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The Women (Full Screen)

Norma Shearer , Joan Crawford , George Cukor    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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George Cukor, Hollywood's legendary "woman's director," had his hands full with the all-female cast of this 1939 film adaptation of the Clare Boothe play. The story finds a group of catty, competitive friends destroying reputations at social gatherings. The dialogue sparkles, Joan Crawford's performance as a husband stealer is still a classic, the film looks wonderful in Cukor's hands, and the Technicolor fashion-show scene is a one-of-a-kind Hollywood experience. --Tom Keogh

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This scorching comedy finds Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine and Paulette Goddard fighting with no-holds-barred cattiness for their own (and each other's) husbands and lovers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The claws are out, and they're jungle red!!! Dec 10 2003
By gac1003
Mary Haines believes she has the perfect life with a wonderful husband and loving daughter. Perfect, that is, until she hears the idle gossip from the woman at the spa about how Mr. Haines has taken up with Crystal Allen, a shopgirl who sells perfume. Listening to her friends Sylvia Fowler, Edith Potter, and Peggy Day, Mary does all she can to win back her husband from the scheming arms of Crystal.
This Geroge Cukor film has one of the sharpest scripts written for the screen, and features many of the Golden Era's best actresses: Norma Shearer as Mary Haines; Joan Crawford as the conniving shopgirl Crystal; Joan Fontaine as the innocent Peggy Day; and in one of the best performances, Rosalind Russell as the fast-talking Syliva Folwer. Her rapid-fire delivery of some of the most sarcastic lines is amazing to watch, and she gives the character much comic flair. Marjorie Main pops in for a while as Lucy, who runs a ranch in Reno for women going through divorces. In a short but fantastic scene, Virginia Grey plays Pat, another shopgirl working with Crystal who can't help but try to unnerve Crystal while she's on the phone with Mr. Haines. Even columnist Hedda Hopper makes a brief appearance toward the end of the film.
Two other remarkable notes about this film: of the 135-member cast, there is not one man present in the film. And two: the film is black and white, with the exception of a fashion show sequence toward the middle of the film which is shown in glorious technicolor. It's a bit lengthy but marvelous to look at all those fashions designed by Adrian (who has quite a long list of memorable films to his design credits).
The DVD is a restored version of the film. (The difference can be seen in the alternate version of the fshion show sequence included as a bonus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Women [1939] [Blu-ray] [US Import] July 22 2014
By Andrew C. Miller TOP 1000 REVIEWER

For the first time on Blu-ray, the hilarious classic that answers the burning question: What do women talk about when there are no men around? The answer: men, and how to steal them! Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer and Rosalind Russell lean an all-star cast in some of the funniest and most amazing catfights ever put on the screen. When Mary Haines [Norma Shearer] is jilted by her husband, the claws come out, and Joan Crawford's pushy princess tries to snag her man. Based on the hit Broadway play by Clare Boothe and deftly directed by George Cukor, this newly re-mastered 75th anniversary edition will leave you in stiches!

FILM FACT: ‘The Women’ has one Technicolor sequence, featuring a fashion show. When interviewed by TCM host Robert Osborne, director George Cukor stated that he did not like the sequence and that he wanted to remove it from the film. It was remade as a 1956 musical comedy, ‘The Opposite Sex’ starring June Allyson, Joan Collins and Ann Miller.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rosalind Russell must be Found and Stopped!!! Oct. 7 2003
This is a wonderfully dated (though still very relevant) and thoroughly entertaining comedy from the genius George Cukor. Perfect Wife Norma Shearer's marriage hits the rocks when her less-than-perfect husband begins an affair with the sluttish shopgirl Joan Crawford. Her friends rally round her as she ignores, complains, divorces, and finally rediscovers her own self-worth.
The performances are wonderful. Shearer is winsome and emotional, Crawford is venomous and ambitious (though we don't see enough of her character), and Rosalind Russell steals the show as the scheming, manipulative and two-faced 'Friend' you'd like to hit with a bus. The dialogue is spectacular, comparable in places with Bette Davis in her magnificent opus 'All About Eve', and the ensemble cast of over 150 women hangs together beautifully.
The direction, too, is superior, and Cukor exacts almost superhuman expressions and angles from the 'Faces' - Crawford, Russell and, most of all, Shearer. The gowns, hats, gloves, shoes, furs and jewelery in 'The Women' play almost as important a part in the picture as the cast members themselves, and the 'glorious technicolour' fashion show is a gem.
Sadly, 'The Women' suffers from the same syndrome as all Stage-to-Screen movies do. In a theatre, with scene and time restrictions, the audience depends on dialogue and character interaction for entertainment. In movies, such restrictions don't exist, and 'The Women', like 'Cabaret', 'The Sound of Music' and 'Funny Girl' after it, suffers from a 30-minute or so period in the centre, where it unfortunately loses its momentum. However, the ending is wonderful, especially Crawford's line about Kennels, and for anybody, 'The Women' stands the test of time as an illustration of the awful and hilarious power of gossip.
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5.0 out of 5 stars People Who Don't Give Five Stars Have No Taste!
This movie is wonderful! It takes place in a different era so the ideas and stereotypes are a lot more prominent but the single idea is still clear. Woman Power! Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2009 by Hido
5.0 out of 5 stars Women's nastier side
Ignore myths of sisterhood. Women can be nasty, catty, devious, gossipy and gleeful -- especially about each other. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2007 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great movie!!!
If you haven't seen "The Women," do yourself a favor and see it any way you can - I checked out the video from my local library. Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by Nancy Tannenbaum
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Chic Flick
I am a big fan of black and white movies. The movie is kept at a high tempo - never a dull moment. I recomend it to everyone.
Published on June 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Women
This is definitely ny favorite movie. Norma Shearer and Rosalind Russell are hilarious as two pampered Park Avenue socialites. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining and Engaging
Holds your attention the entire way through at its 2 hr and 13 min running time. Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford steal the show and Rosalind Russell of Auntie Mame fame gives one... Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004 by M. Hencke
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous ! Fabulous ! Fabulous !
This is a movie about the lives of a group of New York socialites who's loves revolve around gossip, fashion and the art of being just a woman. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly entertaining
This movie surprised me with how good it was played out with only a female cast. The story involves husbands, mostly unfaithful, yet there is not one male in the film. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2003 by Marilyn J. Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars A real classic...
I love this movie I watch it often...about a tramp, Joan Crawford, who breaks up a marriage, Norma Shearer, in the high society group. Read more
Published on Dec 16 2003 by 1weasel
5.0 out of 5 stars Own it, so you don't miss a line...
Even better than the Luce play upon which it was based, THE WOMEN holds up as well as its infamous contemporaries, THE WIZARD OF OZ and GONE WITH THE WIND. Read more
Published on July 27 2003 by Nelson Aspen
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