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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 Eric Roberts. This was choreographer/filmmaker Bob Fosse's final film. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

  • Release date:November 10, 1983


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Eric Roberts Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1983 Nominee


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


Bob Fosse
Kenneth Utt
Wolfgang Glattes
Bob Fosse
Sven Nykvist
Billy Joel
Featured Music
Alan Heim
Tony Walton
Production Designer
Michael S. Bolton
Art Director
Grace Blake
Associate Producer
Anne McCulley
Set Designer
Kimberley Richardson
Set Designer
Albert Wolsky
Costume Designer
David Ronne
Sound/Sound Designer
Wolfgang Glattes
First Assistant Director
Kenneth Utt
Production Manager
Lynne Carrow
Teresa Carpenter
Short Story Author
Michael Tronick