Kris Kristofferson fans speak about the Star is Born Remake

Star is Born

A Star is Born –  The movie created many lifetime fans for Kris Kristofferson. What do they think about the remake to be released this year?

  • Tina Stapelfeldt’s review of the 2018 release is found here 
  • I loved this (new) version as much if not more than the version with Streisand and Kristofferson. What did you think? Except for the original they were all remakes. Bradley also produced this one as well as his Directorial Debut. This was the 4th version. There was the original in 1937, then a remake in 1954, another remake in 1976 w/ Kris and Babs and now this one in 2018 – Seems each version was contemporary for its time! This one surprised me too! Fab acting! – Wendy Elkin 
  • Love this (new) version but still love the one Kris is in most – Dee Gaulding
  • Today I saw the new A Star is Born with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. I went in fairly skeptical and did not expect to be impressed.
    I was wrong. Bradley Cooper is VERY good in his role but Lady Gaga was outstanding. Unlike Barbra, she is a generous actress—giving and not just basking in the limelight. The story line was similar but also different, if that makes sense. The music was excellent as well. 
    But the film lacked one major element. Kris Kristofferson. There’s just no one who compares, in my opinion, in portraying the tortured, flawed John Norman.
    In a perfect world, I would have loved to see Lady Gaga play opposite Kris in the movie, but that’s just a fantasy.
    The ‘76 version is still my favorite version, but don’t hesitate to see this latest remake. Very well performed – Susan McDonald Lenihan 
  • Ok ..I went to watch A Star is Born ….The one with Kris is BETTER….this new one was good …but the one with Kris was AWESOME – Florence Thomas
  • Thank you, I have been a huge fan of Barbra Streisand since the sixties, so of course i saw ASIB and owned the dvd, I also became a fan of Kris, loved him ever since – Amanda Clarke
  • I cannot see what all the hype is over the new updated version of A Star is Born. I got nothing from it / Yes, I had a really hard time getting into it. I was not impressed at all with it. Me and my friend were looking so forward to seeing it and we were just really disappointed and really confused as the ratings were so highly given about it.
    Oh well, times have changed and classics are just as they are …classic 😉 – Robin Lockwood 
  • Doug McKenna –  17 October 2018 So I saw “A Star Is Born”. My opinion? Well, frankly, it’s OUTSTANDING. The film that is. My opinion is just my opinion. I expected the film to be good. I didn’t expect it to be as good as it is. It is near flawless. Great performances. Heart felt & real. Good story. Familiar? Yes. Effective? Yes. Confident, controlled directing by Bradley Cooper captures & cajoles marvelous moments all through out the movie. The music is very good & some of the songs pay homage to ones performed in the 70’s version with Barbara Streisand & Kris Kristofferson. Mr. Cooper can really sing–shades of Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”—& Lady Gaga knocks it out of the park. The earnest vulnerability of these 2 lead actors, as well as the equally wonderful Sam Elliott & Andrew Dice Clay, is heart wrenching & totally satisfying Satisfying is the word for this film. I believe that all who see this film will be satisfied & those of us who are fans of the Streisand/ Kristofferson film will be as satisfied with this version as we possibly can be. Really, truly outstanding. – Doug, out!

Me singin' Kris Kristofferson for his oh so well deserved & truly devoted Appreciation Page. I so admire the man. He IS a forever hero to me, & many others, & I feel him to be one of the great people living today.

