6.2/10
2,245
17 user 6 critic

Stella (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 2 February 1990 (USA)
Chronicling a strong, but eccentric woman's devoted relationship to her daughter through the years.

Director:

John Erman

Writers:

Olive Higgins Prouty (novel), Robert Getchell (screenplay)
2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

For the Boys (1991)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

U.S. entertainer Eddie Sparks wants to bring some fun to the soldiers during World War II and contacts singer/dancer Dixie Leonard for help. They become the perfect team and tour from North... See full summary »

Director: Mark Rydell
Stars: Bette Midler, James Caan, George Segal
The Rose (1979)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The tragic life of a self-destructive female rock star who struggles to deal with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless business manager.

Director: Mark Rydell
Stars: Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A bride's divorced parents find their old feelings for each other during the wedding reception and over the course of the next few days upsetting the newlywed's honeymoon.

Director: Carl Reiner
Stars: Bette Midler, Dennis Farina, Paula Marshall
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two women unknowingly share the same man, but when he disappears, both go out looking for him and enter his surprisingly dangerous life.

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Shelley Long, Bette Midler, Peter Coyote
Beaches (1988)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years.

Director: Garry Marshall
Stars: Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard
Big Business (1988)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two couples of sisters from New York and from the countryside discover that they are connected in an incredible way.

Director: Jim Abrahams
Stars: Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Fred Ward
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A rich but troubled family find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.

Director: Paul Mazursky
Stars: Nick Nolte, Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An unsuccessful over-the-top actress becomes a successful over-the-top authoress in this biography of Jacqueline Susann, the famed writer of "Valley of the Dolls" and other trashy novels. ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Bergman
Stars: Bette Midler, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing
Gypsy (TV Movie 1993)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Based on the autobiography of Gypsy Rose Lee, this made-for-TV movie-previously a Broadway smash and a 1962 film-depicts the life and times of a stripper and her domineering mother.

Director: Emile Ardolino
Stars: Bette Midler, Peter Riegert, Cynthia Gibb
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

On their 16th anniversary, a married couple's trip to a Beverly Hills mall becomes the stage for personal revelations and deceptions.

Director: Paul Mazursky
Stars: Bette Midler, Woody Allen, Bill Irwin
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation, without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Bette Midler, Danny DeVito, Judge Reinhold
Jinxed! (1982)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Harold, a professional gambler, and his girlfriend Bonita, a lounge singer, follow Willie, a young blackjack dealer, around the western U.S. Harold has a jinx on Willie and can't lose with ... See full summary »

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Bette Midler, Ken Wahl, Rip Torn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Midler ... Stella Claire
John Goodman ... Ed Munn
Trini Alvarado ... Jenny Claire
Stephen Collins ... Stephen Dallas
Marsha Mason ... Janice Morrison
Eileen Brennan ... Mrs. Wilkerson
Linda Hart ... Debbie Whitman
Ben Stiller ... Jim Uptegrove
William McNamara ... Pat Robbins
John Bell John Bell ... Bob Morrison
Ashley Peldon ... Jenny (age 3)
Alisan Porter ... Jenny (age 8)
Kenneth Kimmins ... Security Guard
Bob Gerchen Bob Gerchen ... Bartender
Willie Rosario Willie Rosario ... Dancing Waiter
Edit

Storyline

Stella is determined, courageous, vulgar, unfashionable...and all her daughter has. Through the trials of teenagehood, to the problems of adulthood, Stella will do anything for Jenny...ending in an selfless, unforgettable sacrifice. Written by Jennifer Valley

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Стелла See more »

Filming Locations:

Boca Raton, Florida, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,311,656, 4 February 1990

Gross USA:

$20,240,128

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,240,128
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

An early scene in the movie sees Bette Midler giving a pretend strip-tease. Her co-worker at the bar is played by Linda Hart. Three years later the actresses co-starred in the made-for-TV production of Gypsy, with Hart in the role as stripper Miss Mazeppa. See more »

Goofs

When Ed leaves Stella's in a huff on Christmas Eve, he slams the front door and the wreath falls off. However, when Stella says goodbye to Jenny, the wreath is hanging up again. See more »

Quotes

Stella Claire: I read them women's magazines, you know? The ones that tell you how to get a better life. They say, "Go in a new direction." I wanna say, "Where's the door? I'll go but where's the goddamn door?"
See more »

Connections

Features Goodbye, Columbus (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Smoke-Mambo
Written by Randy Carlos and D. Lourie
Performed by Randy Carlos And His Orchestra
Courtesy of Fiesta Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Ill-conceived remake
25 December 2015 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I have to confess that I have never seen the 1937 movie "Stella Dallas", which this movie is a remake of. However, after seeing this remake, I'm willing to accept the reports that the original movie is a lot better than this remake. There are a lot of things in this remake that while I can believe would work in a 1937 environment, seem very outdated seen today, or even back in 1990 when the movie was first released, such as the no longer shocking subject of single motherhood. But the dated story elements are just one problem with this movie. Though the movie runs 109 minutes, there are big sections of the movie where things seem very rushed and incomplete; I could not get a real feeling of the bond between mother and daughter, mother and her best male friend (played by John Goodman), or any other relationship. The movie feels like a cinematic Cliff's Note telling of what might have worked in a miniseries. The movie is well acted, I guess, but great performances never manage to hide story and character flaws in a screenplay.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed