• Star 80 (2003)

Star 80

Release Date: April 20th, 2003

DVD Release Date: November 10th, 1998

R |1 hr 44 min

Plot Summary

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: Mariel Hemingway, Eric Roberts, Cliff Robertson, Carroll Baker, Roger Rees, David Clennon, Josh Mostel, Sidney Miller

Director: Bob Fosse

Genres: Drama , Biography

Production Co: The Ladd Company

Distributors: Warner Home VĂ­deo, Warner Bros.

Keywords: Dark, Rise, Husband, Fall, 1970s, Gritty, Murder, Revenge, Los Angeles

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Bob ThomasThe Associated Press

    The story of centerfold girl Dorothy Stratton has been told before, in a television movie and countless articles. But Fosse gives it new and immediate strength through his superior talent as a filmmaker. [7 Nov 1983]

  • 88
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Fosse carries the movie to its conclusion steadily and superlatively, with a directness that is devastating and with a depth of insight that ameliorates, if only slightly, the ghastliness of the carefully choreographed images. [10 Nov 1983]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    I think this is an important movie. Devastating, violent, hopeless, and important, because it holds a mirror up to a part of the world we live in, and helps us see it more clearly. In particular, it examines the connection between fame and obscurity, between those who have a moment of praise and notoriety, and those who see themselves condemned to stand always at the edge of the spotlight. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama