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Stardust Memories (1980)



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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.

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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)

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.

October 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Though there are laughs along the way, this is a truly mean-spirited picture.

March 23, 2009 | Full Review…

With its blunt, artless angst, the picture leaves you feeling depleted, squashed.

March 23, 2009 | Full Review…

One long cry of anguish about the price of fame comes perilously close to self-pity. And self-abuse.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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.

October 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.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Stardust Memories


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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Sandy Bates: You can't control life. It doesn't wind up perfectly. Only-only art you can control. Art and masturbation. Two areas in which I am an absolute expert.  Stardust Memories isn't a movie that jumps to mind when you think about Woody Allen. It is nowhere near his best and actually may be my least favorite film of his. I found it unlikable in a lost every way. This is odd because it is Allen paying his respects to Fellini and one of my favorite movies, 8 1/2. But just because you use Fellini type images and elements of plot from 8 1/2, doesn't mean you are making a worthwhile movie. This is just a bore of a film and probably Allen's most annoying. Sandy Bates is a talented director. He makes funny movies and when he decides to change direction and start making more serious pictures, he gets pressure from studio heads to stick to the comedy. While he stays at the Stardust Hotel, while attending a festival of his films, he has memories of the past and his loves. Along the way, we see him spend a great majority of his time fighting fans off who want to go him movie ideas and who want to shower him with praise for being such an intelligent filmmaker. This whole experience got tedious after the first twenty minutes and became the most disappointing of any Woody Allen film I have ever seen. It isn't a movie I would ever recommend, but obviously people do like it, so I might just be crazy. I'll stick to Hannah and Her Sisters and Match Point; you can have this garbage.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Dear Mr. Allen, Your film is famous for it's quote "I don't want to make funny movies anymore. I look around and all I see is human suffering." And you're right, the world is filled with suffering, and that's exactly why you should make comedies. If I wanted to see human suffering I would turn on the news, read the newspaper, or walk down the street of any major metropolitan city. No one wants to pay $12 dollars to be reminded that the world sucks. Next time you feel like popping a Bergman film into your DVD player, please re-watch Sullivan's Travels instead. Your devoted fan, Ken

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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