The Women

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Overview

Veteran producer/director Diane English The Lathe of Heaven, Murphy Brown helms this contemporized remake of George Cukor's beloved proto-feminist comedy drama The Women 1939, an adaptation of Clare Boothe Luce's play. The English version follows the gossip, bitchy wisecracking, and overall disillusionment that erupt among a group of socialite friends when their dearest and most envied learns of her husband's marital infidelity at the hands of a backstabbing shopgirl. The all-female cast is fronted by Meg Ryan, ...
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Overview

Veteran producer/director Diane English The Lathe of Heaven, Murphy Brown helms this contemporized remake of George Cukor's beloved proto-feminist comedy drama The Women 1939, an adaptation of Clare Boothe Luce's play. The English version follows the gossip, bitchy wisecracking, and overall disillusionment that erupt among a group of socialite friends when their dearest and most envied learns of her husband's marital infidelity at the hands of a backstabbing shopgirl. The all-female cast is fronted by Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Candice Bergen, with supporting roles inhabited by Bette Midler, Cloris Leachman, and Carrie Fisher.
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Special Features

Delicious additional scenes; The Women: The Legacy - the journey from 1936 stage success to classic 1939 movie to this comtemporary update; The Women Behind the Women: Visiting the cast and crew to cover issues of female empowerment, body image and self-esteem for girls; The Women: The Legacy - the journey from 1936 stage success to classic 1939 movie to this contemporary update
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/19/2008
  • UPC: 794043127861
  • Original Release: 2008
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  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 67,814

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meg Ryan Mary Haines
Annette Bening Sylvie Fowler
Eva Mendes Crystal Allen
Debra Messing Edie Cohen
Jada Pinkett Smith Alex Fisher
Candice Bergen Catherine Frazier
Bette Midler Leah Miller
Cloris Leachman Maggie
Carrie Fisher Bailey Smith
Lynn Whitfield Glenda Hill
Joanna Gleason Barbara
Ana Gasteyer Pat
Debi Mazar Tanya
Tilly Scott Pedersen Uta
India Ennenga Molly Haines
Jill Flint Annie
Technical Credits
Diane English Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Jeff Abberley Executive Producer
Bob Berney Executive Producer
Julia Blackman Executive Producer
Carolyn Blackwood Executive Producer
Chris Douridas Musical Direction/Supervision
John Dunn Costumes/Costume Designer
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Mark Isham Score Composer
Mick Jagger Producer
Bill Johnson Producer
Amanda Mackey Casting
Anastas Michos Cinematographer
Jane Musky Production Designer
Jay Nierenberg Sound/Sound Designer
Tia Nolan Editor
Victoria Pearman Producer
Jim Seibel Executive Producer
Bobby Sheng Executive Producer
Joel Shukovsky Executive Producer
James W. Skotchdopole Executive Producer
Christopher Surgent Asst. Director
Tom Williams Sound Mixer
Mario R. Ventenilla Art Director
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fiesty! A must have for fans of "strong women" RomComs

    I bought this without seeing it and I'm SO glad I did. This is a fantastic story. I'm very eager to see the original and see how well it follows.

    What I truly love about this movie is that there are NO men. That is a fantastic cinematic feat in a film. It adds a unique twist to the visuals of the movie and emphasizes the strengths of the women.

    Debra Messing and Jada Pinkett Smith... I can't decide who stole the show. Both characters did so much in such subtle ways to advance the plot between Meg Ryan's character and her husband and between her character and her best friend, Annette Benning's character.

    This story highlights many of the struggles women face - issues with family (husband, child, parents), issues with work (happiness, "a woman in a man's world", back stabbing), issues with friendship (backstabbing, sisterhood, lack of communication). Everything was handled with sensitivity (not kid gloves) to allow the audience to form their own opinions about how best to handle the situations the characters find themselves in. I very much appreciated that the opinions of the film's creators were there but not the overlying message.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Can't beat the original!

    The original "The Women" with Norma Shear and an unforgettable cast was the best except for the corny last scene. So I was hoping that they would change the ending for the new version, creating a very independent woman out of the main character (Meg Ryan). They did a 50/50 that one can live with. I think the cast could have been better because they didn't come across as truly beliveable or as funny as the original. If you are going to recreate a great movie, you should find the best director and actors who can fill the bill. Sadly, this missed the mark.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Definitely not a 1930's film...

    Meg Ryan's character, Mary Haines, asked it best, "What is this, a movie from the 30's?" And the answer is definitely not! When I first watched "The Women," I must admit that I was a little disappointed. I went into the theater thinking that it was going to be exactly like the movie I had seen from the 1930's starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, and Rosalind Russel. But in all fact, I should have known that today's society is no longer like that of the thirties, so instead of seeing the women stab each other in the back you see the women trying to support each other.

    This movie keeps the main plot and a lot of the "quick wit" that was so known for the earlier version. Today's "The Women" shows how far we as a society have come, being supportive and allowing the original lesbian character from the play to be incorporated in today's movie (left out due to censorship of the era).

    I would suggest this movie to all sorts of women, whether young, old, rich, or poor. Whomever watches this movie will walk away with a sense of empowerment and that "can do anything" attitude. I also suggest that if you have the time to watch the version from 1939, just to see how different the two really are. Enjoy the movie, I sure did!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Nice Chick Flick

    Not overwhelmingly stimulating but quite enjoyable. Would not recommend watching this with a guy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Wonderful Movie

    The Women in this movie was wonderful and funny. It show how women can be there for each other.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty good but not quite outstanding.

    I really enjoyed the overall movie and loved the enormous number of superstar actresses they had onboard this project. This movie was a great modern twist on the original 1930's film, but it didn't quite have the same magic that the first one had...but of course that's kinda of a DUH moment. Overall though, the movie was pretty good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful girl movie.

    If you want a steamy movie. Go somewhere else. This is a wonderful trip through the changing relationships between women. This charming story takes you through the full range of emotions. You may not agree with some of the decisions these women make but you sure can understand them. <BR/><BR/>I trust these actresses to deliver and deliver they did.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Had a lot of great moments

    I enjoyed it. It had a lot of great moments.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    don't waste your time!

    This movie was not as good as I thought it was going to be. There is not ONE single sight of a male in this film, which I thought was extremely weird since the whole movie is based around a husband that is having an affair on his wife. I love most of the actresses in this movie, however I was very disappointed. It didn't hold my attention very much. If you are going to see this, it is for sure a chick flick!

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