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Paul Gégauff (scenario and dialogue)
Claude Chabrol (adaptation)
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Release Date:
22 April 1960 (France) See more »
Four Parisian women navigate the world of romance and daily life looking to fulfill their dreams but often find real-life to be inescapable. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Bernadette Lafont ... Jane
Clotilde Joano ... Jacqueline

Stéphane Audran ... Ginette
Lucile Saint-Simon ... Rita
Pierre Bertin ... Monsieur Belin
Jean-Louis Maury ... Marcel
Albert Dinan ... Albert
Ave Ninchi ... Mme Louise
Sacha Briquet ... Henri

Claude Berri ... Le copain de Jane
Jean Barclay
Rossana Rossanigo
Dolly Bell ... La danseuse nue
Gabriel Gobin ... Le père d'Henri (as Gabriel Gobain)
France Asselin ... La mère d'Henri
Jean-Marie Arnoux
Robert Barre
Trio Rody Renatal
Dominique Zardi ... Le chef d'orchestre
Philippe Castelli ... Le régisseur

Mario David ... André Lapierre
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henri Attal ... Un ami de Jane et Jacqueline (uncredited)
Charles Bayard ... (uncredited)
Charles Belmont ... (uncredited)
Serge Bento ... Nounours (uncredited)
Karen Blanguernon ... La fille du bal (uncredited)

Claude Chabrol ... Un nageur à la piscine (uncredited)
Jenny Doria ... (uncredited)
Liliane Dreyfus ... Une fille à la piscine (uncredited)
Simone Landry ... (uncredited)
Louison Roblin ... (uncredited)
László Szabó ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Claude Chabrol 
Writing credits
Paul Gégauff (scenario and dialogue)

Claude Chabrol (adaptation)

Produced by
Raymond Hakim .... producer
Robert Hakim .... producer
Original Music by
Pierre Jansen 
Paul Misraki 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë 
Film Editing by
Jacques Gaillard 
Art Direction by
Jacques Mély 
Makeup Department
Louis Bonnemaison .... makeup chief
Production Management
Ralph Baum .... production manager
Jean Lavie .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles L. Bitsch .... assistant director (as Charles Bitsch)
Art Department
André Labussière .... set dresser
Raymond Lemoigne .... property master
Sound Department
Jean-Claude Marchetti .... sound engineer
Maurice Rémy .... sound recordist
Guy Villette .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
André Dino .... still photographer
Jean Rabier .... camera operator
Jean-Paul Schwartz .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Gisèle Chézeau .... assistant editor
Claude Le Moro .... assistant editor
Other crew
Jacqueline Parey .... script girl
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les bonnes femmes" - France (original title)
"The Good Time Girls" - USA (informal literal English title)
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100 min | West Germany:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording)

Did You Know?

Les Bonnes Femmes (1960), now regarded as one of Claude Chabrol's masterworks, was a critical and commercial failure when it was originally released. In her autobiography "Le Roman de ma vie", Bernadette Lafont remembers that, at one point during the movie premiere, a viewer furiously screamed that he wanted back the 5 francs he had paid for the ticket. Chabrol, who was sitting before him, turned around and gave them to him. Also, at the end of the screening, another spectator tried to get in a fist fight with the director. The two men were separated.See more »
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Referenced in Men and Women (1964)See more »


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11 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
One of a kind, 28 June 2005
Author: youwinjack from United States

A friend of mine - a film scholar - once said that this film shouldn't work but it does. He was absolutely right. I cannot think of one good reason why this film should be as good as it is. The tone is observational, like many films of the "New Wave," but it lacks the frenetic energy of Godard, or the jaded lyricism of Truffaut. The tone of the film changes drastically at several points, and in any other film this would become a big turn off. But a strand of sincere honesty about the characters and their emotions holds the film together, stronger than any formality.

Let the film take you where it wants you to go, and the experience is wonderful.

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