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The Group (1966)

 -  Drama  -  4 March 1966 (USA)
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It's 1933, and eight young women are friends and members of the upper- class group at a private girl's school, about to graduate and start their own lives. The film documents the years ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary-Robin Redd ...
Kathleen Widdoes ...
Dr. Ridgeley
James Congdon ...
Sloan Crockett
Harald Peterson
Gus Leroy
Dick Brown
Robert Emhardt ...
Mr. Andrews
Carrie Nye ...


It's 1933, and eight young women are friends and members of the upper- class group at a private girl's school, about to graduate and start their own lives. The film documents the years between their graduation and the beginning of the World War in Europe, and shows, in a serialized style, their romances and marriages, their searches for careers or meaning in their lives, their highs and their lows. Written by Gary Dickerson <>

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4 March 1966 (USA)  »

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Joanna Pettet's first film. See more »


In one shot the Pan Am building is clearly visible in the background even though it was not yet built in 1933. See more »


Libby: I'm appalled by all this vulgar breeding.
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Terrific Performances In One Truly Unique Motion Picture...
1 September 1999 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

One of Sidney Lumet's first directing attempts is a brilliant, powerful and undeniably courageous motion picture - not at all a sprawling frenzy of feelings strung by hammy performances and corny dialogues, this film is a rather organized , neat telling of eight graduates from Vassar-like college and their respective lives and times, that in it's own quiet way, became a masterpiece of great beauty, displaying strong, formidable performances by Pettet - as Kay Strong, a lovely young lady whose promissing future is teared to shreds as her cruel Play Writing husband ruins her life and slowly corrompts her mental sanity -, Hackett - as Dottie Renfrew, whose heart is broken by young, hip bohemian, that steels her virginity and commits herself to a futile, selfish fate - and Hartman(One Of The Most Wonderful Actresses That Ever Lived, And Whose Life Was Brought To A Horrid Ending, As She Comitted Suicide, Jumping Off Her Apartment Window) - as a pure , fragile young girl that has agonizing experiments with pregnancy and breast-feeding, as well as other cast members, like Bergen, Widdoes, fascinating Knight and Walter. This is adapted from Mary MacCarthy's brilliant novel, launched at the same time as 'Valley Of The Dolls', Jacqueline Sussan's hideous all-american best-seller - although' they both treat of feminine sagas, they are surely not to be confused.

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