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The Women

(DVD - 2002 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Women

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Mary Haines (Norma Shearer) loses her husband to ruthless Crystal Allen (Joan Crawford) who is aided and abetted by Sylvia Fowler (Rosalind Russell) whose own spouse has taken up with another woman. In Reno, in the throes of divorce, all wage war on one another.
Title: The women
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2002]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (133 min.) :,sd., b&w with col. sequence ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the play The women by Clare Boothe.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1939.
Includes two documentaries (From the ends of the earth, and Hollywood : style center of the world), alternate b&w fashion show sequence, scoring session music cues, theatrical trailer, and the theatrical trailer for the 1956 musical remake, The opposite sex.
Summary: Mary Haines (Norma Shearer) loses her husband to ruthless Crystal Allen (Joan Crawford) who is aided and abetted by Sylvia Fowler (Rosalind Russell) whose own spouse has taken up with another woman. In Reno, in the throes of divorce, all wage war on one another.
Additional Contributors: Shearer, Norma - 1902-1983
Crawford, Joan - 1908-1977
Russell, Rosalind
Loos, Anita - 1893-1981
Cukor, George - 1899-1983
ISBN: 0790746808
Statement of Responsibility: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Credits: Directors of photography, Oliver T. Marsh and Joseph Ruttenberg ; film edited by Robert J. Kern ; music scored by Edward Ward ; screenplay by Anita Loos and Jane Murfin ; produced by Hunt Stromberg ; directed by George Cukor.
Performers: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland, Paulette Goddard, Phyllis Povah, Joan Fontaine, Virginia Weidler, Lucile Watson.
System Details: DVD; region 1, Dolby digital mono. standard version.
Other Language: Closed captioned; soundtrack in English or French (both mono.); optional subtitles in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.
Subject Headings: Marriage New York (State) New York Drama. Divorce Psychological aspects Drama. Adultery New York (State) New York Drama. Self-realization in women New York (State) New York Drama. Gossip New York (State) New York Drama.
Genre/Form: Comedy films.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Marriage
Self-realization in women
Publisher No: 65205
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Feb 16, 2014
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed every moment of this movie. Wonderful actresses (no man ever appears in the entire movie, by the way), beautiful sets, clothes to die for—those were the times when women dressed up and were not afraid of being feminine and glamorous! (Modern women confuse being feminine with being vulgar and believe to be independent one must devaluate the importance of men in their lives, tsk, tsk, tsk.) Norma Shearer is Mrs. Stephen Haines, a wife and mother, whose husband is having an affair with Crystal Allen—Joan Crawford perfect as the low-class shop girl. Shearer is surrounded by envious “friends,” who slowly reveal themselves. Mary Boland is priceless as Countess De Lave. Divorce was then a very sad business, not taken lightly like we do now, and children were the reason many couples stayed together (I wish people thought more of them today). The Women was remade in 2008, but it is a mere travesty of the original, not worth watching.

Jan 14, 2014
  • marvelboy888 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Certainly as catty and campy as it's reputation, The Women is one of those films where you recognize all the faults in it but still go along with it for the delicious fun that it projects at all moments. The problems in this case are the awful message the film has for (and about) women and their dependency on men and the plethora of generic characters that circle the central trio. There are at least four older female characters that are utterly indistinct. But still, with Norma Shearer delivering a typically fantastic performance, Rosalind Russell camping (and uglying!!) it up, and Joan Crawford being deliciously dastardly one can't complain too much.

Jun 06, 2012
  • jmmason rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It doesn't get much better than this, kids. Best line, "get me a bromide...and put some gin in it."

Feb 05, 2011
  • blessedOne rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great vintage film. Awesome fashions. The remake does not do this classic justice. *No men appear in this film*


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