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Portrait of a Showgirl (1982)



Portrait of a Showgirl

(1982)

Drama

104 minutes

Directed by Steven Stern

Cast:

Lesley Ann Warren as Jillian Brooks
Rita Moreno as Rosella DeLeon
Dianne Kay as Marci
Tony Curtis as Joey DeLeon
Barry Primus as Dennis Philips
Kip Gilman as Paul Cooperman
Howard Morris as Wally Gordon
Hamilton Camp as Stevie
Floyd Levine as Selwyn
Douglas Dirkson as Spangler
Charles Shull as Wilkerson
Stephen Young as Congressman

This made-for-TV film tells the story of three Las Vegas showgirls, each at a different stage in her career. An interesting melodrama, this production features Lesley Ann Warren, Rita Moreno and Dianne Kay as three dancers of differing skill levels who are hired for a new revue in Las Vegas at Caesar's Palace, where the picture is set, and focuses upon various travails within their private lives as they prepare for the opening of their show. As a Broadway dancer recruited for the engagement, Warren plays high-stepping Jillian Brooks, whose need for success upon the stage is altered by her affairs of the heart. Moreno portrays a veteran hoofer whose husband is a sucker for entrepreneurial scam artists. Kay is an inexperienced beauty queen from the Midwest. The film could easily have been much less engaging, as cliched situations abound, but the episodic script is effectively utilized and includes a good deal of skillful dialogue. There is splendid editing by John Woodcock, and a strongly appropriate thematic underscore is provided by Jimmie Haskell, while the performance of the talented and generally underplayed Warren goes beyond the expected implications stemming from her comeliness.





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Actors: Tony Curtis, Rita Moreno, Lesley Ann Warren
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