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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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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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Baruch Lumet (Mr. Schneider) was the father of the director Sidney Lumet. 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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Glossy and superficial
16 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A poor script, directed by Sidney Lumet, looses the social observation and satiric tone of Mary McCarthy's novel turning it into a glossy, breezy, soap opera. The characters, their problems and relationships are none too compelling, and who is the audience supposed to identify with? The film moves along but, it's going nowhere in particular; it's talky, choppy, and too long (21/2 hours). In addition, the set design is drab and cluttered. The film's main interest is seeing a number of actors in their earliest roles. Elizabeth Hartman is touching as Priss, Bergen is striking as Lakey, Kathleen Widdoes effective as Helena, Carrie Nye scores a bullseye as Norine, Larry Hagman is a believably despicable Harold while Jessica Walter has a field day as Libby. Joanna Pettet has the most substantial role of her career as Kay, but Shirley Knight(Polly) and Hal Holbrook are saddled with boring roles, and play them accordingly. Joan Hackett is fine though she has little to do, and last and least is Mary-Robin Redd as Pokey. Boris Kaufman gets the credit for the cinematography, and Sidney Buchman the blame for the shallow script. Lumet, the director of The Hill, Fail Safe, Prince of the City, and 12 Angry Men, is out of his element here.


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