The Women

The Women

DVD - 2002
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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.

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LPL_ShirleyB Apr 20, 2015

Excellent 1939 comedy / drama which was the first movie to include only female actors. Compare to the well-done 2008 remake.

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stinkpot
Jan 14, 2015

Stupid and depressing :-(

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rslade
Dec 25, 2014

Aged, but classic. Great lines, and an interesting premise. Lots of fun.

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marvelboy888
Jan 14, 2014

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.

EuSei Jun 14, 2012

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! What I like most in this movie is that, at the time it was made, women were not pressured into conforming to the prototype conceived by the 1960’s feminist movement. They were allowed to be women. Coming from another culture—that does not pressure women so much—I can see how much of this is missing in American women; and how much they miss because of the way American girls are being “educated.” I think 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.

jmmason Jun 06, 2012

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

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blessedOne
Feb 05, 2011

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

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