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Star 80
     

Star 80

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Director: Bob Fosse, Mariel Hemingway, Eric Roberts, Cliff Robertson

Cast: Bob Fosse, Mariel Hemingway, Eric Roberts, Cliff Robertson

 

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Director Bob Fosse's fact-based tale of Playboy centerfold Dorothy Stratten's short life and gruesome death focuses less on Stratten (played by Mariel Hemingway) than on her husband/manager, sleazoid pornographer and all-around failure Paul Snider (Eric Roberts, ideally cast). He sees the young beauty as his meal ticket and sets out to pimp her in the adult

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Director Bob Fosse's fact-based tale of Playboy centerfold Dorothy Stratten's short life and gruesome death focuses less on Stratten (played by Mariel Hemingway) than on her husband/manager, sleazoid pornographer and all-around failure Paul Snider (Eric Roberts, ideally cast). He sees the young beauty as his meal ticket and sets out to pimp her in the adult entertainment business. He marries her and appoints himself her career manager; soon after, she attracts the attention of Playboy executives and wins a spot in the magazine. As her success increases however, so does Snider's alienation as he finds himself left out in the cold. His jealousy begins to consume him; she spurns him on the advice of her new friends; he goes berserk and confronts her. The same murder-suicide inspired the made-for-television Death of a Centerfold. This was choreographer/filmmaker Bob Fosse's final film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Undeniably powerful but also intensely disturbing and difficult to take, Star 80 is a film that seems to want to make a statement but also can't seem to decide what that statement should be. Director-screenwriter Bob Fosse is to blame for this indecisiveness, but also deserves credit for much of the film's impact. The film has the same visual confidence that marks his best work, with editing by Alan Heim that is a key ingredient in the film's effectiveness. Fosse captures a riveting, full-bodied performance from Eric Roberts. Rarely has an actor so willingly committed himself to creating such an unlikeable, alienating character. If anything, Roberts does his job too well. His performance overpowers the film (as the real man overpowered the life of Dorothy Stratten), giving it a center that is so repulsive that most viewers will feel alienated. Had Fosse the writer been as skillful as Fosse the director, he might have found a way of making this work, but too often the script seems to come down on Snider's side, making the viewer feel, in some strange way, complicit in his actions. The script also gives short shrift to Stratten, making her less realized, especially in Mariel Hemingway's vacant performance. Ultimately, despite the considerable skill and talent of the director and male lead, Star 80 is too off-putting to be the important film it wants to be.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2015
UPC:
0888574099282
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
23,302

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mariel Hemingway Dorothy Stratten
Eric Roberts Paul Snider
Cliff Robertson Hugh Hefner
Carroll Baker Dorothy's Mother
Roger Rees Aram Nicholas
David Clennon Geb
Josh Mostel Private Detective
Lisa Gordon Eileen
Sidney Miller Nightclub Owner
Keith Hefner Photographer
Tina Willson Bobo Weller
Shelly Ingram Betty
Sheila Anderson Exotic Dancer
Cis Rundle Meg Davis
Kathryn Witt Robin
Budd Friedman M.C.
Paul Ryan Radio Announcer
Robert Perault Actor
Jordan Christopher Peter Rose
James Luisi Roy
Neva Patterson Playboy Executive
Robert Fields Director
Keenen Ivory Wayans Comic
James Blendick Gunseller
Stuart Damon Vince Roberts
Ernest Thompson Phil Wass
Deborah Geffner Billie
Norman Browning 1st Detective
Bobby Bass 1st Hood
Terence Kelly Charlie
Fred Pierce Head Butler
John Horn Nightclub Owner
David W. Rose Assistant Director
Stanley Kamel Nick
Liz Sheridan Makeup Woman
Robert Picardo Interviewer
Erica Yohn Interviewer
Lonny Chin Playboy Mansion Guest
Tracy Vaccaro Playboy Mansion Guest
Lorraine Michaels Paul's Party Guest
Paul Jabara Actor
Don Granberry Bartender
Hagan Beggs 2nd Detective
David Cameron Paul's Party Guest
Stacey Toten Paul's Party Guest
Gilbert B. Combs Hood
Mariska Hargitay Actor

Technical Credits
Bob Fosse Director,Screenwriter
Grace Blake Associate Producer
Michael S. Bolton Art Director
Ralph Burns Score Composer
Lynne Carrow Casting
Wolfgang Glattes Asst. Director,Producer
Alan Heim Editor
Anne McCulley Set Decoration/Design
Henry Millar Special Effects
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
Kimberley Richardson Set Decoration/Design
David Ronne Sound/Sound Designer
David W. Rose Asst. Director
Jack Gammon Taylor Art Director
John Thomas Special Effects
Kenneth Utt Producer,Production Manager
Tony Walton Production Designer
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Star 80
1. Chapter 1 [3:07]
2. Chapter 2 [3:48]
3. Chapter 3 [2:34]
4. Chapter 4 [4:14]
5. Chapter 5 [2:52]
6. Chapter 6 [4:50]
7. Chapter 7 [4:06]
8. Chapter 8 [2:59]
9. Chapter 9 [3:19]
10. Chapter 10 [4:44]
11. Chapter 11 [4:30]
12. Chapter 12 [4:36]
13. Chapter 13 [2:52]
14. Chapter 14 [1:49]
15. Chapter 15 [5:17]
16. Chapter 16 [3:00]
17. Chapter 17 [2:01]
18. Chapter 18 [4:11]
19. Chapter 19 [3:59]
20. Chapter 20 [4:24]
21. Chapter 21 [3:24]
22. Chapter 22 [2:42]
23. Chapter 23 [4:38]
24. Chapter 24 [4:36]
25. Chapter 25 [3:38]
26. Chapter 26 [4:24]
27. Chapter 27 [1:37]
28. Chapter 28 [2:01]
29. Chapter 29 [2:49]

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Star 80 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bob Fosse's last film is an under appreciated gem. It almost works as a homage to his past greatness (LENNY, ALL THAT JAZZ) but his finale is no swan song. STAR 80 is a moving human tragedy. Eric Roberts steals the film as perpetual loser Paul Snider and creates a measurable film sleeze factor for others to follow. By the way, Mariel Hemmingway looks terrific.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Bob Fosse I have seen. Mariel Hemmingway was well cast as Dorothy Stratton. She was beautiful and fit in the mold as the Hugh Heffner playboy model. She also successfully played the vulnerable girl in the clenching attitude of Paul Snider."Eric Roberts was the man for this part."His pimp like possession of her blooming into gruesome jealousy and attempting to ruin her beginning "career" was well portrayed. The very end was gruesome. The bloody premonitions of the final scene showing his anger and jealousy and final scene rather turned me away from the film.