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Mary McCarthy (novel)
Sidney Buchman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 March 1966 (USA) See more »
In June 1933, eight young women, who are close friends and members of the upper-class group at South Tower College... See more » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Busy, bustling, chatty character study-cum-soaper...several stand-out performances See more (24 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Candice Bergen ... Lakey Eastlake

Joan Hackett ... Dottie Renfrew Latham

Elizabeth Hartman ... Priss Hartshorn Crockett

Shirley Knight ... Polly Andrews Ridgeley

Joanna Pettet ... Kay Strong Peterson
Mary-Robin Redd ... Pokey Prothero Beauchamp

Jessica Walter ... Libby MacAusland
Kathleen Widdoes ... Helena Davison

James Broderick ... Dr. James Ridgeley
James Congdon ... Sloan Crockett

Larry Hagman ... Harald Peterson

Hal Holbrook ... Gus Leroy

Richard Mulligan ... Dick Brown

Robert Emhardt ... Henry Andrews
Carrie Nye ... Norine Blake
Philippa Bevans ... Mrs. Hartshorn
Leta Bonynge ... Mrs. Prothero
Marion Brash ... Radio Man's Wife
Sarah Burton ... Mrs. Davison

Flora Campbell ... Mrs. MacAusland
Bruno Di Cosmi ... Nils

Leora Dana ... Mrs. Renfrew
Bill Fletcher ... Bill, the Actor

George Gaynes ... Brook Latham
Martha Greenhouse ... Mrs. Bergler

Russell Hardie ... Mr. Davison
Vince Harding ... Mr. Eastlake
Doreen Lang ... Nurse Swenson
Chet London ... Radio Man

Baruch Lumet ... Mr. Schneider

John O'Leary ... Put Blake

Hildy Parks ... Nurse Catherine
Lidia Prochnicka ... The Baroness

Polly Rowles ... Mrs. Andrews
Douglas Rutherford ... Mr. Prothero
Truman Smith ... Mr. Bergler
Loretta White ... Mrs. Eastlake
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Anderson ... John Beauchamp (uncredited)

Peter Boyle ... (uncredited)

Ron Charles ... Dr. Jones (uncredited)
Richard Graham ... Rev. Garland (uncredited)
Edward Holmes ... Mr. MacAusland (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
Writing credits
Mary McCarthy (novel)

Sidney Buchman (screenplay)

Produced by
Sidney Buchman .... producer
Charles K. Feldman .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Charles Gross (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Boris Kaufman 
Film Editing by
Ralph Rosenblum 
Casting by
Jessica Levy 
Production Design by
Gene Callahan 
Set Decoration by
Jack Wright Jr. 
Marvin March (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist
Frederic Jones .... hair stylist
Production Management
Mel Howard .... unit production manager
Henry Spitz .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Belletier .... assistant director
Dan Eriksen .... assistant director
Art Department
Willis Conner .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor
Alan Heim .... sound editor (as Allan Heim)
Dennis Maitland .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Fortune .... lighting (as Buddy Fortune)
Edward Knott .... set grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe
Flo Transfield .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Sheila Bakerman .... assistant editor
Music Department
Robert De Cormier .... conductor
Charles Gross .... music supervisor
Frank Kulaga .... music recordist (uncredited)
Other crew
Charles K. Feldman .... presenter
Fred T. Gallo .... production assistant (as Fred Gallo)
Belle Iacobellis .... production secretary
Maggie James .... script supervisor
Frank Simpson .... production assistant
Louis A. Stroller .... production assistant (as Lou Stroller)
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:150 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA)
Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (video) | USA:Approved | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

In 1933, Dottie Renfrew (Joan Hackett) tells Dick Brown (Richard Mulligan) that she is the oldest member of the group at 23. In reality, Hackett was the oldest of the eight actresses to play one of the members of the titular group, having been born in 1934.See more »
Miscellaneous: When arguing politics with Norine, Helena says, "The whole class voted for Roosevelt in the college poll," 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 Sidney Lumet but he never corrected it.See more »
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.See more »


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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Busy, bustling, chatty character study-cum-soaper...several stand-out performances, 29 June 2009
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Film producer Sidney Buchman also took on the enormous task of adapting Mary McCarthy's well-loved novel to the screen, that of eight Vassar graduates in 1933 who take different paths in life but who always manage to stay in touch. Buchman and director Sidney Lumet almost pull it off, despite insurmountable story obstacles, some awkward and/or frivolous performances, a self-defeating length, and a persistent claim from professional critics at the time that maybe a female screenwriter should have been hired to adapt McCarthy's prose (Pauline Kael of The New Yorker was the most vocal in this area). With much criss-cross editing between apartments, hospitals, and places of employment, it's nearly impossible to determine how many years pass in the course of the story--and this episodic structure leaves Candice Bergen's Lakey and Mary-Robin Redd's Pokey with hardly any screen-time. Joan Hackett as Dottie makes a very appealing impression in her early scenes (falling for heartless womanizer Richard Mulligan), but then she too disappears. There's far too much of Joanna Pettet in the overtly-showy role of Kay (and with her comes Larry Hagman, doing nothing new in the impossible role of Kay's hard-drinking, womanizing husband). Elizabeth Hartman as Priss and Shirley Knight as Polly end up doing the finest acting work, with Knight practically carrying the film's final third, but then the screenplay is tipped towards our liking those characters the most (if Jessica Walters' gossiping Libby was revealed to have half a heart, we might feel the same towards her). The scattershot humor is there, but it's always undercut by sourness--which is then replaced with grimness. If Buchman was inappropriate as the writer, Lumet was equally a questionable choice as director. He keeps the pacing lively, but the film is without vitriol, without nostalgia. **1/2 from ****

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