Terrace
Charles Tamburro
Margo Winkler
as Argumentative Woman
Marty Zagon
as South Bend Ballroom Manager
Diahnne Abbott
as Harlem club singer
Don Calfa
as Gilbert
Kathi McGinnis
as Ellen Flannery
Dick Miller
as Palm Club Owner
Murray Moston
as Horace Morris
Allison Caine
Louis Guss
as Fowler
Jay Salerno
as Bus Driver
Hank Robinson
as Francine's Bodyguard
Sydney Guilaroff
as Hairdresser
Bernie Kuby
as Justice of the Peace
Casey Kasem
as D.J.
Margo Winkler
as Argumentative Woman
Steven Prince
as Record Producer
Marty Zagon
as South Bend Ballroom Manager
Peter Fain
as Greeter in Up Club
Nicky Blair
as Cab Driver
Dave Nichols
as Arnold Trench
Selma Archerd
as Wife of Justice of the Peace
Richard Raymond
as Railroad Conductor
Shera Danese
as Doyle's Girl in Major Chord
DeForest Covan
as Porter
Mardik Martin
as Well-wisher in Moonlit Terrace
Murray Moston
as Horace Morris
Bill Baldwin
as Announcer in Moonlit Terrace
Eddie Smith
as Man in Bathroom in Harlem Club
Dimitri Logothetis
as Desk Clerk
Roosevelt Smith
as Bouncer in Major Chord
Timothy Blake
as Nurse
Kathi McGinnis
as Ellen Flannery
Leslie Summers
as Woman in Black in Moonlit Terrace
Peter Savage
as Horace Morris' Assistant
Frank Sivero
as Eddie di Muzio
Harry Northrup
as Alabama
Jon Cutler
as Musician in Frankie Harte's Band
Dick Miller
as Palm Club Owner
Don Calfa
as Gilbert
Diahnne Abbott
as Harlem club singer
Mary Lindsay
as Hat Check Girl in Meadows
Gene Castle
as Dancing Sailor
Leonard Gaines
as Artie Kirks
Joey Forman
as Argumentative Man

Crew

Martin Scorsese
Director
Robert Chartoff
Producer
Irwin Winkler
Producer
Gene Kirkwood
Producer
Mardik Martin
Screenwriter
Laszlo Kovacs
Cinematographer
John Kander
Composer (Music Score)
John Kander
Songwriter
Tom Rolf
Editor
Bert Lovitt
Editor
Marcia Lucas
Editor
Boris Leven
Production Designer
Kay Rose
Supervising Sound Editor
Christina Smith
Makeup
Michael Westmore
Makeup
Sydney Guilaroff
Makeup
Paul Kimatian
Still Photographer
Mary Keats
Makeup
Richard Bruno
Costume/Wardrobe
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