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Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay

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In this broadly satirical TV biopic, Shirley MacLaine pulls out all the stops as legendary cosmetics queen Mary Kay Ash. In Citizen Kane fashion, Mary Kay relates her rise to the top of the home-beauty industry to an inquiring reporter Rachel Crawford, never allowing an opportunity pass to emphasize how many doors she has opened for the working women of America. Ultimately, however, Mary Kay's predominance is threatened by a much younger and shriller rival, Jinger Heath Parker Posey, whose BeautiControl company ...
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Overview

In this broadly satirical TV biopic, Shirley MacLaine pulls out all the stops as legendary cosmetics queen Mary Kay Ash. In Citizen Kane fashion, Mary Kay relates her rise to the top of the home-beauty industry to an inquiring reporter Rachel Crawford, never allowing an opportunity pass to emphasize how many doors she has opened for the working women of America. Ultimately, however, Mary Kay's predominance is threatened by a much younger and shriller rival, Jinger Heath Parker Posey, whose BeautiControl company takes an enormous bite out of Mary Kay's share of the market. Caught in the middle is a slightly off-center beauty named Lexi Wilcox Shannen Doherty. Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay originally aired on October 6, 2002.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Very much a piece with the similarly irreverent movies-of-the-week When Billie Beat Bobby and Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three's Company, this warts-and-all period biopic of cosmetics queen Mary Kay takes a minor moment in pop culture history and elevates it to the level of broad, affectionate satire. If anything, Hell on Heels indulges in too much vamp-camp: The wild zooms, fractured-screen editing techniques, and swooning, jokey score occasionally reveal the filmmakers' desperation for laughs, even when the screenplay's epic accounts of back-stabbing are more than enough to hold any audience's attention. In fact, the casting alone could've carried the film, what with Shirley MacLaine digging into perhaps her ripest part since Terms of Endearment and Parker Posey providing the perfect counterbalance of frazzled, self-obsessed pluck. Thanks to their contributions and director Ed Gernon's fleet-footed sense of pacing, Hell on Heels hits far more often than it misses, providing the kind of trenchant humor last seen in such biting Americana parodies as Used Cars or The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/2009
  • UPC: 096009675394
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Platinum Disc
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,156

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shirley MacLaine Mary Kay Ash
Parker Posey Jinger Heath
Shannen Doherty Lexi Wilcox
R.H. Thomson Richard Rogers
Barry Flatman Dick Heath
Rachel Crawford Annika Kern
Maggie Butterfield Doris
Terri Cherniak Liz
Paul Christie Lexy's Husband
Catherine Fitch Beverly
Rebecca Gibson Tanya
Dean McKenzie Clifton Sanders
Marnie McPhail Brooke
Marvin Kaye Investment Banker
Jon Ted Wynne Lighting Guy
Jinger Heath
Technical Credits
Ed Gernon Director, Executive Producer
Steve Danyluk Cinematographer
Jonathan Goldsmith Score Composer
Martha Mann Costumes/Costume Designer
Ian McDougall Producer
Howard Meltzer Executive Producer
Patricia Resnick Teleplay
Harvey Rosenstock Editor
Peter Sussman Executive Producer
Harold Thrasher Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hell on Wheels: The Battle of Mary Kay
1. Messiah To Millions [11:31]
2. Ambition [10:22]
3. Guide to Success [5:30]
4. Harsh Memories [8:47]
5. Tradition [12:11]
6. New Strategy [10:07]
7. End of Days [5:25]
8. Primetime [6:16]
9. Rep War [3:56]
10. Downward Spiral [5:05]
11. Facing Reality [8:25]
12. Crowned Queen [6:25]
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