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Star 80 (1983)

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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Aram Nicholas
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Geb
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Private Detective
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Nightclub Owner
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Bobo Weller
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Storyline

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 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 know ... Written by Huggo

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Biography | Drama

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3 February 1984 (USA)  »

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Bob Fosse's Star 80  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$233,312, 13 November 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,472,990
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Trivia

Aram Nicholas was a fictionalized version of film director Peter Bogdanovich. Bogdanovich had been dating Dorothy Stratten around the time that they collaborated on They All Laughed (1981). The title of the film was changed to "Tinsel Time." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Snider: You won't forget Paul Snider.
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Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to Paddy Chayefsky See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Endless Love (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Up On Cripple Creek
Written by Robbie Robertson
Performed by The Band
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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A Star is Born Comes of Age -- Chilling Account
16 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

An excellent film. Fosse's direction is flawless as he takes us inside the world of a controller who loses his grip and power. Mariel is wonderful as Dorothy Statton. Eric Robert's performance is of Oscar Caliber quality -- his portrayal haunts you and you can see his weakness -- you hate him, but a part of you can almost feel sorry for him until his real intentions are suddenly realized. This film was very well-done and deserves to be seen. This was Fosse's last film and it deserves to be seen. From the first frame, one is drawn into a spiraling cycle of destruction. Mariel's performance is perfect as she creates the naive young girl who as she changes into a more wordly woman who wants to explore life and all the possibilities which are opening for her. Much like A Star Is Born, this account of one Hollywood partner gaining fame as another falls. Not for the squeamish.


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