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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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Trivia

About just under thirty years after this movie was made and released, a similarly titled unrelated French language film was made and released called Stars 80 (2012), which debuted around twenty-nine years after Star 80 (1983). See more »

Goofs

A bloody hand straps a body to the table, but moments later a wide shot shows the body on the floor and the table is nowhere to be seen. 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 Entourage: Vegas Baby, Vegas! (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

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Music by Ralph Burns
Lyrics by Michael Tronick
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Eric Roberts dominates.
19 May 1999 | by Hermit C-2See all my reviews

Eric Roberts stole the show big time in this movie. He created one of the most despicable characters in all movie history, the small-time hustler Paul Snider. From the moment early on in the film when he's seen practicing his falsely sincere greetings in a mirror, the viewer takes an instant dislike to him. As he manipulates the naive and beautiful Dorothy Stratton (Mariel Hemingway) for his own selfish purposes the feeling gets almost exponentially larger. Hemingway is unlucky in a way to have to go up against such a dominating performance. She can't hope to match it, but she does a good enough job to make the film work. Cliff Robertson is excellent in the role of Hugh Hefner, which probably wasn't an easy situation, given that that man is both a well-known figure yet still a mysterious legend to some. Contrary to what a lot of people thought, I don't think Hefner came out looking that badly in the way that he was portrayed. This was a sad and ugly story but he wasn't the villain.

The movie serves as an epitaph to an ordinary young woman with extraordinary beauty who never had a chance once she got in the clutches of such a self-serving user. For me the most painfully sad moment in the movie came when Dorothy's mother (Carroll Baker) contemptuously tells Snider, "She never even used to go around in her bathrobe before you came along."

This movie is obviously not a lot of laughs but it's still worthwhile, especially for the outstanding performance of Roberts.


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