Star 80 (1983)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  10 November 1983 (USA)
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A successful young model finds trouble when her obsessive manager-turned-husband becomes dangerously jealous. Based on the true story of 1980 Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy's Mother
Aram Nicholas
Private Detective
Lisa Gordon ...
Sidney Miller ...
Nightclub Owner
Keith Hefner ...
Tina Willson ...
Bobo Weller
Shelly Ingram ...
Sheila Anderson ...
Exotic Dancer
Meg Davis
Kathryn Witt ...


Paul Snider is a narcissistic, small time hustler who fancies himself a ladies man. His life changes when he meets Dorothy Stratten working behind the counter of a Dairy Queen. Dorothy is a pretty but naive high school senior. Paul immediately falls for Dorothy, who sees in Paul a wise, worldly person unlike herself. Paul believes Dorothy is Playboy material, the magazine he sees as only a springboard to bigger and better things. Paul's dream does become a reality: not only does Dorothy eventually marry him, she becomes the August 1979 Playboy Playmate and ultimately Playboy Playmate of 1979, which does indeed lead to the start of an acting career. As Dorothy's star rises, Paul's life is one of a hanger-on as those in Dorothy's new circle, including Playboy publisher Hugh M. Hefner and movie director Aram Nicholas, don't much like Paul. Paul is unable to eke out a life of his own without using Dorothy's name, which she increasingly is reluctant to provide to her husband. Those that ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

10 November 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bob Fosse's Star 80  »

Box Office


$6,500,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The portrait of Telly Savalas seen in Paul Snider (Eric Roberts)' apartment was painted by Herb Davidson. It was commissioned for an article on Savalas in the June 1978 issue of Playboy magazine which was headed by 'Hugh Hefner' who is played in the film by Cliff Robertson. See more »


While Paul harangues Dorothy about her upcoming trip to New York while she soaks in the bathtub her face and hair are alternately wet/dry between shots. See more »


Snider: Well, you can take your magazine, you mansion and your movies and shove'em ALL up your ass now.
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Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to Paddy Chayefsky See more »


Referenced in Heavenly Bodies (1984) See more »


Let The Good Times Roll
Written and Performed by Shirley Goodman (as Shirley) and Leonard Lee (as Lee)
Courtesy of Liberty Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
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Achingly sad and terrifically acted.
29 January 2004 | by (Conn) – See all my reviews

It's hard to do a review of a movie where the real life events are so tragic AND this movie is sad from the start because you know how it's gonna play out. I will say though that I have seen this many times and that it is a very well done, terrifically acted movie. Obviously, no matter how good this movie was I'd prefer it not to have ever been made because I'd prefer the real life events this is based on, never to have happened at all. Since it WAS made, however I can say without a doubt that the main cast members do their job-Roberts makes you hate,dispise him with a passion and Hemmingway is fragile, lovely and achingly sweet. I have no doubt how easy it was to get swept up in the glamourous lifestyle Stratton lived, I think most people would have myself included. Seeing the story enfold as it did, and knowing the final outcome, it's hard not to yell at the screen at the end,even knowing that you can't go back in time and change the events that happened. Dorothy Stratten was young and lovely and kindhearted and had her whole life in front of her-it's hard to say one "enjoyed" a movie where the ending was so tragic and in this case true so I won't say that. But it IS a movie I have seen more then once and would recomend wholeheartedly. VERY very welldone.

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