Stardust Memories

1980

Stardust Memories

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Loosely based on Fellini's 8 1/2, this Woody Allen film focuses on filmmaker Sandy Bates, who is currently suffering from a major creative block. The film follows Sandy as he attends a weekend retrospective of his films, where he is continually harassed by fans, friends, lovers, and studio executives.

Cast

Woody Allen
as Sandy Bates
Amy Wright
as Shelley
Helen Hanft
as Vivian Orkin
John Rothman
as Jack Abel
Anne De Salvo
as Sandy's Sister
Joan Neuman
as Sandy's Mother
Ken Chapin
as Sandy's Father
Louise Lasser
as Sandy's Secretary
Leonardo Cimino
as Sandy's Analyst
Eli Mintz
as Old Man
Bob Maroff
as Jerry Abraham
Leo Cimino
as Sandy's Analyst
Sharon Stone
as Pretty Girl on train
Jack Rollins
as Studio Executive
Howard Kissel
as Sandy's Manager
Renee Lippin
as Sandy's Press Agent
Sol Lomita
as Sandy's Accountant
Irving Metzman
as Sandy's Lawyer
Roy Brocksmith
as Dick Lobel
Victoria Zussin
as Mrs. Payson
Barry Weiss
as Dancer to 'Three Little Words'
Michael Goldstein
as Question Askers at Screening
Stanley Ackerman
as Reporter at Screening
Edward S. Kotkin
as Fan in Lobby
Laura Delano
as Fan in Lobby
Lisa Friedman
as Fan in Lobby
Brent Spiner
as Fan in Lobby
Maurice Shrog
as Fan in Lobby
Paula Raflo
as Fan in Lobby
Derwin Jordan
as Fan in Lobby
Tony Azito
as Fan in Lobby
Carl Don
as Fan in Lobby
Bert Michaels
as Fan in Lobby
Deborah Johnson
as Fan in Lobby
Benjamin Rayson
as Dr. Paul Perlstein
Gustave Tassell
as Cabaret Patron
Dimitri Vassilopoulos
as Cabaret Patron
Sylvia Davis
as Hostility Victim
Victor Truro
as Hostility Psychoanalyst
Irwin Keyes
as Fan Outside Hotel
Bonnie Hellman
as Fan Outside Hotel
Judith Cohen
as Friend of Sandy's Sister
E. Brian Dean
as Police Sergeant Arresting George
Leslie L. Smith
as Autograph Seeker on Boardwalk
Philip Lenkowsky
as Autograph Seeker/Assassin
Kenny Vance
as New Studio Executive
Annie Korzen
as Woman in Ice Cream Parlour
Wade Barnes
as UFO follower
Gabriel Barre
as UFO follower
Martha Sherrill
as UFO follower
Ann Risley
as UFO follower
Daniel Friedman
as UFO follower
Largo Woodruff
as UFO follower
Armin Shimerman
as Eulogy Audience
John Doumanian
as Armenian Fan
Jack Hollander
as Cop Arresting Sandy
Judith Roberts
as Singer of 'Three Little Words'
Andy Albeck
as Studio Executive
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Critic Reviews for Stardust Memories

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (9)

  • This one is best seen by film buffs and blindly devoted Woody Allen fans who will accept even his castigation. The rest of us can hope he cheers up soon.

    Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Though there are laughs along the way, this is a truly mean-spirited picture.

    Mar 23, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • With its blunt, artless angst, the picture leaves you feeling depleted, squashed.

    Mar 23, 2009 | Full Review…
  • One long cry of anguish about the price of fame comes perilously close to self-pity. And self-abuse.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It's the first Woody Allen film in which impotence has become the situation rather than the problem. This is a movie about a guy who has given up.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Invokes the mood of an early Fellini film as it swirls through the troubled recollections of a film director, played by Mr. Allen.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Stardust Memories

  • Feb 21, 2019
    Unlike most, I enjoyed this work of Woody Allen's, much more so than many of his "arty" films, and specifically because it doesn't seem as if it's trying to do any of that pretentious fawning for approval. As usual, Allen is chasing women - for better or for worse, his Muses, only placebo Muses - in between bouts of dealing with unthinking, selfish fans and the "get to the bottom line" money people, but it all has the endgame in sight of achieving satisfaction of his one true love: film. He even got a coupla laughs out of me, and it's been awhile since he's done that. Good stuff.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2013
    The story is a little weak and not all the jokes hit the mark, but there are just enough witty lines and great laughs to make Stardust Memories a trip worth taking. Like Manhattan, it's filmed in beautiful black-and-white, although in this case it's primarily used to evoke Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, from which Stardust Memories draws much of its inspiration. I feel that critics were a little too harsh and quick to judge the movie; it's been called self-indulgent and accused of being an excuse for Allen to express self-pity about being famous. I can understand why they would think that, but it's not nearly as whiney or repulsive as they make it out to be, and the movie does have a number of very funny jokes mixed in with the weaker ones. When compared to his other work, Stardust Memories is more than likely one of the weaker ones, but taken out of the context of Woody Allen's filmography it actually functions as a pretty funny and entertaining comedy, and that's more than enough for me.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2013
    This is easily the worse Woody Allen film I've ever seen, and my 2 stars are generous ones. I mean I even gave Allen's, Anything Else, a four star rating, but this was awful. It had a few good dialectical moments, when it was trying to be funny, but the romance failed. I understand it was some sort of early montage of Allen's career, but most of it was stuff only Woody himself could get. To add on I think Woody already used enough black and white filming in Manhattan. It was unnecessary to do it again and made the film dull. 2 stars-
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2013
    One of Allen's most complex movies, in terms of structure at least. Obviously reminescent of Fellini and Bergman.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer

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