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Stella (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 2 February 1990 (USA)
Chronicling a strong, but eccentric woman's devoted relationship to her daughter through the years.

Director:

John Erman

Writers:

Olive Higgins Prouty (novel), Robert Getchell (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Midler ... Stella Claire
John Goodman ... Ed Munn
Trini Alvarado ... Jenny Claire
Stephen Collins ... Stephen Dallas
Marsha Mason ... Janice Morrison
Eileen Brennan ... Mrs. Wilkerson
Linda Hart ... Debbie Whitman
Ben Stiller ... Jim Uptegrove
William McNamara ... Pat Robbins
John Bell John Bell ... Bob Morrison
Ashley Peldon ... Jenny (age 3)
Alisan Porter ... Jenny (age 8)
Kenneth Kimmins ... Security Guard
Bob Gerchen Bob Gerchen ... Bartender
Willie Rosario Willie Rosario ... Dancing Waiter
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Storyline

Stella is determined, courageous, vulgar, unfashionable...and all her daughter has. Through the trials of teenagehood, to the problems of adulthood, Stella will do anything for Jenny...ending in an selfless, unforgettable sacrifice. Written by Jennifer Valley

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Minha Mãe Stella See more »

Filming Locations:

Boca Raton, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$20,240,128
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Story takes place in Watertown, a small city of 25,000 in Upstate New York. See more »

Goofs

When Ed leaves Stella's in a huff on Christmas Eve, he slams the front door and the wreath falls off. However, when Stella says goodbye to Jenny, the wreath is hanging up again. See more »

Quotes

Stella Claire: I read them women's magazines, you know? The ones that tell you how to get a better life. They say, "Go in a new direction." I wanna say, "Where's the door? I'll go but where's the goddamn door?"
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Connections

References Vertigo (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

When A Man Loves A Woman
Written by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright
Performed by Percy Sledge
Courtesy of Dominion Entertainment, Inc.
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Unusually better than the original
7 February 2002 | by gerry-russell-139See all my reviews

The original with Barbara Stanwyk is saved only by Stanwyk's performance. The story and the other performances are too sickeningly sweet and the film itself is too dated to be really enjoyed today. Bette Midler's version is much more interesting. She is Stella Claire, an independent, free-spirited single woman who gets pregnant and refuses help from her boyfriend (Stephen Collins) or her friend (John Goodman in an underrated performance). She raises her daughter Jenny played so sweetly by Trini Alvarado and then comes to the conclusion that Jenny's father can do better for her and ultimately makes a life-altering decision. Through out the film, there are plenty of laughs, tears and memorable moments mostly between Midler and Alvarado. Marsha Mason co-stars as Jenny's would-be stepmother, who though wealthy turns out to be a very good influence on her. If you like Midler, Goodman or just good films with plenty of emotion you'll enjoy Bette Midler's version of STELLA.


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