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Portrait of a Showgirl (1982)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 4 May 1982
The story of three Las Vegas showgirls, each at a different stage in her career.

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Bob Merrill
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lesley Ann Warren ... Jillian Brooks
Rita Moreno ... Rosella DeLeon
Dianne Kay ... Marci
Tony Curtis ... Joey DeLeon
Barry Primus ... Dennis Philips
Kip Gilman ... Paul Cooperman
Howard Morris ... Wally Gordon
Hamilton Camp ... Stevie
Floyd Levine ... Selwyn
Douglas Dirkson ... Spangler
Charles Shull Charles Shull ... Wilkerson
Stephen Young ... Congressman
Nicky Blair ... Jerry
Sharon Thomas Cain Sharon Thomas Cain ... Angela (as Sharon Thomas)
Paul Gale ... Allan
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The story of three Las Vegas showgirls, each at a different stage in her career.

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The Spotlight is the Only Place She Feels Safe See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les coulisses du spectacle See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Soundtracks

Applause
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Sung by The Waters Family
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good clean fun!
16 January 2017 | by nzpedalsSee all my reviews

A pleasant surprise. From a place I will never get near (Las Vegas). I thought it was going to be silly and sloppy, but no, there is a plausible story, some great lines, and very good acting from all the cast.

In the very first scene, Jillian gets pulled over for speeding (in a Mercedes 450, in the deserts of Nevada?) and we see the cop making sure his hair is tidy before getting out of his cruiser! That's the sort of detail that impresses. Then he tries to chat her up, maybe see again, tells her about the great places to eat, but gets rebuffed with a "Eating's against my religion!" she says. "Too bad speeding isn't against your religion" as he writes the ticket!

Jillian gets to town and joins the dancers at Caesar's Palace and suggests a new dance step, but it's not popular with the others and there is a bit of tension and when her ex shows up there is a bit more tension. Things get resolved. And there is a bit of serious attitude explaining. It's fun, especially the scene where a congressman lusts after her body. How does she cope? Simple, "What about the money". That silences him quickly, it is obviously bad for his self image.

Meeting up with the med student working as a parking valet brings more chances for great lines and scenes.


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