The final film written and directed by famed choreographer Bob Fosse ("Lenny," "All That Jazz"), in 1983, tells the story of Dorothy Stratten, the 1980 Playboy Playmate of the Year, born a Canadian named Dorothy Hoogstratten and ultimately murdered by her boyfriend. Small-time hustler Paul Snider (Roberts) grooms his teenaged girlfriend Dorothy (Hemingway) until she is picked up by Playboy and Hefner (Robertson). The glamorous life takes Dorothy away from Snider, who assumes he'll be her manager and lover forever, and he turns broken-heared and vengeful. Roberts manages to make the viewer feel for a very unsympathetic character, Robertson makes a credible Hefner, and in a nice bit of irony, Dorothy's mother is played by Carroll Baker -- who played a sensuous 19-year-old virgin in "Baby Doll" back in 1956. The climax was filmed in the actual apartment where the real Stratten was murdered. This story was also filmed as "Death of a Centerfold," a 1981 TV movie starring Jamie Lee Curtis.
Click here to see the rest of this review
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus