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Portrait of a Showgirl (1982)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 4 May 1982
The story of three Las Vegas showgirls, each at a different stage in her career.

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Bob Merrill
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lesley Ann Warren ... Jillian Brooks
Rita Moreno ... Rosella DeLeon
Dianne Kay ... Marci
Tony Curtis ... Joey DeLeon
Barry Primus ... Dennis Philips
Kip Gilman ... Paul Cooperman
Howard Morris ... Wally Gordon
Hamilton Camp ... Stevie
Floyd Levine ... Selwyn
Douglas Dirkson ... Spangler
Charles Shull Charles Shull ... Wilkerson
Stephen Young ... Congressman
Nicky Blair Nicky Blair ... Jerry
Sharon Thomas Cain Sharon Thomas Cain ... Angela (as Sharon Thomas)
Paul Gale ... Allan
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The story of three Las Vegas showgirls, each at a different stage in her career.

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Jillian escapes from her lover and is hiding behind the glitter of Las Vegas. Now she's alone and frightened...and dancing is the only way she knows to make a living and a new life. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les coulisses du spectacle See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Soundtracks

Applause
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Sung by The Waters Family
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Middling melodrama with some nice period detail
5 June 2017 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

This TV movie tells the stories of three Las Vegas chorus girls as they prepare for a new show at Caesar's Palace.

This melodrama is quite fragmented in nature and doesn't have a main overall focus, splitting its time between the three different women. The dramas depicted include the story of the deluded husband of one of the women played by Tony Curtis who is constantly trying to land a big money deal, while another thread focuses on the succession of unsuitable male partners who orbit around another of the women, including her unfaithful partner who will not leave his wife, a sleazy congressman who wants to use her for sex and an immature younger guy who has a couple of hamsters he treats like people. The dramatics are pretty run-of-the-mill if truth be told and there isn't anything especially standout in this one. But it does have the distinction of being a nice time capsule of early 80's Vegas, a place which has changed a great deal since those days. On the whole, this is a pretty middling melodrama but one with a certain amount of charm.


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