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Stella (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  2 February 1990 (USA)
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Stella is determined, courageous, vulgar, unfashionable...and all her daughter has. Through the trials of teenagehood, to the problems of adulthood, Stella will do anything for Jenny...... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Munn
Janice Morrison
Mrs. Wilkerson
Debbie Whitman
Jim Uptegrove
Pat Robbins
John Bell ...
Bob Morrison
Jenny (age 3)
Jenny (age 8)
Security Guard
Bob Gerchen ...
Willie Rosario ...
Dancing Waiter


Stella is determined, courageous, vulgar, unfashionable...and all her daughter has. Through the trials of teenagehood, to the problems of adulthood, Stella will do anything for Jenny...ending in an selfless, unforgettable sacrifice. Written by Jennifer Valley

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Release Date:

2 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Minha Mãe Stella  »

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$20,240,128 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


An early scene in the movie sees Bette Midler giving a pretend strip-tease. Her co-worker at the bar is played by Linda Hart. Three years later the actresses co-starred in the made-for-TV production of Gypsy, with Hart in the role as stripper Miss Mazeppa. See more »


When Ed leaves Stella's in a huff on Christmas Eve, he slams the front door and the wreath falls off. However, when Stella says goodbye to Jenny, the wreath is hanging up again. See more »


References Rachel, Rachel (1968) See more »


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The Divine Miss M bites the dust.
5 August 1999 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

I can sympathise with Bette Midler's desire to extend her range, especially following her personal triumph in "Beaches". Throughout "Stella" she bears evidence of a thinking, intelligent actress, and she has my profound admiration for that. But good intentions do not make for a good movie, nor indeed for a good performance. As the redoubtable Stella Dallas - so memorably played by Barbara Stanwyck in 1937 - Midler gives an hysterically over detailed performance. Straining pathetically for heart throbs, she makes herself look more than a little ridiculous - and for a woman who started her career singing in a gay bath house, that's saying something.

But whilst I can't see the film as more than the standard mother-love soap opera, its good to see an actress daring to hang herself in public. Her performance doesn't really work, but the effort in itself is fascinating, and at times she comes so close to making us believe in the film.

With a stronger director and a better script this might have been something special. But Midler has had to carry it alone, and that's simply no way to treat the Divine one.

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