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The Group (1966)

Approved | | Drama | 4 March 1966 (USA)
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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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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
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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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Hal Holbrook's first film. See more »

Goofs

Kathleen Widdoes, as Helena, arguing politics with Norine, says, "The whole class voted for Roosevelt," when she means "the whole group". Pauline Kael, who was watching the filming and following the script, wrote that she pointed this mistake out to director Sidney Lumet, but he never corrected it. See more »

Quotes

Lakey: There was another game that Kay insisted on playing: the Truth Game. Everyone was to make a list of their friends, in order of preference, and then compare the lists. What Kay never stopped to think about was that somebody always had to be at the bottom of every list. And when that somebody cried, Kay was honestly surprised.
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Referenced in Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 (1999) See more »

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Brilliant!!
24 June 1999 | by (Durham, England) – See all my reviews

I saw this film last night and was absolutely stunned by how excellent it was. Not only did it seem to be one of the first 'chick flicks' (sorry for anyone who hates that title) but it was incredibly brave to deal with extremly contentious issues. The colours and the costumes in the film made the film seem like a true snapshot for life for seven educated women getting by in the first half in the century. It did not shy away from the issues of sex, and mental illness which is brave for a film made over thirty years ago. I started watching this film because I couldn't sleep but ended up watching it until 2.30am defintely entertaining and possibly superior to 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie'??


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