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The Women (Full Screen)

Norma Shearer , Joan Crawford , George Cukor    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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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.


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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars People Who Don't Give Five Stars Have No Taste! Aug. 8 2009
By Hido
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! One review I was reading (from a woman) said that this movie needed a man in it! The whole point to this movie is to show women at their cattiest, their meanest, their sweetest and their most loving. This is a movie made for women by WOMEN. That's not to say a man won't enjoy it though, it's impossible. One amazon customer poor review said that it was horrible to portray women in this way. The whole purpose to this movie is to show a powerful strong protagonist woman who (in spite of being held back by the small fact she is a woman) is independent and strong. Yes, some women in the film are mean and catty but some women are also sweet and loyal! It's different personalities all coming together to make a movie that is a classic and should never have been re-done because it was horribly butchered and was a total joke. This is my favorite movie and is perfect exactly the way it is, whether your a feminist or not. It promotes strong minded women in a time when that was frowned upon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Women's nastier side Feb. 22 2007
Ignore myths of sisterhood. Women can be nasty, catty, devious, gossipy and gleeful -- especially about each other. So expect lots of that in "The Women," a screwball comedy about divorce, remarriage, affairs and lots and lots of inner feuding. It's a practically perfect girls' movie.

The uppermost ladies of Manhattan lunch, spa, shop and especially gossip together. So when Mary Haines' (Norma Shearer) hubby takes a perfume-counter mistress Crystal (Joan Crawford), the other women try to keep it from her. But Mary finds out, and after confronting her husband with his infidelity, she demands a divorce -- and so it's off to Reno with her goody-two-shoes pal Peggy (Joan Fontaine).

She spends the next few weeks at a ranch with other soon-to-be-divorced women, including her neurotic cousin, a much-divorced countess and a vixen. And though Mary still loves her husband, he feels obligated to marry Crystal. But then Mary's daughter reveals some juicy new information about Crystal -- and Mary's pals band together to help her set things right.

"The Women" is an all-star cast, with all women. Not a man to be seen or even heard (although I can't vouch for the animals) -- even the kids are all girls. This allows the attention to remain on The Women, whether it's the naive girls, kindly matrons or the catty hens.

The original play was by Clare Boothe Luce, but Anita Loos gives it her own witty spin. And Loos -- the original chick-litter -- knew how to spin witty, sparking dialogue without breaking a sweat ("She's got those eyes that run up and down a man like a searchlight!").

The plot moves at a fast pace, with the occasional lull, where we get some barbed dialogue about marriage and infidelity.
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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 500 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Love this movie, watched it at least 20 times since it arrived! The performences are outstanding, too bad of the sexist b. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Michele M
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Rosalind Russell must be Found and Stopped!!!
This is a wonderfully dated (though still very relevant) and thoroughly entertaining comedy from the genius George Cukor. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2003 by Review Lover
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