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Rastar was an American film company founded in 1966[1] by Hollywood producer Ray Stark, who was involved in most of its productions. Its first film was 1968's Funny Girl.[2]

The company also produced films in the 1970s and 1980s, such as The Owl and the Pussycat, The Way We Were,"Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams",Murder by Death, The Goodbye Girl, Seems Like Old Times and Annie. The company's most notable films include Steel Magnolias, and the Smokey and the Bandit trio of films. 1996's Harriet the Spy and 2000's Alley Cats Strike, a film made for Disney Channel, were two of its last endeavors. In 1974, Rastar was acquired by Columbia Pictures, which included Rastar Productions, Rastar Pictures, Rastar Features, and Rastar Television. Ray Stark then founded Rastar Films, the reincarnation of Rastar Pictures and it was acquired by Columbia Pictures in 1980.[3]


  1. ^ "Obituaries: Ray Stark". The Independent. London. 18 January 2004. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Kenneth Jones. "Funny Girl Producer Ray Stark Is Dead at 88". 
  3. ^ Dick, Bernard F. (1992). Columbia Pictures: Portrait of a Studio. Univ. Press of Kentucky. p. 29. ISBN 0-8131-1769-0. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 

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