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Star 80 (1983)

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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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Geb
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Robin
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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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10 November 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Egy aktmodell halála  »

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$6,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The names of the movies in which Dorothy Stratten appeared were changed in the film. The movie called, "Wednesday's Child" is, in reality, Autumn Born (1979). The movie referred to as "Ball Bearings" is actually Skatetown, U.S.A. (1979). The movie that Snider says is "a sci-fi film [where] she plays a robot" is a reference to Galaxina (1980). The final film which Aram Nicholas was editing at the time of Dorothy's death is supposed to be They All Laughed (1981). See more »

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A bloody hand straps a body to the table, but moments later a wide shot shows the body on the floor and the table is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

Snider: I do love her.
Dorothy's Mother: What did you say?
Snider: I said I love her.
Dorothy's Mother: Funny - I could've sworn you said 'I love IT.'
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This film is dedicated to Paddy Chayefsky See more »

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Referenced in Lie Down with Dogs (1995) See more »

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OFF RAMP
Music by Ralph Burns
Lyrics by Michael Tronick
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Disturbing and real...
9 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

story. This film is most interesting because of the era it depicts; ("you are what you drive, you should have your first million by age 35") etc. The 80's are fun to look back on, but living it was not necessarily great, unless you could "keep up with the Joneses".

Eric Roberts is very believable as Paul Schneider, a promoter who met Dorothy Stratten (while she was a kid working at a local Dairy Queen, in Canada), brought her to Hollywood, and resented her eventual success. Her shooting star to fame resulted in eventual tragedy.

Mariel Hemingway is believable as Stratten, although the truly innocent act is a bit hard to buy. Cliff Robertson portrays Hugh Hefner, a faded figure today, but still virile in the 80's.

The Roberts character is initially sleazy, then desperate, then pathetic. Apparently Paul Schneider could not keep up with Stratten, became overly possessive, and jealous of her success. She became involved with director Peter Bogdanovich, and this was the beginning of the end for Schneider.

The back-story of Hollywood in general and the rat race to stay on top, is very accurately presented. Schneider eventually tried to steal Stratten's name, to license her name and profit from her. When she had had enough, and no longer needed him, he took her fate in his own hands. The finale is stark and realistic. 9/10.


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