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The Group (1966)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dottie
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Priss
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Polly
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Kay
Mary-Robin Redd ...
Pokey
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Libby
Kathleen Widdoes ...
Helena
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Dr. Ridgeley
James Congdon ...
Sloan Crockett
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Harald Peterson
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Gus Leroy
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Dick Brown
Robert Emhardt ...
Mr. Andrews
Carrie Nye ...
Norine
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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 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 <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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4 March 1966 (USA)  »

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El grupo  »

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Joanna Pettet's first film. See more »

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When Libby McAusland sits down to lunch at the hospital cafeteria there is spilled coffee in the saucer of her cup. When she picks up the cup in the next shot the spilled coffee is gone. See more »

Quotes

Dottie: Where is the breakfast?
Libby: Brevoort. charming old Hotel. So much more appropriate, don't you think, Lakey?
Lakey: What?
Libby: Kay and Harald giving the breakfast.
Lakey: City Hall would have been more appropriate too I think. Instead of trying to carry it off in Peter Styvesant's church. Harald not to the manor born, exactly.
Libby: How hard you can be, Lakey.
Dottie: Yet Kay adores you. And you used to like her best in your heart of hearts.
Lakey: You might spare me a cliche' like "heart of hearts," Dottie.
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Admittedly, similar to a soap opera in content....
9 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

but this film is interesting for the cast, and the time period it depicts. Also the costumes are rather amusing. I have not yet read the book although several reviews have mentioned the time warp factor.

Candice Bergen is in an early role as member of an elite group of Vassar graduates. Joan Hackett, Joanna Pettet, Larry Hagman (as her alcoholic husband), Hal Holbrook, James Broderick, Jessica Walter (as swinging single gossip in the NY publishing world), Kathleen Widdoes, Carrie Nye, Elizabeth Hartman and several other notable appearances make for an interesting cast.

Some of the dialog will take you back to a different time. The controversy of breast over bottle feeding, Republican vs. FDR Democrat (there are some pretty amusing scenes between Priss (Elizabeth Hartman) and her pediatrician husband, a Republican, who says after her second miscarriage this will give him a bad reputation in the hospital (!). Obviously, the book may be more interesting, and less histrionic.

Jessica Walter is very good, and amusing; wish she had done more films in the 80's and 90's (She was great in "Slums of Beverly Hills", with Alan Arkin, as well). I do not watch regular television although several have mentioned she is very good in the Ron Howard comedy "Arrested Development".

At any rate, a good escapist film, which I would not completely dismiss as soap opera, since there are skilled actors and some worthwhile dialog. 8/10.


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