Star 80 (1983)




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Fact-based and notorious, this biopic from Bob Fosse chronicles the rapid rise and abrupt, tragic fall of former Playboy centerfold Dorothy Stratten. She may have been a major star had she been able to break free of the abusive husband who eventually killed her and then himself. This was choreographer/filmmaker Bob Fosse's final film.
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Eric Roberts
as Paul Snider
Mariel Hemingway
as Dorothy Stratten
Cliff Robertson
as Hugh Hefner
Carroll Baker
as Dorothy's Mother
Roger Rees
as Aram Nicholas
Josh Mostel
as Private Detective
Lisa Gordon
as Eileen
Sidney Miller
as Nightclub Owner
Keith Hefner
as Photographer
Tina Willson
as Bobo Weller
Sheila Anderson
as Exotic Dancer
Cis Rundle
as Meg Davis
Jordan Christopher
as Peter Rose
Neva Patterson
as Playboy Executive
Robert Fields
as Director
Sandy Wolshin
as Woman M.C.
James Blendick
as Gunseller
Jacqueline Coleman
as Nightclub Dancer
Don Granberry
as Bartender
Stuart Damon
as Vince Roberts
Ernest Thompson
as Phil Wass
Norman Browning
as Detective
Hagen Beggs
as Detective
Bobby Bass
as Hood
Terence Kelly
as Charlie
Dean Hajum
as George
Dan Zaleski
as The Jock
Paul Ryan
as Radio Announcer
Lonny Chin
as Playboy Mansion Guest
Tracy Vaccaro
as Playboy Mansion Guest
Michael Joel Shapiro
as Playboy Assistant
Fred Pierce
as Head Butler
Lorraine Michaels
as Paul's Party Guest
John Horn
as Nightclub Owner
David W. Rose
as Assistant Director
Hagan Beggs
as 2nd Detective
David Cameron
as Paul's Party Guest
Liz Sheridan
as Makeup Woman
Robert Picardo
as Interviewer
Stacey Toten
as Paul's Party Guest
Erica Yohn
as Interviewer
Liis Kailey
as Aram's Assistant
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A truly disturbing performance by Eric Roberts

June 7, 2003
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November 13, 2003
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Pretty unsettling look at a tragic event in the 80s, Fosse does a great job creating the sense of unease, and hes helped by a great performance by Eric Roberts, oscar worthy imo, a shame he never got more high profile roles, his paul is always trying to get ahead, always willing to do anything to get success, but never quite getting there, at least until dorothy comes along, but soon she comes not to need him and tragedy strikes, both hemingway and cliff robertson are good as well, but its roberts who steals the show, i know fosse was primarily a choreographer/musician but this showed he had great skill in film too, very effective 80s synthesizer score too, i know its not 100% factual, but what i think is fosse saw the potential in the real case to make a tragic movie, and it never claims to be a documentary account of the events either, it clearly says it's inspired, def worth checking out

Daniel Sloyan
Daniel Sloyan

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
Melvin White

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Bob Fosse's Boogie Nights. Eric Roberts gives a fantastic psychopathic performance in this heavy drama by the master director.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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