LOve her in this movie! Were she and Steve Martin a true love item? Is her rumored homosexuality more recent, or was she always bisexual?
She really was beautiful back then. Still is, in a "senior" kind of way.
She's sensational. I saw that movie in a theater with a big screen---it was phenomenal. I thought Herbert Ross was a hack until I saw this movie.
Ida Sue McCune is the actual singer.
I kind of think she's more beautiful now.
Thank you Ozone Park.
Something's in the air. Not sure why, I suddenly decided to look for and watch a YouTube clip of this just this morning. Hadn't seen it since the movie came out.
that was truly an oddly undervalued film.
I am not a fan of Steve Martin but I guess he was decent in this because I really liked the movie.
I SO wish she were a lesbian.
At least we have Julie Andrews.
I LOVE this film. It was so unfairly criticized when it came out, and I think it's due for a re-evaluation. Bernadette looked amazing in it.
But, aren't there a lot more stories about BP's same-sex exploits than JA's, R9?
Bernadette Peters doesn't have a lick on Julie Andrews when it comes to lesbian conquests.
I think it was under-valued because people back then didn't know how to appreciate this movie the way we would now. Meaning, today, it would be released as an art film, like Little Voice, or something that gains momentum through Sundance. It was likely very ahead of its time.
Loved the movie and lip synching. Chris walken was wonderful in it. And bernadette won the best actress golden globe!
It's a shame, almost a lost film now. They released it at Christmas and tried to sell it as a happy go lucky musical which of course it wasn't. I was theater manager and we played to an empty house. Met Bernadette a couple of times and I have the DVD signed by her.
This was Steve Martin's follow up to The Jerk; people didn't want to see him in a drama.
Dammit, why does that Walken clip have to be out of sync?
There is a clip of Bernadette doing "All That Jazz" from a Carol Burnett show that would be awesome if it wasn't just a tad out of sync too.
Steve Martin was so handsome
Major Bouvier at the end!
I love, love, love this film but Steve was miscast.
Another triumph for the Boswell Sisters!
Honestly I've never seen that and wanted to and was open to being wowed but I found it just good, not great. I mean its a really competent performance but I just don't thing she has the STAR sparkle of a Judy Garland, Marylin Monroe or Lucille Ball--its like below their level--its "Broadway Star" not STAR STAR.
You have another definition of "Broadway star", then. They have to kill without the benefit of editing and re-takes. Yes, plenty of theatre types give too much on screen. But holding an audience is harder onstage than onscreen.
i loved it so much that I taped it off of one of the premium channels when it came out in the 80s. I have a small tv with a VHS player just so I can play tapes like these. All the numbers are incredible and the story is great.
"I want nice things, Arther" (one of my favorite lines). An original.
The movie is wonderful in its way but pales in comparison to the original British miniseries starring Bob Hoskins.
Yes, @30, I remember that! He's rather lean and swarthy...w/a rather sculpted ass in those tight pants.
Audiences just didn't GET this movie. They thought since Steve Martin was in it it would be a wacky comedy. It sure wasn't that, although it had plenty of amusing moments. I really liked it.
The movie is really designed to be seen on a big screen. A lot of the visual style is lost when it's viewed on a laptop or TV.
The original British mini series was much better.
I never liked Bernadette; she always rubbed me the wrong way with her face. Her face and her voice bugged the hell out of me...
I love this clip of Bernadette singing "All that Jazz" on Carol Burnett. She nails it and looks very, VERY sexy. The gay dancers are also quite hot.
I'm in awe of Walken. I had no idea he had such a wide range of talent Amazing chops. He floored me.
Is there a more underrated film?
I wonder if Peters was considered for the revival of Chicago? It was intended to star Liza, who wasn't going to be able for heavy duty dancing at that stage...
Any truth to the rumor that Bernadette was featured on "The Carol Burnett Show" because she had a fling with Carol?
Love this film!!! Saw it for the first time when I was in my early teens. The scene with Jessica Harper putting lipstick on her tits creeped me out.
I just watched Pennies From Heaven on TCM after reading this thread - great coincidence.
What a lovely, bittersweet film. Bernadette is heartbreaking, and I have come to reevaluate Steve Martin. I always thought he was a ham, but he must have considerable depth to make a movie like this.
I guess mainstream audiences were expecting Martin to wear an arrow on his head and sing "King Tut" for the umpteenth time. What a shame that this movie has been overlooked. I think it will definitely resurface over the coming years as a a gem of American cinema.
I'll add my two cents,ha!,and just agree with everyone here.
Love,love,love this movie.
I used to have the VHS ,and the sound track on two cassettes.