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The Users (1978)

A beautiful girl from a small town with dreams of making it in Hollywood marries an actor whose career is fading, then schemes to get him back into the big time - and her with him.


Joseph Hardy


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaclyn Smith ... Elena Scheider
Tony Curtis ... Randy Brent
Red Buttons ... Warren Ambrose
Alan Feinstein ... Marty Lesky
Joan Fontaine ... Grace St. George
John Forsythe ... Reade Jamieson
George Hamilton ... Adam Baker
Darren McGavin ... Henry Waller
Carrie Nye Carrie Nye ... Nancy Baker
Michelle Phillips ... Marina Brent
Michael Baseleon ... Harvey Parkes
John Pleshette ... Kip Nathan
Joanne Linville ... Elena's Mother
Douglas Warner Douglas Warner ... Andrew Lyons
Army Archerd ... Army Archerd


A beautiful girl from a small town with dreams of making it in Hollywood marries an actor whose career is fading, then schemes to get him back into the big time - and her with him.

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In Hollywood they know how to use people for pleasure and profit. See more »









Release Date:

1 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dalande stjärna See more »

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Glossy H-wood garbage...a gossip-column turned teleplay!
23 February 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Jaclyn Smith is a decent actress; with no real acting experience at the time Aaron Spelling put her in "Charlie's Angels", she never embarrassed herself on that show (especially the early episodes where she actually showed some spunk). Unfortunately, no one has been able to tap that sassy side of her since. She has played all different types of characters, but the only TV-movie she's made that left an indelible impression on me was "Rage Of Angels", a decent potboiler with Smith doing B+ work. "The Users" presents her as a muse to a faded Hollywood hack, climbing the ladder of celebrity herself only to find Lotus Land full of backbiters. Is any of this new? No. It is enjoyable anyway? Occasionally, yes. It's a melodramatic soap opera with tatty, now-dated trappings. I didn't much mind the television budget or the sudsy dialogue. I did, however, want to see Jaclyn Smith give a stronger performance. When will Aaron Spelling work his magic on her again?

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