Rainbow (1978 film)

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Genre Biography
Based on Rainbow: The Stormy Life of Judy Garland by Christopher Finch
Written by John McGreevey
Directed by Jackie Cooper
Starring Andrea McArdle
Don Murray
Michael Parks
Piper Laurie
Rue McClanahan
Music by Charles Fox
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Greg Strangis
William Hogan
Producer(s) Peter Dunne
Cinematography Howard Schwartz
Editor(s) Jerry Dronsky
Running time 97 minutes
Production company(s) Ten-Four Productions
Distributor NBC
Original network NBC
Original release November 6, 1978 (1978-11-06)

Rainbow is a 1978 American made-for-television biographical film directed by Jackie Cooper which chronicles the early years of singer-actress Judy Garland, portrayed by Andrea McArdle. The film was written by John McGreevey based on the 1975 book Rainbow: The Stormy Life of Judy Garland by Christopher Finch and originally aired on NBC Monday Night at the Movies on November 6, 1978. McArdle's casting as Judy Garland was heavily criticized at the time, as the actress did not resemble nor sound remotely like Garland.


The early life and struggles of Judy Garland during her early years in vaudeville, and follows her through her illustrious and highly-publicized rise to stardom at MGM Studios; her trials as a youngster in dealing with the movie studio system that held her back while her mother was forever pushing her to excel, as well as all the backstage joy and heartbreak during the filming of The Wizard of Oz (1939).



Emmy Award

  • 1979: Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or a Special – Howard Schwartz

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