Starstruck (1982)





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Star Struck is a light, frothy pop-culture musical comedy from Australia, where Jackie (Jo Kennedy) dreams of becoming a singing star and her cousin Angus (Ross O'Donovan) thinks he has what it takes to be a successful manager. After a spot at the hip club in town (wearing a kangaroo suit) fails to win Jackie any paying gigs, Angus enters her in a major talent competition to be held on New Year's Eve. If Jackie wins, her career is assured, and the $25,000 grand prize will help keep her parents' cafe open. But can Jackie stand the pressure? Will the band get it together in time? And will Angus ever get a girl? Star Struck plays like a mid-1980s "New Wave" variation on an old "Let's Put On A Show!" teenage musical, with tunes by Phil Judd and Tim Finn of the popular New Zealand band Split Enz. Keep your eyes peeled for a bit part played by Geoffrey Rush, 14 years before he would win an Oscar for his work in Shine. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Cult Movies , Musical & Performing Arts
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Jo Kennedy
as Jackie Mullens
Ross O'Donovan
as Angus Mullens
Pat Evison
as Nana
Margo Lee
as Pearl
Ned Lander
as Robbie
Melissa Jaffer (II)
as Mrs. Booth
John O'May
as Terry Lambert
Buster Stiggs
as On of the Swingers
Phil Judd
as The Swinger
Dwayne Hillman
as One of The Swingers
Ian Gilroy
as One of The Swingers
Ian Spence
as Spider
Peter Davies
as Timpany
Carol Burns
as Teacher
Pat Rooney
as Bouncer
Warren Lewis
as Schoolboy 2
Lucky Grills
as Brewery Truckdriver
Syd Heylen
as Pub Regular
John Sheerin
as Policeman
Michael Moody
as Rescue Ladderman
Rainee Skinner
as Rock Photographer
David Garfield
as Aggresive Drunk
Brian Blain
as Brewery Executive
Geoffrey Rush
as Floor Manager
Katherine Romaine
as Make-up Artist
Kay Eklund
as Wardrobe Lady
Stuart Campbell
as TV Director
Kaarin Fairfax (II)
as Ice Cream Girl
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Critic Reviews for Starstruck

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Full Review… | May 18, 2011
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Australia New Wave musical has lots of energy, plus smoking.

Full Review… | August 9, 2012
Common Sense Media

Flaky effervescence

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

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Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Starstruck


A lot of fun, though a period of it's time. Catchy music will appeal to those who grew up in the 80's.

Steve K
Steve K

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What was most ironic is that I didn't feel the lead actress had any kind of star appeal, but the actor who plays her cousin/manager stole the freaking show. He was so unbearably hilarious I just wanted to eat him. And while the musical productions were a blast, I could rarely understand the lyrics because of the Australian accents and New Wave production.

Adam Perkes
Adam Perkes

I loved this cool Australian 80's movie. Very cheesy, but so funny and great. ;) One of my favorite 80's movies. ;) It's quite charming back in the day, and brings back some 80's memories. :)

Donna Dawson
Donna Dawson

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