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Stella (1990)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Stella Claire
... Ed Munn
... Jenny Claire
... Stephen Dallas
... Janice Morrison
... Mrs. Wilkerson
... Debbie Whitman
... Jim Uptegrove
... Pat Robbins
John Bell ... Bob Morrison
... Jenny (age 3)
... Jenny (age 8)
... Security Guard
Bob Gerchen ... Bartender
Willie Rosario ... Dancing Waiter
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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

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Drama | Romance

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2 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Minha Mãe Stella  »

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$20,240,128
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Trivia

Bette Midler's co-star Linda Hart, was one of the Harlettes back in the 1970s with Midler 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?"
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Connections

References The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Carliforna Dreamin'
Written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips
Performed by The Mamas and the Papas
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Unusually better than the original
7 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

The original with Barbara Stanwyk is saved only by Stanwyk's performance. The story and the other performances are too sickeningly sweet and the film itself is too dated to be really enjoyed today. Bette Midler's version is much more interesting. She is Stella Claire, an independent, free-spirited single woman who gets pregnant and refuses help from her boyfriend (Stephen Collins) or her friend (John Goodman in an underrated performance). She raises her daughter Jenny played so sweetly by Trini Alvarado and then comes to the conclusion that Jenny's father can do better for her and ultimately makes a life-altering decision. Through out the film, there are plenty of laughs, tears and memorable moments mostly between Midler and Alvarado. Marsha Mason co-stars as Jenny's would-be stepmother, who though wealthy turns out to be a very good influence on her. If you like Midler, Goodman or just good films with plenty of emotion you'll enjoy Bette Midler's version of STELLA.


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