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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
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star 80 See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,472,990

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

Prior to this cinema movie being made and released, a telemovie Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story (1981), had already covered the same story and subject matter, effectively making Star 80 (1983) a form of remake. In that telefilm, first broadcast around a couple of years earlier, Mitchell Ryan played Hugh Hefner, Bruce Weitz portrayed Paul Snider, and Jamie Lee Curtis starred as Dorothy Stratten. This television movie shared a similar title to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Feature Writing Award article "Death of a Playmate" by Teresa Carpenter which had been first published in 'The Village Voice' newspaper in the same 1981 year. See more »

Goofs

While Paul harangues Dorothy about her upcoming trip to New York while she soaks in the bathtub her face and hair are alternately wet/dry between shots. 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 Lie Down with Dogs (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

OVERKILL
Music and Lyrics by Ralph Burns
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

Eric Roberts best performance.
3 December 1999 | by yenloSee all my reviews

Eric Roberts was clearly the `STAR' of Star 80. His performance as the self proclaimed Gods gift to Women character Paul Snider is really what makes this film. He makes the viewer take an instant dislike to him from his opening scene and carries it all the way through. Mariel Heminways portrayal of the ill fated Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten is maybe lukewarm marginal. Cliff Robertson is cast as Hugh Hefner but somehow doesn't seem right for the role.

Sadly this was in fact a true tragic story. See it for no other reason than Eric Roberts superb portrayal of the seven letter word usually considered vulgar meaning a stupid, incompetent or detestable person boyfriend/husband/manager of Dorothy Stratten. Vastly superior to the alternate version 1981's Death of A Centerfold.


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