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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Loden ...
Wanda Goronski
Michael Higgins ...
Norman Dennis
Dorothy Shupenes ...
Wanda's Sister
Peter Shupenes ...
Brother In Law
Jerome Thier ...
John
Marian Thier ...
Miss Godek
Anthony Rotell ...
Tony
M.L. Kennedy ...
Judge
Gerald Grippo ...
Court Clerk
Milton Gittleman ...
Factory Owner
Lila Gittleman ...
His Wife
Arnold Kanig ...
Traveling Salesman
Joe Dennis ...
Joe
Charles Dosinan ...
Father
Jack Ford ...
Mr. Anderson
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In the coal mining region of Pennsylvania, Wanda Goronski is constantly drinking to shut out the problems in her life. Having deserted her husband and infant children, Wanda sleeps on her sister's couch - when she isn't sleeping with the latest man who bought her a drink - and is unemployed with no long term job prospect. Her drinking and her life in combination have made her an emotionless woman. Her life changes when she meets Norman Dennis in a bar. She initially believes he's the bartender, but in reality he's a petty criminal who just held up the bar in question. Even after she learns Mr. Dennis' occupation and despite he treating her poorly, she willingly goes along with him and his petty crimes as a way to get through life. Mr. Dennis, on the other hand, sees her as a conduit to bigger and better things. Although things don't turn out quite the way either of the two envision, Wanda does at least begin to feel once again. Written by Huggo

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Norman Dennis: If you don't want anything you won't have anything, and if you don't have anything, you're as good as dead.
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A nothing woman who's got nothing.
11 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

Elia Kazan then -wife's only movie is unique.Barbara Loden was cast as Beatty's sister in the marvelous "splendor in the grass"(1961):a diametrically opposite part to "Wanda".The gal in Kazan's movie,unlike Beatty and Wood's characters ,initiates the events instead of reacting to them,even if she won't escape her fate.Wanda is not that kind of girl.She's a nothing girl who's got nothing.She's born to be a slave,an object.The first to come can treat her like a dog,still,she will be rapturous about him.

Wanda is one of the most depressing character you can see on the screen.Shot in 1970,when women's lib was at its height,it might be a metaphor of the female condition.It was Kate Millet's time,John and Yoko Lennon used to sing "woman is the nigger of the world".But anyway ,"Wanda " is timeless ,unhip(meant as a compliment),and seems to come from another world.Primarily a road movie,but a stark one.The influences,as an user has already pointed out,should be found in European cinema,Fellini's"la strada",for instance,but Anthony Quinn had something human going for him,whereas M.Higgins is totally devoid of any sensitivity.


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