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Star 80 (1983)

A successful young model finds trouble when her obsessive manager-turned-husband becomes dangerously jealous. Based on the true story of 1980 Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten.

Director:

Bob Fosse

Writers:

Teresa Carpenter (article), Bob Fosse

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mariel Hemingway ... Dorothy
Eric Roberts ... Paul
Cliff Robertson ... Hugh Hefner
Carroll Baker ... Dorothy's Mother
Roger Rees ... Aram Nicholas
David Clennon ... Geb
Josh Mostel ... Private Detective
Lisa Gordon Lisa Gordon ... Eileen
Sidney Miller ... Nightclub Owner
Keith Hefner Keith Hefner ... Photographer
Tina Willson ... Bobo Weller
Shelly Ingram Shelly Ingram ... Betty
Sheila Anderson Sheila Anderson ... Exotic Dancer
Cis Rundle ... Meg Davis
Kathryn Witt Kathryn Witt ... Robin
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Storyline

Paul Snider is a narcissistic, small time hustler who fancies himself a ladies man. His life changes when he meets Dorothy Stratten working behind the counter of a Dairy Queen. Dorothy is a pretty but naive high school senior. Paul immediately falls for Dorothy, who sees in Paul a wise, worldly person unlike herself. Paul believes Dorothy is Playboy material, the magazine he sees as only a springboard to bigger and better things. Paul's dream does become a reality: not only does Dorothy eventually marry him, she becomes the August 1979 Playboy Playmate and ultimately Playboy Playmate of 1979, which does indeed lead to the start of an acting career. As Dorothy's star rises, Paul's life is one of a hanger-on as those in Dorothy's new circle, including Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner and movie director Aram Nicholas, don't much like Paul. Paul is unable to eke out a life of his own without using Dorothy's name, which she increasingly is reluctant to provide to her husband. Those that know ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bob Fosse's Star 80 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$233,312, 13 November 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,472,990
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Ladd Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Star Eric Roberts once said of model-actress Dorothy Stratten who is portrayed in the film by actress Mariel Hemingway: "Obviously beautiful and sexy, she was nice, good, naive, an easy target for a man with the drive of a Paul Snider". See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film (at the layer's last appearance), an overhead boom mic is visible as he talks on the phone. After the lines: 'Operator, can you check on a number for me?' See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dorothy Stratten: When the editor of Playboy told I'd won the Playmate of the Year, the first thing out of my mouth was,"Are you sure?"
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Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to Paddy Chayefsky See more »

Alternate Versions

ABC edited 12 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Becoming Fosse (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
Music by Lyrics by Billy Joel
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30 June 2005 | by aminthepm2001See all my reviews

When a performer can make you love and hate their character, feel pity, shame, worry, and all of the above simultaneously, that is great acting. Eric Roberts achieves all this and more ! Only Shirley Booth in "Come Back Little Sheba" and Eric Roberts in "Star 80" have had this kind of impact on me. Incredible film. Sort of off-topic now, but if you look closely, you will see "Victoria Porter" from "All That Jazz" as an auto show "hostess" and the dance mistress/choreographer's assistant, also from "ATJ" as a script supervisor during a movie filming scene. The entire film was very believable! Had a right here, right now feeling to it.


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