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Stella (1990)




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Movie Info

An independent woman becomes pregnant and chooses to have the child as a single mother. She struggles to raise her new daughter, facing poverty and other challenges, until she is forced to make a final sacrifice for her daughter's sake. This melodrama is inspired by the 1937 classic Stella Dallas.


Bette Midler
as Stella Claire
Trini Alvarado
as Jenny Claire
John Goodman
as Ed Munn
Stephen Collins
as Stephen Dallas
Eileen Brennan
as Mrs. Wilkerson
Ben Stiller
as Jim Uptegrove
Marsha Mason
as Janice Morrison
Linda Hart
as Debbie Whitman
William McNamara
as Pat Robbins
Ashley Peldon
as Jenny (age 3)
Alisan Porter
as Jenny (age 8)
Kenneth Kimmins
as Security Guard
Bob Gerchen
as Bartender
Willie Rosario
as Dancing Waiter
Rex Robbins
as Minister
Ron White
as Tony De Banza
Justin Louis
as Cocaine Dealer
Ken Kimmins
as Security Guard
Catherine Robbin
as Leider Singer
John Kozak
as Mr. Wilkerson
Rob McClure
as Stephen's Friend
Sam Malkin
as Man in Theatre
Charles W. Gray
as Parent at PTA
Jon Kozak
as Mr. Wilkerson
Terrence Langevin
as Bingo Announcer
Elva Mai Hoover
as Mrs. Hough
Glynis Davies
as Mrs. Douglas
Philip Akin
as Police Officer
Jayne Rager
as Preppy Girl #1
Megan Gallivan
as Preppy Girl #2
Todd Louiso
as Preppy Boy #1
Jeff Nichols (I)
as Preppy Boy #2
Christian Hoover
as Bar Customer #1
James Shannon
as Teenage Heckler
Philip Astor
as Bar Customer #2
Eve Crawford
as Janice's Secretary
Elizabeth Lennie
as Airline Reservation Clerk
Tedd Dillon
as Freddie
Jane Dingle
as Bingo Winner
Jamie Shannon
as Teenage Heckler
Charles Gray
as Parent at PTA
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Critic Reviews for Stella

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

What makes the movie jell are some top-notch performances, especially Midler's.

August 18, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Stella may be corny, but it's got a great big heart.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This is convoluted classist reasoning at its worst.

September 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Stella is, in the end, foiled by a host of negative attributes that conspire to cement the movie's place as a seriously dull little drama.

February 8, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stella


Stick with the Barbara Stanwyck original

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


A great movie!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

Such a simple movie yet so powerful! I don't wanna be mushy and sappy here but yeah. I totally had to shed a few tears for Bette Midler, but it was so worth it because cute movies like these aren't abundant and ESPECIALLY cute mothers like Stella. For the sentimentals and lovers at heart. (geez im practically on the verge of crying just by reminiscing the most ardent scenes... see!!! SEE??!! This is Awesome!!)

Janice :d
Janice :d

Super Reviewer

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