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All About Eve

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Showered with Oscars®, this wonderfully bitchy (and witty) comedy written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz concerns an aging theater star (Bette Davis) whose life is being supplanted by a wolf-in-sheep's-clothing ingenue (Anne Baxter) whom she helped. This is a film for a viewer to take in like a box of chocolates, packed with scene-for-scene delights that make the entire story even better than it really is. The film also gives deviously talented actors such as George Sanders and Thelma Ritter a chance to speak dazzling lines; Davis bites into her role and never lets go. A classic from Mankiewicz, a legendary screenwriter and the brilliant director of A Letter to Three Wives, The Barefoot Contessa, and Sleuth. --Tom Keogh

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From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door, Eve Harrington (ANN BAXTER) is determined to take the reins of power away from the great actress Margo Channing (BETTE DAVIS). Eve maneuvers her way into Margo's Broadway role, becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in the lives of Margo's director boyfriend (GARY MERRILL), her playwright (HUGH MARLOWE) and his wife (CELESTE HOLM). Only the cynical drama critic (Oscar winner GEORGE SANDERS) sees through Eve, admiring her audacity and perfect pattern of deceit. THELMA RITTER and MARILYN MONROE co-star in this acclaimed classic, which won six Academy Awards and received the most nominations (14) in film history.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best movie ever made March 30 2005
The gloriously written script by the master of the screen, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, made this the best of all of Bette Davis's movies. Her talent develops a personality that is both ruthless yet sensitive, as she plays Margo Channing, a well established stage actress who accepts, then regrets, a young fan, played by Anne Baxter. Through Thelma Ritter's wise cracks, to Margo's personal evaluation in the back seat of a broken down car, you never fall asleep, wonder what else could go wrong. Margo's tantrums, while spoiled as they are, are ear candy, putting her whole strength into every word. George Sanders, playing the arrogant yet tactful Addison DeWit, received the Academy Award for his splendid role. The contempt, spite, betrayal, and pure 100% sacrasim weaves a tapestry of a humorous satire on the lives of people of the theater, which will never be duplicated to a higher level.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All about everything Nov. 1 2004
By Peggy
Of course, All About Eve is more than a chick flick even though the men, Bill Sampson (Gary Merrill) as Margo's beau, and Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe) as a writer (and husband of Margo's best friend, Karen, played by Celest Holm) headed for Hollywood, take a back seat to the main action which is the playing out of the eternal power struggle between (take your pick: they all fit psychologically): youth and age, the daughter and the mother, the bride and the mother-in-law, the upstart and the established talent, the new and the old.
Bette Davis is excellent of course, and the role fits her like a glove. But what transfixed me as a child was the contrast between the wholesome good looks of Anne Baxter and her sneaky treachery. Could someone so pretty be so bad? I may have wondered who I would have preferred for a mother, Davis or Baxter, and perhaps have come away not knowing. For Bette Davis the luster had gone from those famous eyes, and so it was only natural that her character Margo feared the loss of love from men. Even that I understood as a child. And in Baxter, youth would be served and perhaps she could be forgiven the lies because time does not stand still for anyone, especially it does not stand still for a starlet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie Jan. 30 2005
It sounds cliche to say, "Not enough stars," but that's exactly the way I feel about this film. I've actually seen every Bette Davis movie ever made, but this is by far the best. With a mind-blowing plot and a brilliant cast, you can't go wrong with ALL ABOUT EVE. Anne Baxter is at her best here (she was did less well in movies after this) and the rest of the gang is perfectly matched. With a "What goes around comes around" theme, ALL ABOUT EVE may just be the most perfectly made movie ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buckle-Up! July 16 2003
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz  who received Academy Awards in 1950 for his work both as director and as author of the screenplay, All About Eve is also all about what can sometimes be cutthroat competition for fame more than fortune in the New York theatre world. Margo Channing (Davis) is among its brightest stars. The calculating Eve Harrington (Baxter) concludes that her single major barrier is Channing so she ingratiates herself with the fading but celebrated Broadway actress, obtaining a position as her personal assistant. Her duplicity succeeds. At least for a while, she conceals her ulterior motives even from world-weary and cynical theatre critic Addison De Witt, played so well by George Sanders that he also received an Academy Award as best supporting actor.
Every other member of the cast is first-rate. I always get a kick out of Marilyn Monroe's brief appearance as Miss Claudia Caswell, an aspiring actress whom De Witt identifies as "a graduate of the Copacabana school of dramatic art." I also thoroughly enjoy the generally under appreciated Thelma Ritter as Birdie Coonan, a character who possesses what Hemingway described so well as a "built-in, shock-proof crap detector." Of course, the most famous of many great lines is Channing's warning, "Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night." She gradually realizes how vulnerable she has become to ambitious young actresses such as Eve who will do whatever it takes to achieve the status and stature which seem to be slipping from her grasp.
When I recently saw this film again, I appreciated more than I had in the past the essential decency of characters such as Karen Richards (Holm), Bill Sampson (Merrill), and Lloyd Richards (Marlowe).
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top ten all time favorites... July 11 2003
All About Eve is one of the best movies ever made. Simply and clearly, in my opinion. It follows the lives of New York stage stars and chronicles the rise of Eve Harrington in the stage world. Bette Davis plays her mentor and benefactress. The writing is top rate. If you like movies with snap, crackling dialogue, bitchy repartee, and an insider's look in to the workings of the stage milieu, this movies IS FOR YOU. You will have quotes for days and get to see the debut of Marilyn Monroe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic--definitely of its era June 10 2004
Some critics have pointed out that Joseph Mankewics' movies resemble filmed plays. That criticism can certainly be levelled at All About Eve Althogh Bette Davis is magnetic and the storyline is compelling, sometimes it feels like a sequence of speeches . The camera work is static, which does lead to the feeling that one is watching a play.
That being said, the advantage of having a DVD is obvious as I really preferred enjoying the movie over several days. The plot has been stated by other reviewers and has been the basis for at least one Carol Burnett satire. Despite the plot's familiarity, the movie has such conviction that one can't help being sucked in. I've seen the movie at least five times, but each time I am sucked in at the freeze frame of Anne Baxter receiving the Sarah Syddons award at which time we hear George Sanders informing us that the story of Eve is about to unfold: "All About Eve, in fact."
Davis comes across as a bemused,sometimes bitter, very vulnerable survivor. Hugh Marlow to a great extent, Anne Baxter, to a lesser one always give the impression that they are Acting. Their self-consciousness makes Marilyn Monroe's natural quality all the more wonderful. Celeste Holm provides a commonsense best-friend foil for Bette Davis. George Sanders and Thelma Ritter are superb, both being the realists of the cast--with Sanders as the egocentric misanthrope and Ritter as the embodiment of loyalty. If you become very interested in this movie, also buy the book "All about All about Eve" by Sam Staggs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2008 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment DVD Edition
This edition is a 2 disc set with plenty of extras. There is a 2 page booklet in the case.

