Star 80

Star 80

DVD - 2014
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A successful young model finds trouble when her obsessive manager-turned-husband becomes dangerously jealous. Based on the true story of 1980 Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten.
Publisher: [Burbank, Calif.] : Warner Bros. Entertainment, [2014]
Branch Call Number: MOVIE STA
Language Note: Closed-captioned
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Alternative Title: Star eighty

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NeoNoir
Mar 07, 2020

Yeah. If I were you I'd actually think twice (and, maybe, even thrice) about whether I really wanted to view "Star 80" (from 1983).

This film's mega-depressing story is loosely based on the "real-life" murder of Playboy Playmate, Dorothy Stratten (who was just 20 at the time of her demise).

Not only is "Star 80" something of a choppy roller-coaster ride that leaves a helluva lot to be desired (as far as its soap opera-ish story goes) - But, the performances of its two main actors, Mariel Hemingway and Eric Roberts certainly prove to be something of a disappointment, as well.

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ManMachine
Oct 15, 2018

Unfortunately, because we are all familiar with the details of the real-life story behind the Dorothy Stratten/Playboy Playmate murder case back in 1980 - "Star 80" (directed by Bob Fosse) does not offer the viewer any noteworthy surprise twists in order to keep its story interesting.

Eric Roberts, as Paul Snider, Stratten's promoter, husband, and leech, put in a decidedly frenzied performance that came dangerously close to being serious scenery-chewing far too often.

And, Mariel Hemingway, as Dorothy Stratten, a former Vancouver Dairy Queen employee, put in such a subdued performance that she almost became a non-entity incapable of lighting up the screen with her presence.

*Note* - "Star 80" not only contains both female and male nudity, but it also features some very intense sexual situations, as well.

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