Star 80 1983

Star 80

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When sleazy Paul Snider (Eric Roberts) stumbles upon pretty high school beauty Dorothy Stratten (Mariel Hemingway), he knows she is star material. Paul becomes her manager and husband, and under his guidance Dorothy grows to fame as a Playboy Playmate. But when Dorothy begins pursuing an acting career, the jealous Paul finds himself elbowed out of the picture by more famous men. Dorothy's career rises as Paul's mental state declines, leading ultimately to tragedy.

Cast & Crew

Mariel Hemingway
Dorothy Stratten
Eric Roberts
Paul Snider
Carroll Baker
Dorothy's Mother
Roger Rees
Aram Nicholas
Josh Mostel
Private Detective
Sidney Miller
Nightclub Owner
Bob Fosse
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Teresa Carpenter
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Grace Blake
Associate Producer
Ralph Burns
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Sven Nykvist
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Alan Heim
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Critic Reviews for Star 80

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Audience Reviews for Star 80

  • Dec 04, 2018
    Eric Roberts melds charm, sleaze, and volatility into one unsettling performance. That said, If the movie was a little more focused on Hemingway it could have been a masterpiece.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2011
    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 W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2008
    Eric roberts is great in a mediocre film.
    The M Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2007
    Bob Fosse's Boogie Nights. Eric Roberts gives a fantastic psychopathic performance in this heavy drama by the master director.
    Ken S Super Reviewer

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