"Come on, Oscar--let's you and me get drunk." This caustic Bette Davis line is not aimed at a co-star but at the Academy Award itself, which down-on-her-luck actress Margaret Elliot cradles bitterly at the beginning of an inebriated evening. As you can guess, Davis is at full-throttle in his ripe melodrama, which came a couple of years after All About Eve and serves as a kind of less-classy companion piece to that classic. As the movie begins, Margaret has lost her career and family because of her own demanding nature. Rescued by a roughhewn boatbuilder (Sterling Hayden) she once befriended, she confronts what's most important--being a star, or being a (ahem) woman.
The rickety script and cut-rate production values betray The Star as a product of Davis's post-Warners wanderings. It does have some sunny location shots of San Pedro, plus a young Natalie Wood before she broke out of child-star roles. But the biggest draw, other than Davis, is the Hollywood behind-the-scenes juice, and the guessing game of how close the material was to Davis's own career (rumor has it the character, who wants to glamorize herself for a supporting part as a slatternly housemaid, was based more on Joan Crawford). It ain't art, but it's an artifact of a different era, skipping between backstage expose and camp. --Robert Horton
Edina would have been proud! I just love when Bette drives drunk with her Oscar! Or how about when she cuts down those 2 women who recognize her working in a shop? Read morePublished on May 24 2004 by Brandon L. Harlow
Some of the reviews I've read didn't seem to know that The Star was an Independent film. Of course not like them classy ones we see's now at our cinemas and all. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2003 by Daisy Randone
Bette Davis was once again the great actress in this role of finding who you really are and what you want after being washed up in Hollywood. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2001 by Abby P.
....This is a pretty odd movie. Taken at face value, you have to wonder at Bette Davis doing it. Was she really at the point in her career that she would be forced to do nothing... Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2001 by tmp
Was it Oscar Levant who said : "Underneath the Tinsel, you'll find the Real Tinsel" ? This one's a highly polished gem on Miss Davis crown - a true Hollywood Queen. Read morePublished on July 31 2001
I echo the sentiments of a fellow reviewer who said we're stuck with Gwyneth Paltrow or Julia Roberts. Read morePublished on March 20 2001 by C. Mccown
"The Star" is a chilling vehicle that foreshadowed rather than reflected the following decade of Bette Davis's career. Read morePublished on July 21 2000 by Stephen O. Murray
I feel exactly the way one of the reviewers felt: shocked by the story and by the behind-the-scenes tragedies. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2000