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Starstruck (1982)

Young woman wants to become the next big singer with the help of her friends and despite the wishes of her working class family.

Director:

Gillian Armstrong

Writer:

Stephen MacLean (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joey Kennedy ... Jackie Mullens (as Jo Kennedy)
Ross O'Donovan Ross O'Donovan ... Angus Mullens
Margo Lee Margo Lee ... Pearl
Max Cullen ... Reg
Pat Evison Pat Evison ... Nana
John O'May John O'May ... Terry
Dennis Miller Dennis Miller ... Lou
Norman Erskine Norman Erskine ... Hazza
Melissa Jaffer ... Mrs. Booth
Philip Judd Philip Judd ... One of The Swingers
Dwayne Hillman Dwayne Hillman ... One of The Swingers
Ian Gilroy Ian Gilroy ... One of The Swingers
Ned Lander Ned Lander ... Robbie
Mark Little ... Carl
Ian Spence Ian Spence ... Spider
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Storyline

Young woman wants to become the next big singer with the help of her friends and despite the wishes of her working class family.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Australia's favourite musical comedy See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Ross O'Donovan was seventeen years old and portraying the lead character Angus who was fourteen years of age which was three years younger than the actor was at the time of filming. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the "Gimme Love" number, Jackie and Angus are briefly seen dancing on the nightclub floor several moments before they actually arrive at the club on their motorcycle. (This continuity error is not present in an alternative take of the sequence that features on the DVD as an extra.) See more »

Quotes

Angus: Star quality, Aunt Pearl, that's what she's got. Star quality.
Pearl: Star quality, eh? And what might that be?
AngusJackie: It's that LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA!
Pearl: Yeah? Well so is bullshit, and you're both full of it.
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Alternate Versions

One of the US home video versions deletes the first chorus of the title song. The original US cable version deleted the song "It's Not Enough." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Starstruck: A Screenwriter Reflects (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Gimme Love
Performed by The Swingers
Written by Philip Judd, Dwayne Hillman, Buster Stiggs
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Edited from original release, but still fun
17 May 2007 | by DRommSee all my reviews

The director of "My Brilliant Career", the Production Designer of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", a choreographer working without trained dancers, several script writers and many composers bring a low-budget post-punk vitality to Sydney Australia.

As the commentary on the DVD mentions, the prints of Starstruck seem to have been severely cut in different releases, and this print has at least one song hacked out of the release I saw in 1982. Still, the bouncy energy survives. Teenage lust and ambition are tempered with working class family values. The homage to Richard Lester and gay Busby Berkeley routine are still hilarious, and the finale will have your toes a-tapping.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Starstruck See more »

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Budget:

AUD2,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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