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Women (1939)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40712876
UPC: 012569675407
UPC 14: 00012569675407
Sales Rank: 765
Category Keywords: Betrayal  Essential Cinema  Vintage
Rating: NR
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It's all about men!
A stellar cast pulls out all the stops in this brilliant adaptation of clare boothe luce's stage comedy about a group of women who delight in trying to destroy each other's reputations.

"The ultimate women's movie of the 1930s and a treat from start to finish...  Edinburgh University Film Society
"Bitchy comedy drama...plenty of laughs...  Halliwell's Film Guide
"A brilliant adaptation of the Clare Boothe Luce stage comedy... Hilarious bitchiness all around.  VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

Editor's Note
Set in a 1930s Manhattan milieu of idle socialites and gossip, George Cukor's THE WOMEN is an opulent rendition of the Clare Boothe Luce play. While no men appear in the film, they are grist for the mill in the social circle of Mary Haines (Norma Shearer) and her catty clique of high-society wives. However, Mary's tidy world is turned upside down when she accidentally learns of her husband's philandering. Crystal Allen (Joan Crawford), a vicious vixen and ruthless gold digger, has set her sights on Mary's husband; Mary initially plays right into her hands, but soon, with the advice and support of comrades experienced in the art of woman-to-woman combat, Mary decides she won't give up without a fight. The tale's semiregressive premise has been criticized for this reason, yet this does not overshadow the host of exceptional performances and the range of complex relationships the film presents. As a fantasy of a women-only world of glamour, idle pleasures, and raw sexual competition, the film has enjoyed a cult following--owing, no doubt, in part to a hard-as-nails performance by Crawford that was credited with reviving her career.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/14/2005
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1939
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 67540
Video UPC UPC: 00012569675407
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Hedda Hopper
Video Cast Info Joan Crawford
Video Cast Info Joan Fontaine
Video Cast Info Marjorie Main
Video Cast Info Norma Shearer
Video Cast Info Paulette Goddard
Video Cast Info Rosalind Russell
Video Cast Info Ruth Hussey
Video Cast Info Virginia Grey
Video Cast Info Anita Loos, et al. - Writer
Video Cast Info Clare Boothe Luce - Based On Play By
Video Cast Info David Snell - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Edward Ward - Musical Score
Video Cast Info George Cukor - Director
Video Cast Info Hunt Stromberg - Producer
Video Cast Info Joseph Ruttenberg - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Oliver T. Marsh - Director of Photography
Plot Summary
A no-holds-barred comedy about the eternal battle of the sexes (both inter- and intragender) and starring Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer, THE WOMEN is based on the play by Clare Boothe Luce and is set in high-society 1930s New York. Although no men appear in the film, they are its primary subject matter--cheating men, in particular--and hell hath no fury like a group of women scorned....!

Memorable Quotes

"There's a word for you ladies, but it is seldom used in high society, outside of a kennel."----Joan Crawford (Crystal Allen)

Professional Reviews

"[A] goldmine of razor-sharp insults and catty put-downs....THE WOMEN is unscrupulous, wicked and acid." 12/01/2004 p.181

The Motion Picture Guide 10 of 10
A nasty movie that is also a delightful one... filled with witty lines, viscious gossip and a chance

Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 10 of 10
All-star (and all-female) cast shines in this hilarious adaptation of Clare Boothe play about divorc - Leonard Maltin

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Crawford,Joan
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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