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Legendary director John Ford's final film involving seven dedicated missionary women in China circa 1935 trying to protect themselves from the advances of a Mongolian barbaric warlord and his cut-throat gang of warriors.



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Complete credited cast:
Dr. D.R. Cartwright
Emma Clark - Mission Staff
Margaret Leighton ...
Agatha Andrews - Head of Mission
Miss Binns - Head of British Mission
Jane Argent - Andrews' Assistant
Betty Field ...
Mrs. Florrie Pether - Charles' pregnant wife
Mrs. Russell - Mission Staff
Charles Pether - Mission Teacher
Tunga Khan - Bandit Leader
Lean Warrior
Jane Chang ...
Miss Ling - Mission Staff
Hans William Lee ...
Kim - Mission Staff
H.W. Gim ...
Chinese Girl


In a mission in China in 1935, Agatha Andrews is a rigid missionary beset by Mongolian bandits led by Warlord chief Tunga Khan. With her are her assistant Jane Argent, staff members Emma Clark, Miss Russell and Miss Binns, head of the British mission, Charles Pather, a teacher at the mission and his pregnant wife Florrie. When Dr. D.R. Cartwright arrives, she agrees to sacrifice herself to the Tunga Khan in exchange for his letting the ladies go free. Written by alfiehitchie

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A Story of Flame and Fury, Faith and Fear, Love and Adventure




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Release Date:

24 March 1966 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Chinese Finale  »

Box Office


$2,300,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Anne Bancroft replaced Patricia Neal when Neal suffered a stroke during filming. See more »


The hairstyle of Dr. Cartwright is a 1960s fashion that is out of place in 1935. See more »


Agatha Andrews - Head of Mission: I want you to listen carefully, Emma. I'm only trying to protect you. You understand that, don't you?
Emma Clark - Mission Staff: No.
Agatha Andrews - Head of Mission: You've lived a very sheltered life. Your father, both your brothers, ministers of the gospel. Dr. Cartwright comes from quite a different world. She'll never fit into a Christian community. I'm writing to... to headquarters to ask them to replace her as soon as possible.
Emma Clark - Mission Staff: But I find her so interesting.
Agatha Andrews - Head of Mission: Smoking? Sitting before grace? Using profane words? You call that interesting? I can see ...
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Referenced in Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinémathèque (2004) See more »


O Little Town of Bethlehem
Music by Lewis H. Redner and lyrics by Phillips Brooks
Sung by the women
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"Seven Women" is the last feature film of John Ford, arguably the greatest director the United States has yet produced. After a half century of film making, Ford ended his fabled career with a wide screen feature about women in peril at a Chinese mission. Infirm and alcoholic, he filmed it on an MGM sound stage; MGM then cut it and tossed it away on the bottom half of a double bill.

Today, the film is little known and seldom seen. It is far from Ford's best work, yet there is power and believability in many of the lead performances, and power in the arc of the story. Anne Bancroft shines as a feisty New York doctor who ultimately sacrifices herself to save the other missionaries -- many whom she doesn't agree with -- from brutal deaths at the hands of Chinese bandits. Her work here is more forceful and better realized than her role of Mrs. Robinson, done two years later.

The best gift MGM/Sony could give lovers of serious cinema is a clean print of this forgotten film. Its sets are often glaringly artificial, and some of the secondary players are over the top (an old weakness of Ford's) as well as miscast, but "7W" is a far better film than Hollywood legend has told us.

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