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Brenda Starr (1989)

A comic book artist struggling with his "Brenda Starr" strip decides to draw himself into it when his comic book character is disappointed and leaves the strip.

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Noreen Stone (story), James D. Buchanan (story) (as James David Buchanan) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brooke Shields ... Brenda Starr
Timothy Dalton ... Basil St. John
Tony Peck ... Mike Randall
Diana Scarwid ... Libby 'Lips' Lipscomb
Nestor Serrano ... Jose
Jeffrey Tambor ... Vladimir
June Gable ... Luba
Charles Durning ... Editor Francis I. Livright
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Reporter Hank O'Hare
John Short ... Cub Reporter Pesky Miller
Eddie Albert ... Police Chief Maloney
Mark von Holstein Mark von Holstein ... Donovan O'Shea, Public Enemy #3
Henry Gibson ... Professor Gerhardt Von Kreutzer
Ed Nelson ... President Harry S. Truman
Tom Aldredge ... The Fake Capt. Borg
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Storyline

Mike is a struggling artist who draws the "Brenda Starr" strip for the papers. When Brenda comes to life in the strip and sees how unappreciated she is by Mike, she leaves the strip. To get her back, and keep his job, Mike draws himself into the strip. In her world, Brenda Starr is the Ace Reporter for the New York Flash. She is talented, fearless, smart, and a very snappy dresser. The only competition she has is from the rival paper's top reporter Libby Lipscomb. Brenda heads to the Amazon jungle to find a scientist with a secret formula which will create cheap and powerful gas from ordinary water. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brenda Starr See more »

Filming Locations:

San Juan, Puerto Rico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,035, 19 April 1992

Gross USA:

$67,878

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,878
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film critic Leonard Maltin reported that the picture was "filmed in 1986" and "sat on the shelf for years." See more »

Quotes

Brenda Starr: [after Mike continually insults Brenda as a cartoon, she comes to life] I've had it! Who the heck do you think you are? For four months I've put up with your insults. Night after night! And I've had it up to here!
[Mike gasps in disbelief]
Brenda Starr: So bug off, buster!
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Version of Brenda Starr, Reporter (1945) See more »

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The Missouri Waltz
Written by Frederick Logan & James Shannon
Published by Forster Music Publishing Company (ASCAP)
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Badly conceived
8 December 2013 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

The most that people know about this movie was that it was filmed in 1986, then spent six years on the shelf before being (barely) released to theaters. Was it deserving of its fate? For that most part, yes. Though obviously not a big budget exercise, the movie does boast (for the most part) passable production values. However, the rest of the movie falls flat. Brooke Shields looks the part of Brenda Starr, but her performance simply isn't very good. In fairness to Shields, her role is strangely not written to be a smart and resourceful woman, but kind of a bubblehead - such a demeaning role would make anyone reluctant to give a good performance. In fact, just about every character is written to be kind of stupid. The movie seems to think that the whole thing should be some kind of joke, when in fact this kind of movie needs a SERIOUS treatment. It doesn't help that there are several instances where key linking footage or entire scenes seem to be missing, leading to some very confusing moments. I'm willing to be that Dale Messick, the original cartoonist of the "Brenda Starr" comic strip, wasn't very pleased by this cinematic adaptation of her work.


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