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      PG-13 1990 1h 54m Drama List
      29% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 76% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings A working-class woman (Bette Midler) raises her out-of-wedlock daughter (Trini Alvarado) alone, then lets her go to her rich father. Read More Read Less

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Stella may be corny, but it's got a great big heart. Rated: 3.5/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Entertainment Weekly Rated: D+ Feb 2, 1990 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) The only good thing about this disastrous premier is that Barbara Stanwyck dies right on time, enough to no see how they would have exchanged her preciousness for an eyesore. [Full review in Spanish] Nov 12, 2022 Full Review Juan Carlos Coto Miami Herald What makes the movie jell are some top-notch performances, especially Midler's. Rated: 2.5/4 Aug 18, 2021 Full Review Kathi Maio Sojourner This is convoluted classist reasoning at its worst. Sep 11, 2019 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews Stella is, in the end, foiled by a host of negative attributes that conspire to cement the movie's place as a seriously dull little drama. Rated: 1.5/4 Feb 8, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Unintended comedy with some of the worst acting you have ever seen. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 09/10/23 Full Review Kyle E I think it was Ebert who gave Stella four out of four stars but, other than his, I have never read a positive review of this sadly misunderstood drama about class divisions, love, and sacrifice (three themes most great romantic stories or films have in common). Here the major theme is class division. Stella is a story from depression era America. That said, it was translated to the screen then in such a memorable fashion that this remake (if you ask a Stanwyck fan or two) was not exactly appreciated. Fans of the original never gave it a chance. Furthermore, this version of Stella was made in the 1990s, not exactly a time of great financial trouble in America (as the depression was). Now is the time to remove the rosy-coloured glasses, in the midst of a new era of recession and poverty in America, and see that this powerful story still rings true, is as timely and relevant as ever, in its updated format. Yes, class divide is the major theme here. Stella is among the working poor, single, with big dreams but little hope of realizing those dreams. She works in a bar, doesn't have much money, lives in a crummy apartment. You get the drift. In the morning, she doesn't really want to get out of bed. On her wall, pictures of movie stars she idolizes. A man sees her dance at the bar. He's wealthy, educated, from one of those upper class families that has nothing in common with Stella's. His major concern is what ivy league college to attend, her's is how to pay the rent, how to be 'happy.' They have an affair. They like each other. Stella ends up pregnant. Stella tells the guy the news. His response? "How about an abortion?" She replies, "I just wanted a room full of balloons." He supplies the balloons, and the proposal, but she sees his heart is not in it, and has too much pride to accept. She sends him packing. Her daughter is eventually torn between the two lifestyles--the love she has for her mom and the advantages and happiness and love held out to her by her wealthy father. Stella, alone and unloved, and not wanting her daughter to become as unhappy as her someday, makes the ultimate sacrifice. She gives up the only love and happiness she has ever known to ensure the happiness of her daughter, and perhaps live vicariously, and with hope, knowing that at least her daughter found something to live for. Now, for the movie. Everything is right about it. Beautiful score, artful cinematography, great set design (contrast between the two lifestyles; the messy apt. and the decorated mansions), wonderful and heartfelt performances by the whole cast, with Bette Midler, in particular, Oscar-worthy. This is a film which is much more significant and well-made than you've been led to believe. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/13/22 Full Review Audience Member A great movie about what a mother will do for her child. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/30/19 Full Review Audience Member If you're into tear jerker movies, this is MUST! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Very sad and realistic story of an average woman who tries her best to raise a daughter and maintain her independence. Life is not easy. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member love LOVE this movie!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis A working-class woman (Bette Midler) raises her out-of-wedlock daughter (Trini Alvarado) alone, then lets her go to her rich father.
      John Erman
      Samuel Goldwyn Jr.
      Olive Higgins Prouty, Robert Getchell
      Production Co
      Touchstone Pictures
      Original Language
      Release Date (DVD)
      Apr 8, 2003
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 54m
      Sound Mix