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Stardust Memories (1980)

While attending a retrospective of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films.

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Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Sandy Bates
Charlotte Rampling ... Dorrie
Jessica Harper ... Daisy
Marie-Christine Barrault ... Isobel
Tony Roberts ... Tony
Daniel Stern ... Actor
Amy Wright ... Shelley
Helen Hanft ... Vivian Orkin
John Rothman ... Jack Abel
Anne De Salvo ... Sandy's Sister
Joan Neuman Joan Neuman ... Sandy's Mother
Ken Chapin Ken Chapin ... Sandy's Father
Leonardo Cimino ... Sandy's Analyst
Eli Mintz ... Old Man
Bob Maroff Bob Maroff ... Jerry Abraham
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Storyline

Renowned filmmaker Sandy Bates is in a professional transition, directing largely comedies early in his career now wanting to direct more serious movies so that he can explore the meaning of life, most specifically his own. Most are fighting him all along the way, including the movie going public, who continually tell him that they love his movies especially the earlier funny ones, to studio executives who are trying to insert comic elements wherever possible into his current movie in production. He reluctantly agrees to attend a weekend long film festival of his movies. Despite the throng of requests for his time, he is further able to reflect on his life as he addresses the questions at the post screening Q&A sessions. He also reflects specifically on his love life as his current girlfriend, married Isobel, shows up unexpectedly, and as he starts to fall for festival attendee Daisy - at the festival with her Columbia professor boyfriend, Jack Abel - who reminds him of Dorrie, a ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Persian

Release Date:

26 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Recuerdos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$326,779, 28 September 1980

Gross USA:

$10,389,003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,389,003
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This was the only film directed by Woody Allen between Sleeper (1973) and Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) in which neither Diane Keaton nor Mia Farrow appear. See more »

Quotes

Vivian Orkin: In this film, he played the part of God.
Ghost of Sandy Bates: This was not easy, folks, because, uh, you know, I-I-I didn't know what the hell I was doing, and I don't have a good voice for God.
Vivian Orkin: And he received an Academy Award for his convincing portrayal of God... although they had to use another actor's voice.
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Soundtracks

Three Little Words
(1930)
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Arranged by Kirk Nurock
Performed by The Jazz Heaven Orchestra (as Jazz Heaven Orchestra)
Sung by Judith Roberts
Danced by Barry Weiss
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An Allen Classic
15 April 1999 | by Slothrop-7See all my reviews

In my opinion, Stardust Memories is Allen's greatest achievement. The film perceptively explores the relationships between art and reality, between the artist and his work, between the work and its consumers. Beyond its philosophic concerns though, this is also an incredibly funny film. There are more genuinely funny moments within this serious film than in many of Allen's earlier pure comedies. It skewers the movie industry, the movie-going public, Allen's own earlier work, Allen's present insecurities (surprise!), and a number of other targets. Intelligent, thought provoking, and at times hilarious, this film is an overlooked gem in the Allen canon.


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