The Star

The Star

DVD - 2005
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Movie queen Margaret Elliot's popularity and fortune have gone bad. But she's sure she can jump-start her dimming career. "One good picture is all I need" she says.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2005]
Edition: Standard version
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781419804953
Branch Call Number: DVD STAR 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : DVD video, sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
DVD,DVD video,4 3/4 in
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DVD,video file,DVD video,region 1
Alternative Title: How real is The Star?


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Nov 18, 2019

well, if you didn't like miss betty, did you like natalie wood, as her daughter? Davis did play a lot of 'negative' characters in her career; be sure you don't mistake the actress, for the role she plays. Can you watch the performance, without making that mistake?

Dec 29, 2016

"DESPICABLE!!" - Yep. That's right - If I were to describe to you (in just one word) what I thought of Bette Davis as an actress - That one word would definitely be "Despicable!"

Believe me - Knowing that Davis is looked upon (by many) as being one of Hollywood's legendary greats - I'm seriously trying to find even one of her films where I'm convinced of that so-called "greatness" of hers. But, so far - I haven't found one yet.

Here in 1952's "The Star" - Davis (44 at the time, but looking 64) was downright awful with her hammy, non-stop scenery-chewing.

Her performance was so annoyingly self-conscious (as her character wallowed in such a detestable display of self-pity) that, before long, Davis came across to me as if she were, in fact, delivering a grotesque parody of herself (clipped speech, bugged eyes, and all).

As I understand it - Davis openly admitted in an interview that her portrayal in said-picture as the sloppy, drunken, ageing, has-been actress, Margaret Elliot was, in reality, modelled after her hated rival in real life, actress, Joan Crawford.... Sheesh!!... And, I ask you - How low could this despicable bag go!??

Jul 30, 2013

Bette Davis was an icon, and her portrayal here of a starlet's descent was engaging, and felt genuine. Evidently, in the special features, this role was directed at portraying Joan Crawford, whom she didn't particularly care for, and vice versa. Sterling Hayden was an underrated actor; I've enjoyed much of his work (e.g. "The Asphalt Jungle"), and he really was a sea captain in real life who sailed around the world several times. I must say, watching a young Natalie Wood on the edge of that boat was creepy, seeing how she met her untimely demise years later...

Apr 16, 2011

turgid. with an over the top hammy performance by a 13 year old natalie wood. WHAT KIND OF WOOD DOESNT FLOAT?

Oct 21, 2010

similar to the way she acted behind the scenes.


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Jul 30, 2013

Margaret Elliott (to her Academy Award): "Come on, Oscar... let's you and me get drunk!"

Jul 30, 2013

Margaret Elliott: "Going... Going... Gone..."


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Nov 11, 2010

movie20 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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