Egotistical saxophonist Jimmy Doyle (Robert De Niro) and spirited USO singer Francine Evans (Liza Minnelli) meet in Times Square on V-J Day and decide they’re meant for each other.
Slightly further down the line, Jimmy’s controlling, selfish nature is well to the fore, and Francine is turned into a doormat.
Then, when she’s accompanying him to an audition, her sensational voice is discovered, and her career begins to eclipse his – but at a high cost to their relationship.
Martin Scorsese’s follow-up to Taxi Driver was the most anticipated film of early 1977.
Scorsese meticulously recreated the musical scene in post-World War II New York – the late-night atmosphere, a whole new interweaving of poverty and wealth, and the big band numbers themselves.
He also dealt with the tough realism, for musicians, of life on the move: the tedium of the travelling and the one-night stands, with happier moments to be found in companionship, a card game, or a comfortable room for the night.
He also presented the reality that, not even in musicals, is there always a happy ending.
Robert De Niro
Mary Kay Place
Jimmy Doyle Jr
Adam David Winkler