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3 Women (1977)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  25 May 1977 (France)
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Pinky is an awkward adolescent who starts work at a spa in the California desert. She becomes overly attached to fellow spa attendant, Millie when she becomes Millie's room-mate. Mille is a... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Robert Fortier ...
Ruth Nelson ...
Mrs. Rose
John Cromwell ...
Mr. Rose
Sierra Pecheur ...
Ms. Bunweill
Dr. Maas
Maysie Hoy ...
Leslie Ann Hudson ...
Patricia Ann Hudson ...
Beverly Ross ...
John Davey ...
Dr. Norton


Pinky is an awkward adolescent who starts work at a spa in the California desert. She becomes overly attached to fellow spa attendant, Millie when she becomes Millie's room-mate. Mille is a lonely outcast who desperately tries to win attention with constant up-beat chatter. They hang out at a bar owned by a strange pregnant artist and her has-been cowboy husband. After two emotional crises, the three woman steal and trade personalities until they settle into a new family unit that seems to give each woman what she was searching for. Written by danetta cox cordova

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25 May 1977 (France)  »

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Robert Altman's 3 Women  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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Shelley Duvall's skirt getting stuck in the car door was initially accidental. Robert Altman found it amusing and asked her to intentionally do it throughout the rest of the filming. See more »


When Millie and Pinkie prepare for dinner party, the time line is way out of whack. Scene begins in early morning, as Millie wakes Pinkie and tells her she is going grocery shopping for the dinner. Millie returns from store (presumably within an hour or so), Pinkie carries out garbage after spilling shrimp cocktail on herself and, en route to trash cans, meets dinner guests who say they can't come because they're on way to a beer joint instead - a scene that would have occurred no later than mid-morning and means that seven or more hours are unaccounted for. See more »


Millie Lammoreaux: Don't you remember her, Dr. Maas? Pinky Rose. She's all well now, and she wants to come back to work.
Dr. Maas: Rose? I don't - Lammoreaux, Bunweill's in charge of personnel. And if there's no place for her here, there's no place for her.
Millie Lammoreaux: But she's already worked here. She's really good, Dr. Maas. Everybody liked her. Really.
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And Now For Something Completely Different
22 September 2004 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

3 Women is a seriously strange mood study that plays like a languid nightmare. It is an abstract and unusual film, loaded with symbolism. The logic, if there is any, is dream logic. Everything is open to interpretation. There is no sense to be made of it so don't even try.

The first half of the film is slow and aimless but things get very interesting once Pinky (brilliantly acted by Sissy Spacek) hits her head. Pinky sort of becomes Millie (Shelley Duvall) and Millie sort of becomes Pinky and they both sort of become the dream of Willie (Janice Rule) or maybe they don't. Listening to director Robert Altman's commentary on the DVD is revealing. He says that he sees the film as a painting and that the audience should feel it but not understand it.

The references to Persona are obvious but while watching 3 Women I was reminded of another haunting and puzzling film- Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Mysterious and deeply Freudian, 3 Women is one truly unique work so sit back and marvel at the inexplicable.

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