Star 80 (1983)




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Director Bob Fosse's fact-based tale of Playboy centerfold Dorothy Stratten's short life and gruesome death focuses less on Stratten (played by Mariel Hemingway) than on her husband/manager, sleazoid pornographer and all-around failure Paul Snider (Eric Roberts, ideally cast). He sees the young beauty as his meal ticket and sets out to pimp her in the adult entertainment business. He marries her and appoints himself her career manager; soon after, she attracts the attention of Playboy executives … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Bob Fosse
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On DVD: Nov 10, 1998
Warner Home Video


as Paul Snider

as Dorothy Stratten

as Hugh Hefner

as Dorothy's Mother

as Aram Nicholas

as Private Detective

as Nightclub Owner

as Photographer

as Bobo Weller

as Exotic Dancer

as Meg Davis

as Playboy Executive

as Director

as Woman M.C.

as Gunseller

as Nightclub Dancer

as Bartender

as Vince Roberts

as Phil Wass

as Detective

as Detective

as Charlie

as George

as The Jock

as Playboy Mansion Gues...

as Radio Announcer

as Playboy Mansion Gues...

as Playboy Assistant

as Paul's Party Guest

as Head Butler

as Nightclub Owner

as Assistant Director

as 2nd Detective

as Paul's Party Guest

as Makeup Woman

as Interviewer

as Paul's Party Guest

as Interviewer

as Aram's Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Star 80

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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A truly disturbing performance by Eric Roberts

June 7, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Audience Reviews for Star 80

Snider: Well, you can take your magazine, your mansion and your movies and shove'em all up your ass.

Star 80 is an amazing look at the celebrity life style and how it can affect a relationship. Eric Roberts and especially Merial Hemingway give fantastic performances. Roberts plays Paul Snider, a sleazy, fast talking womanizer who meets Dorothy(Hemmingway) who is working at a Dairy Queen. He sees how beautiful she is and soon she is posing nude for Playboy, marrying Paul and starring in movies. Soon Paul's jealousy starts to get in the way of the relationship though. 

Hemingway is amazing as a young, beautiful Playboy model who never loses her innocence. She's always charming and sweet, while Paul is always angry and paranoid. I guess opposites do attract. Bob Fosse really did a great job with his direction. The story is brilliantly told and well paced. We see little flashes of interviews interwoven with the story and also flashes of Paul Snider going nuts, which is giving little hints of what's to come. 

The movie turned out to be a lot more then I thought it would be. From the summary it sounded like it would be a fun movie, but probably not the great. Now after seeing it I can say it was entertaining film, but definitely not a fun one and also that it is a great movie. Star 80 is an underrated and under appreciated movie. If I brought it up with some friends, I highly doubt any of them will have heard of it. It's just not a big name classic movie. That's a little depressing because it should be. It's truly a magnificent film.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Bob Fosse's Boogie Nights.

Eric Roberts gives a fantastic psychopathic performance in this heavy drama by the master director.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


A depressing, uncompromising, but brilliantly filmed and acted portrait of a tragedy. Mariel Hemingway stars as Dorothy Stratten, the Playboy playmate of the year who was murdered in 1980 by her estranged husband (an equally impressive portrayal by Eric Roberts) she had outgrown. The movie paints bleak portrait of her life, times, and death.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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