Posted by Doug Mckenna on Saturday, 6 October 2018

  • Just came back from seeing A Star is Born starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. I still say that no one will ever do that part better than Kris. But Bradley came close… he was excellent as a rock star falling apart due to drugs and alcohol. This movie did not play up the sex scenes or develop quite the sexual chemistry as the Kris and Barbara version, but their emotional connection was still very obvious and real. However, Lady Gaga blew Barbara Streisand out of the water. I always thought Barbara was a little over the top in ASIB and didn’t really connect with her character all that much – and I remember thinking she “hogged” the scenes from Kris and made the movie mainly about her…. NOT so with Bradley Cooper/Lady Gaga version. Both held their own. I was emotionally on the edge of my seat throughout the entire movie – I felt the rise, and the fall…. It was believable. And the music was fantastic. Kudos to Lucas Nelson and Jason Isbell, along with Bradley Cooper/Lady Gaga for absolutely wonderful lyrics, melodies, and putting it all together. Love the movie. Rate it 5 stars and will probably see it a few more times to catch the things I missed…..   I also did not feel like Bradley was trying to play Kris . . . though their characters were similar characters, I didn’t feel like he was trying to copy what Kris had done. He had his own take on it . . .- Lisa Wisnoski Robbins
  • Bradley looks like he needs a good scrub. He’s a hit miss (and he grew up in the town where I brought up my kids, where The Goldbergs lived) – Helen Marie
  • The year was 1976. I was 17 years old….the movie was everything I needed…the man the music the clothes. I am a romantic forever. Watched that movie so many times from video to DVD and it is still my go to when I need something special. Still want to Buildt that house………. – Almari Lotz 
  • Went to see the remake today. OMG! It couldn’t compare in My eyes. I don’t know if I am so attached to kris and Barbra in that movie, but really, it was just ok. Now, I know people who went to see it who never saw the others and they raved about this one. I said if you saw the other one, you may feel differently. Theirs was a true love story and the music told the story. This one, the characters? As I said, maybe it was just me… but truly didn’t even cry. I still cry with John Norman and Esther. Bradley and Gaga had no real chemistry. Wondering your thoughts. There will never be another John Norm and Esther. Now I’m feeling a bit crazy! – Donna Piergallini
  • I love the movie and my daughter and I always start crying before he gets in the car because we know what is going to happen.We have watched it a few times and always cry.When my granddaughter was around 14yrs.old,she said she never would cry over a movie so later I asked her if she wanted to watch A Star Is Born and she said okay.When he wrecks,I look at her and she is bawling.I bought the movie,so we can watch when we want to – Phyllis Strickland Hamilton 
  • Actually, though I love the version with Kris and Barbara, it was actually a remake as well! There were two other versions of “A Star is Born”’ one in 1937 and another in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason! I have no idea what the new version will be like! – Loyd Hutchison
  • Nothing like Kris ! Don’t care how many remakes ! Rita Nardone Tomassian
  • I love the movie and my daughter and I always start crying before he gets in the car because we know what is going to happen.We have watched it a few times and always cry.When my granddaughter was around 14yrs.old,she said she never would cry over a movie so later I asked her if she wanted to watch A Star Is Born and she said okay.When he wrecks,I look at her and she is bawling.I bought the movie,so we can watch when we want to – Phyllis Strickland Hamilton


  • I have the vhs tape…and just rented it on dvd to watch again 976 …Every Saturday for 8 weeks …I went to the cinema to see it  – Florence Thomas

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  • One of his best movies SORRY this new one will not even come close to the one by Kris and Barbara – Lise Allard 
  • The remake will be a flop – Joey Lee Sinavage
  • I don’t think I can bring myself to watch the new film. I am a totally devoted Kris fan and have been for many years. I have a copy of his Star is Born and have watched it so much and yet never tire of it – Martha Kaul 

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  • Looking forward to seeing the NEW Star is born, just to see what they do with it. However, A Star is Born is and will always be my ALL TIME favorite movie. I can watch it over and over again, which I have at times. The sound track tells such a love story, and I can’t imagine anyone but Kris and Barbra playing those roles!!! Sad and sacrificing ending. Selfish on his part and loving all in the same breath…Just loved it!! Was thrilled when they put it on Netflix this summer! However, will the new one stand up to the old one? Will it have that UMPH? Time will tell…. Donna Piergallini
  • No couple will ever replace Kris and Barbra in any remake of ASIB, I agree. My ALL TIME favorite movie (that one is easy, can’t pick a favorite song, though). But I have to say the trailer for this remake seemed good to me…he’s a sexy guy, she’s a great performer and vocalist (IMHO) and I thought they also had good chemistry. Emily Gmitter
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