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(1983)

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'The Virgin Film Guide' states that actress Mariel Hemingway "underwent breast augmentation for the role" of playing Dorothy Stratten. Hemingway received breast implants shortly before playing the part of Playboy model-actress Stratten but has allegedly denied that that was the reason she got them. Hemingway's silicone breast implants were removed years later after they had ruptured, leaking silicone into her bloodstream.
Playboy magnate Hugh M. Hefner sued the producers after the film was released because he did not like how he was portrayed.
Bob Fosse made Paul Snider the main character in the film because he identified with his character the most. Fosse even told actor Eric Roberts that when he played Snider, he was really playing himself if Fosse had not been successful in show business.
The photographer who takes the initial photos of Dorothy for submission to Playboy is played by Hugh M. Hefner's younger brother, Keith Hefner.
Final theatrical feature film of writer-director Bob Fosse.
Bob Fosse's last project before his death in 1987. Fosse was personally re-editing a broadcast television version of this movie.
Actress Daryl Hannah was considered for the central role of Dorothy Stratten which in the end was cast with actress Mariel Hemingway.
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The names of the movies in which Dorothy Stratten appeared in real life in were changed for the film. The picture called "Wednesday's Child" in reality was Autumn Born (1979). The movie referred to as "Ball Bearings" is actually Skatetown, U.S.A. (1979). The movie that Paul Snider (Eric Roberts) says is "a sci-fi film [where] she plays a robot" was in real life Galaxina (1980). The final film mentioned, "Tinsel Time", which Aram Nicholas (Roger Rees) was editing at the time of Dorothy's death, is supposed to be They All Laughed (1981), which in real life was directed by Peter Bogdanovich, who had in real life personally been seeing Stratten. Bogdanovich in real life later in 1988 married Louise Stratten, the sister of Dorothy Stratten. The pair were divorced in 2001.
The film gets its Star 80 (1983) title from the customized personalized license plate on Paul Snider (Eric Roberts) Mercedes Benz car which reads "STAR 80". A car number plate with the wording "STAR 80" also forms the design for the picture's promotional title logo.
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Aram Nicholas (Roger Rees) was a fictionalized version of the 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" in Star 80 (1983).
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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.
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Star Richard Gere was considered for the role of Paul Snider which in the end was cast with actor Eric Roberts.
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Actor Eric Roberts once said of his Paul Snider character that he was "the type of character you may recognize wherever you go but not necessarily get involved with".
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The movie was selected by renowned film critic Gene Siskel as being one of his top ten best films of 1983 appearing on the reviewer's Top Ten list for that year.
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The character "Bobo Weller" is based on real-life Playboy Playmate Terri Welles. When Paul Snider (Eric Roberts) tries to impress her by listing her favorite books and musicians, they're the same as those on Welles' data sheet.
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The film was made and released about two years after it source Pulitzer Prize-winning Feature Writing Award article "Death of a Playmate" by Teresa Carpenter had been first published in 'The Village Voice' newspaper in 1981. The article's title was similar to the name of the earlier television movie Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story (1981) which covered the same story and subject matter.
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Prior to this cinema movie being made and released, a telemovie Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story (1981), had already covered the same story and subject matter, effectively making Star 80 (1983) a form of remake. In that telefilm, first broadcast around a couple of years earlier, Mitchell Ryan played Hugh M. Hefner, Bruce Weitz portrayed Paul Snider, and Jamie Lee Curtis starred as Dorothy Stratten. This television movie shared a similar title to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Feature Writing Award article "Death of a Playmate" by Teresa Carpenter which had been first published in 'The Village Voice' newspaper in the same 1981 year.
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Debut cinema movie as actors of both Roger Rees and Keenen Ivory Wayans.
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According to 'Rating the Movies', in Star 80 (1983) "director Bob Fosse . . . duplicates the documentary style he introduced in [his earlier film] Lenny (1974)".
