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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.
It was messed up and didn't keep my interest.
Quite disturbing and overall well shot and acted.
Worth watching for Roberts' performance alone. He's slimy and terrifying.
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
Roberts is brilliant as the 'if I can't have you no one will' psychopath in this based on true life drama.
Enquanto realizador, Bob Fosse nunca se acanhou de desmascarar as vidas das celebridades para, com alguma brutalidade, expor o que essas têm de mais trágico e efémero. Fê-lo várias vezes encarando olhos nos olhos os vários cenários problemáticos, como bom aluno de Cassavetes que é, mas nem sempre conseguiu dos seus actores a mesma subtileza que o seu professor obteve em esplendidos filmes de ensemble como "Faces" ou "Opening Night". O derradeiro filme de Fosse, "Star 80", oferece alguns pontos interessantes sobre a fragilidade dos contos de fadas made in Hollywood, mas a sua dupla principal nunca convence por completo na alternância entre o over-acting de Eric Roberts e a passividade de Mariel Hemingway. Bastante inferior a "Lenny" e bem menos memorável, "Star 80" é mesmo assim um filme a ver.
"Star 80" is a devastating look at desperate people falling further and further into chaos, a fall that's captured by Sven Nykvist dark and raw directed by Fosse in a stylized, manic way that sways the viewer's emotions, causing an almost sea-sickness feel. And Eric Roberts as a bi-polar pimp is exceptional in taking his character to his funeral with an intensity that practically shatters the screen.
Eric Roberts gives a really good performance, as does Mariel Hemingway. Interesting to see it from the view of the boyfriend instead of from Dorothy. The recent movie Lovelace seems to have been heavily influences by this movie, and another review on this site calling Star 80 "Bob Fosse's Boogie Nights" is also an apt description. The move to replace Peter Bogdonovich with a fictional character was the right choice at the time, but it'd be a better movie now to have the real director back as a character.
very tragic but well done especially Eric Roberts