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Stella (1990)

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)
2 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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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

Bette Midler's co-star Linda Hart, was one of the Harlettes back in the 1970s with Midler 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

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Alien from L.A. (1993) 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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This is the weepy that Beaches never was
26 November 2003 | by eddaxSee all my reviews

This is the weepy that Beaches never was. As much as I wanted to love Beaches, it always seemed too hurried for me to "feel" for it (its soundtrack is one of my favorite albums though). Stella, on the other hand, moves at a slower (and occasionally too slow) pace and though it's somewhat manipulative in its tears-inducing tale about a self-sacrificial mother, it works because Bette and the rest of the cast turn in great performances. 10/10


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