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All About Eve (1950)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  15 January 1951 (Sweden)
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An ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.


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Top Rated Movies #102 | Won 6 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Ratoff ...
Walter Hampden ...
Aged Actor
Craig Hill ...
Leading Man
Leland Harris ...
Barbara White ...
Autograph Seeker


Aspiring actress Eve Harrington maneuvers her way into the lives of Broadway star Margo Channing, playwright Lloyd Richards and director Bill Sampson. This classic story of ambition and betrayal has become part of American folklore. Bette Davis claims to have based her character on the persona of film actress Talullah Bankhead. Davis' line "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night" is legendary, but, in fact, all of the film's dialog sparkles with equal brilliance. Written by Jeanne Baker <jbaker@erim.org>

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It's all about women---and their men!


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

15 January 1951 (Sweden)  »

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Box Office


$1,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,177 (USA) (6 October 2000)


$10,177 (USA) (6 October 2000)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Marlene Dietrich was considered for the role of Margo Channing. It was decided that she was 'too German' for the part. See more »


When the car runs out of gas, the fuel gauge still shows that the tank is just under half full. See more »


Addison DeWitt: You're maudlin and full of self-pity. You're magnificent!
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Crazy Credits

Eddie Fisher is credited in the cast as 'Stage Manager,' although all of his scenes were cut from the released print. This is not the the singer Eddie Fisher, but another actor. See more »


Referenced in Straight Plan for the Gay Man (2004) See more »


Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Played on the piano at the party when Margo is going upstairs
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It's going to be a BETTE night....
24 December 2004 | by (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

All About Eve is an excellent film in every aspect. The 14 Oscar nominations, and six wins, testify to this. For 47 years EVE held the record for most nominations -- in 1997 Titanic matched the 14 nominations. Bette Davis was awarded the New York Critics Award once in her 58 year career -- and it was for this film. Marilyn Monroe, Thelma Ritter and Celeste Holms gave terrific supporting performances while Anne Baxter kept up with the great Bette every frame of the way. It was Bette's eighth nomination, and sixth loss; Judy Holiday won for Born Yesterday, beating two legends -- Gloria Swanson was also nominated that year for Sunset Blvd. All About Eve was the first film to be released after Bette ended her 18 years with Warner Brothers. For a moment she was back on top of the world, only to find disappointment throughout the 50's with choices and offerings in Hollywood. The writing by Mankiewicz and supporting performance by George Saunders would alone make the film worth viewing -- A NEAR PEFECT FILM!

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