Star 80 (1983) - Rotten Tomatoes

Star 801983

Star 80 (1983)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Star 80 Photos

Movie Info

Fact-based and notorious, this biopic from Bob Fosse chronicles the rapid rise and abrupt, tragic fall of former Playboy centerfold Dorothy Stratten. She may have been a major star had she been able to break free of the abusive husband who eventually killed her and then himself. This was choreographer/filmmaker Bob Fosse's final film.

Watch it now


Eric Roberts
as Paul Snider
Mariel Hemingway
as Dorothy Stratten
Cliff Robertson
as Hugh Hefner
Carroll Baker
as Dorothy's Mother
Roger Rees
as Aram Nicholas
Josh Mostel
as Private Detective
Sidney Miller
as Nightclub Owner
Keith Hefner
as Photographer
Tina Willson
as Bobo Weller
Sheila Anderson
as Exotic Dancer
Cis Rundle
as Meg Davis
Neva Patterson
as Playboy Executive
Robert Fields
as Director
Sandy Wolshin
as Woman M.C.
James Blendick
as Gunseller
Jacqueline Coleman
as Nightclub Dancer
Don Granberry
as Bartender
Stuart Damon
as Vince Roberts
Ernest Thompson
as Phil Wass
Norman Browning
as Detective
Hagen Beggs
as Detective
Dean Hajum
as George
Dan Zaleski
as The Jock
Lonny Chin
as Playboy Mansion Guest
Paul Ryan
as Radio Announcer
Tracy Vaccaro
as Playboy Mansion Guest
Michael Joel Shapiro
as Playboy Assistant
Lorraine Michaels
as Paul's Party Guest
Fred Pierce
as Head Butler
John Horn
as Nightclub Owner
David W. Rose
as Assistant Director
Hagan Beggs
as 2nd Detective
David O. Cameron
as Paul's Party Guest
Liz Sheridan
as Makeup Woman
Robert Picardo
as Interviewer
Stacey Toten
as Paul's Party Guest
Erica Yohn
as Interviewer
Liis Kailey
as Aram's Assistant
View All

News & Interviews for Star 80

Critic Reviews for Star 80

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

The movie seems to be saying: These things happen. After it was over, I felt bad for Dorothy Stratten. In fact, for everybody.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The film frames domestic abuse and an American tragedy with forensic detail.

April 6, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Certain splendid details... justify, in part, the director's ambitions. [Full Review in Spanish]

February 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Bob Fosse, who delivered a razzle-dazzle like no other director, couldn't help but convey with a horrifying verisimilitude the darkest side of the glamorous life he cherished.

February 5, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a fairly straightforward premise that's employed to pedestrian and mostly uninvolving effect...

December 4, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's a film of constant, agonizing rejection, almost impossible to sit through but even harder to forget.

December 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Star 80


Eric Roberts melds charm, sleaze, and volatility into one unsettling performance. That said, If the movie was a little more focused on Hemingway it could have been a masterpiece.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

Snider: Well, you can take your magazine, your mansion and your movies and shove'em all up your ass. Star 80 is an amazing look at the celebrity life style and how it can affect a relationship. Eric Roberts and especially Merial Hemingway give fantastic performances. Roberts plays Paul Snider, a sleazy, fast talking womanizer who meets Dorothy(Hemmingway) who is working at a Dairy Queen. He sees how beautiful she is and soon she is posing nude for Playboy, marrying Paul and starring in movies. Soon Paul's jealousy starts to get in the way of the relationship though.  Hemingway is amazing as a young, beautiful Playboy model who never loses her innocence. She's always charming and sweet, while Paul is always angry and paranoid. I guess opposites do attract. Bob Fosse really did a great job with his direction. The story is brilliantly told and well paced. We see little flashes of interviews interwoven with the story and also flashes of Paul Snider going nuts, which is giving little hints of what's to come.  The movie turned out to be a lot more then I thought it would be. From the summary it sounded like it would be a fun movie, but probably not the great. Now after seeing it I can say it was entertaining film, but definitely not a fun one and also that it is a great movie. Star 80 is an underrated and under appreciated movie. If I brought it up with some friends, I highly doubt any of them will have heard of it. It's just not a big name classic movie. That's a little depressing because it should be. It's truly a magnificent film.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Bob Fosse's Boogie Nights. Eric Roberts gives a fantastic psychopathic performance in this heavy drama by the master director.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Star 80 Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features