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Star Maps (1997)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 23 July 1997 (USA)
Carlos wants to be an actor. But his father, Pepe, wants him to work in the family business, that is, male prostitution. Carlos decides that he will be one of his father's boys until he can... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Amado
Pepe Amato
Martha Velez ...
Teresa Amato
Lysa Flores ...
Maria Amato
Annette Murphy ...
Letti, Pepe's Girlfriend
Vincent Chandler ...
Juancito Amato
Fred Marin
Jeffrey Sanna ...
Frank Rivers (as Jeff Sanna)
Jeff Michalski ...
Carmel County Writer
Alejandro Parra ...
Star Map Boy
Caesar Garcia ...
Star Map Boy


Carlos wants to be an actor. But his father, Pepe, wants him to work in the family business, that is, male prostitution. Carlos decides that he will be one of his father's boys until he can get his foot in the door in Hollywood. Finally one of his clients, a rich soap star, offers him a bit part in her show. Pepe tell Carlos that she is just using him and demands that he not see the women any longer. Carlos defies his father and when his big day comes he is finds out the harsh realities of life are even harsher than he imagined. Written by Mark Babcock <encephalon@msn.com>

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In Hollywood every dream has a price. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and language, and for violence | See all certifications »





Release Date:

23 July 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Calçada da Fama  »

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Opening Weekend:

$87,028 (USA) (25 July 1997)


$592,573 (USA) (5 September 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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Carlos Amado: Princess, the great difference between people in this world is not the difference between the rich and the poor, or the good and the evil. The biggest of all differences in this world is between those that had or have pleasure in love and those that haven't or hadn't any pleasure in love. I don't mean just ordinary love or the kind you can buy. I mean great love.
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References Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) See more »


Written by Christian Basso and Diego Frenkel
Performed by ¨La Portuaria¨
Courtesy of EMI Argentina
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Gut Wrenching
11 July 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

I went into this movie only knowing via the IMDb that this was a " comedy drama " featuring a protagonist called Carlos who dreams of being an actor . This is something many people registered over at the IMDb can relate too , we all dream of being stars in Hollywood , not necessarily movie stars ( It's screen writing with me chaps ) but obviously we want to make a success of our lives . So I sat down on the sofa with a cup of tea to watch this comedy drama

Teenager Carlos lives with his stepfather Pepe and sick mother along with his brother and sister . Luckily Pepe is well connected in Hollywood and can get Carlos " work " which beats selling Star Maps on street corners . Oh hold on this " work " involves Carlos stripping naked and letting men do sexual things to Carlos . OMFG you mean Pepe is pimping his stepson ! Who's the idiot who wrote off to the IMDb saying that this was a comedy drama ?

Let me warn everybody coming to this entry that STAR MAPS is a bleak , depressing , nihilistic movie where the audience never feel like smiling once . It's very much like a Larry Clark movie containing unlikable characters and rather explicit sex There's a scene where Maria ( Carlos sister )invites her boyfriend round for dinner and as soon as he sat down at the table I had to switch over because you soon cotton onto the fact that if someone is about to experience anything resembling happiness someone else is going to enter the scene and take it away from them as sure as night follows day

This is something of a backhanded compliment to writer/director Miguel Arteta because you genuinely care for the characters in the movie , you feel great sympathy for some of them but because the majority are shown as freaks , pimps and whores it becomes very difficult and despite being very involving it's far from entertaining due to the subject matter .

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