Disc 1 - All About Eve - 1950, B&W, 138 mins, full screen 1. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Keith Little
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
One of my faves. I loved Bette Davis in this movie. In fact all of the cast. I also loved George Saunders
Published 11 months ago by Barbara Charron
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM
Well I got this movie new on Blu-ray and it was a great purchase and it is greatly restored and great story line, bette davis at her best
Published 14 months ago by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars I am surprised how great this film is
This review applies to All About Eve blu-ray (blu-ray cat# 2275161) obtained around April 2013.

I highly recommend this film for both men and women. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Keith Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars OVERRATED AND TALKY
I enjoy Bette Davis movies. I enjoyed this one. The DVD transfer is great. However, compared to some of the other 'classics' Bette was in I find this one to be overrated. Read more
Published on July 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Try 5,000 stars
By far the best movie ever made, with a flawless script, a cast that is unsurpassed, and a "what goes around, comes around" theme, this tour-de-force of acting and... Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by "thomabbott"
oh well its 1952 grable, despite losing ground a little is still the top bananna at fox for thirteen years she has reigned supreme, seen off june haver and vivien blaine and other... Read more
Published on July 2 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Bette Davis' Finest Role
How does a woman who is not the typical Hollywood hottie stake a claim as one the most bankable actresses in the history of Hollywood? Personality and acting ability. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by J
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant backstage backstabbing drama...
One night after a theater performance Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) is awaiting to see her idol, Margo Channing (Bette Davis), leave the theater, but to Eve's astonishment she is... Read more
Published on March 31 2004 by Kim Anehall
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