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One of two adult dramas with eroticism starring actress Mariel Hemingway that were made and released during the early 1980s. The movies are Star 80 (1983) and Personal Best (1982). Hemingway had also previously appeared in the controversial rape movie Lipstick (1976) and had portrayed a seventeen year-old high-school student who has a liaison with a twice-divorced forty-two year-old man in Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979) in which Hemingway was Oscar nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award.
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This motion picture's opening title card reads: "Vancouver, B.C. [British Columbia]".
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The film's closing credits and promotional materials such as the Australian VHS sleeve contained the following disclaimer: "This motion picture is, in part, a fictionalization of certain events and people involved in the lives of Dorothy Stratten and Paul Snider".
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Star Eric Roberts once said of model-actress Dorothy Stratten who is portrayed in the film by actress Mariel Hemingway: "Obviously beautiful and sexy, she was nice, good, naive, an easy target for a man with the drive of a Paul Snider".
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First cinema movie directed by Bob Fosse in about four years with Fosse's last at the time having being the Academy Award winning All That Jazz (1979) which had won four Oscars.
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About just under thirty years after this movie was made and released, a similarly titled unrelated French language film was made and released called Stars 80 (2012), which debuted around twenty-nine years after Star 80 (1983).
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The movie's dedication billed during the film's closing credits states: "This film is dedicated to Paddy Chayefsky".
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The film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama, for actor Eric Roberts, but lost out to two tied winners, Robert Duvall for Tender Mercies (1983), and Tom Courtenay for The Dresser (1983).
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The film screened out of competition at the 34th Berlin International Film Festival in 1984.
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The music piece playing when Paul first takes the Polaroids of Dorothy is a slightly updated version of the theme from A Little Romance (1979) (which won Georges Delerue an Oscar), although it is not credited.
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The nick-name of Hugh M. Hefner (Cliff Robertson), as it has been in real life, was "Hef".
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The movie's finale death-suicide sequence was filmed in the actual apartment where the real life Dorothy Stratten was murdered and the real life Paul Snider then suicided afterwards.
The movie was made and released about three years after the real life deaths of Paul Snider and Dorothy Stratten.
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The real life date that Paul Snider and Dorothy Stratten both died was 14th August 1980. Snider committed suicide after he had murdered Stratten.
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In real life, director Peter Bogdanovich made a film that would be his career Waterloo, They All Laughed (1981), a low-budget ensemble comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and the 1980 Playboy Playmate of the Year, Dorothy Stratten, who is played by Mariel Hemingway in Star 80 (1983). They All Laughed (1981) is renamed "Tinsel Time" in Star 80 (1983). During the actual real-life filming of the picture, Bogdanovich, who is re-named Aram Nicholas and is played by Roger Rees in Star 80 (1983), fell in love with Stratten, who was married to an emotionally unstable hustler, Paul Snider, played by Eric Roberts in Star 80 (1983), and who relied on Stratten financially. Stratten moved in with Bogdanovich, and when she told Snider she was leaving him, he shot and killed her, sodomizing her corpse before committing suicide. Star 80 (1983) is about this story, circumstances and subject matter. Any alleged sodomizing and/or necrophilia does not feature in the film ending of Star 80 (1983).
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After the death of Dorothy Stratten, director Peter Bogdanovich turned his back to his first avocation of film-making, and wrote a memoir to his dead love called "The Killing of the Unicorn: Dorothy Stratten (1960-1980)" (1984), first published the following year after Star 80 (1983) debuted. The book was a riposte to Teresa Carpenter's 1981 "Death of a Playmate" article written for 'The Village Voice' that had won the Feature Writing Pulitzer Prize. Carpenter had lambasted Bogdanovich and Hugh M. Hefner, claiming that Stratten allegedly was as much a victim of them as she was of Paul Snider. The article served as the basis of Star 80 (1983), in which Bogdanovich was portrayed under the fictional name of director Aram Nicholas (portrayed by Roger Rees). Bogdanovich has since decried Star 80 for being inaccurate and called it "a piece of shit," while acknowledging that he'd never personally met Snider.
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