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Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story
     

Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story

Director: Gabrielle Beaumont

Cast: Luca Bercovici, Bibi Besch, Jim Boeke

 
Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story is a surfacy TV-movie rehash of the same real-life events which inspired the 1980 theatrical feature Star 80. Jamie Lee Curtis stars as Dorothy Stratten, here depicted as an ingenuous, highly vulnerable Canadian girl who aspires to show business stardom. Decked out with a generous toupee, Bruce Weitz

Overview

Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story is a surfacy TV-movie rehash of the same real-life events which inspired the 1980 theatrical feature Star 80. Jamie Lee Curtis stars as Dorothy Stratten, here depicted as an ingenuous, highly vulnerable Canadian girl who aspires to show business stardom. Decked out with a generous toupee, Bruce Weitz co-stars as Paul Snyder, the "fringie" who married Dorothy and managed her career. The girl is discovered by Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner, who features Dorothy in a nude foldout spread. As Dorothy's fame grows, Snyder becomes more obsessive and difficult to control. Dorothy tries to make a clean break from Snyder, which culminates in tragedy. Death of a Centerfold initially aired on November 1, 1981.

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This made-for-t.v. depiction of the Dorothy Stratten is well-intentioned but ends up being entertaining for all the wrong reasons. The script chronicles the same series of events later covered in the feature film Star 80 but does so in a clumsy, shallow manner that reduces a real-life tragedy to a particularly banal type of t.v. drama. Director Gabrielle Beaumont gives it a straightforward style and a solid pace but she can't overcome the floridly melodramatic tone of the material. Jamie Lee Curtis delivers a committed performance as Stratten but is a little too quirky in looks and style to be fully convincing as a tragic sex-kitten. However, the film's most memorable performance comes from Bruce Weitz as would-be svengali Paul Snider: he's even more miscast than Curtis and has an awfully-written role so he attempts to combat these problems by devouring the scenery every time he's on camera. As a result, his performance dominates the proceedings and pulls the film into camp-classic territory. In short, Death Of A Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story is a schlocky mess that is best left to bad-film devotees. Those who want a dramatically compelling version of this story should stick to Star 80.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
UPC:
0883316212493
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
33,832

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Luca Bercovici Pooch
Bibi Besch Hilda Flushing
Jim Boeke Lyman
Kale Browne Sidney
Robert Burgos Photographer
Jamie Lee Curtis Dorothy Stratten
Bruce Weitz Paul Snider
Robert Clotworthy Floyd
Karlene Crockett Anna
Nate Esformes Barney
Gloria E. Gifford Jean
Hugh Gillin Max Halloran
Rick Grassi Waiter
Hanna Hertelendy Helen
Steven Hirsch Sherm
Belinda Mayne Girl at mansion #2
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne Lomax
Adam Mills Photographic Assistant
Robert Reed David Palmer
Tracy Reed Mindy
Joe Restivo Artie
Mitchell Ryan Hugh Hefner
Rodney Saulsberg Reggie
Fred Smith Bartender
Mark Withers Billy Compton
Cameron Young Attendant
Twyla Littleton Twyla

Technical Credits
Gabrielle Beaumont Director
Patrick W. Cummings Costumes/Costume Designer
John D. Jefferies Production Designer
Donald E. Stewart Screenwriter
Roger Webb Score Composer

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