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3 Women -- Shy, reclusive girl Pinky starts work at a sanitarium and becomes emotionally attached to her fellow worker, Millie. After an accident, the women seem to inexplicably swap personalities, and then return back to normal. A third woman, a local artist, prowls around on the periphery of the story.
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Release Date:
25 May 1977 (France) See more »
1 woman became 2/2 women became 3/3 women became 1
Pinky is an awkward adolescent who starts work at a spa in the California desert. She becomes overly attached to fellow spa attendant... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 1 nomination See more »
Director Robert Altman Dies at 81
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Psychological Study of Human Stability See more (81 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Shelley Duvall ... Millie Lammoreaux

Sissy Spacek ... Pinky Rose

Janice Rule ... Willie Hart
Robert Fortier ... Edgar Hart
Ruth Nelson ... Mrs. Rose
John Cromwell ... Mr. Rose
Sierra Pecheur ... Ms. Bunweill

Craig Richard Nelson ... Dr. Maas
Maysie Hoy ... Doris

Belita Moreno ... Alcira
Leslie Ann Hudson ... Polly
Patricia Ann Hudson ... Peggy
Beverly Ross ... Deidre
John Davey ... Dr. Norton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dennis Christopher ... Soda Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Barrie Youngfellow ... Connie (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Altman 
Writing credits
Robert Altman 

Patricia Resnick  uncredited

Produced by
Robert Altman .... producer
Scott Bushnell .... associate producer
Robert Eggenweiler .... associate producer (as Robert Eggenweiller)
Original Music by
Gerald Busby 
Cinematography by
Charles Rosher Jr. (director of photography) (as Chuck Rosher)
Film Editing by
Dennis M. Hill  (as Dennis Hill)
Art Direction by
James Dowell Vance  (as James D. Vance)
Set Decoration by
Shelly Duval (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Kaye Pownall .... hair stylist
Monty Westmore .... makeup
Production Management
William A. Sawyer .... post production supervisor (as Bill Sawyer)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carol Himes .... second assistant director
Tommy Thompson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Michael C. Ayers .... property assistant (as Michael Ayers)
J. Allen Highfill .... visual consultant
Richard Valesko .... property master
Bodhi Wind .... murals
Dave Margolin .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
David M. Horton .... sound editor
Chris McLaughlin .... sound
Bill Phillips .... sound editor
Richard Portman .... re-recording mixer
James E. Webb .... sound (as Jim Webb)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bailey .... camera operator
Robert Bennett .... dolly grip (as Robert L. Bennett)
Robert E. Dawes Jr. .... first camera assistant
Tim Evans .... gaffer
John Garcia .... best boy
Harry Rez .... key grip
Glenn K. Shimada .... second camera assistant (as Glenn Shimada)
Jacque E. Wallace .... best boy grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jules Melillo .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Mark Eggenweiler .... assistant editor
Maysie Hoy .... assistant editor
Tony Lombardo .... assistant editor
Music Department
Tom Walls .... music editor
Other crew
Mike Kaplan .... publicist
Michael Parloff .... flute soloists
Dan Perri .... title design
Patricia Resnick .... production assistant
Ann Tait .... production accountant
Tommy Thompson .... production executive
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Robert Altman's 3 Women" - USA (complete title)
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124 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (re-rating) (2006) | UK:AA (original rating) (1977) | USA:PG | USA:Approved | West Germany:12

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Ingmar Bergman's Persona (1966) was a major influence on the project.See more »
Continuity: 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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Referenced in Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)See more »


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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Psychological Study of Human Stability, 9 December 2004
Author: MuzikNFilm ( from California USA

We are all on the brink. Many of us have endearing qualities that are lacking in others and vice versa. Do we question ourselves or do we change drastically? Can we become better people or are we doomed with our very own dismal personality traits? These are the questions that the film, 3 Women, examines.

I saw this film as a 14 year old boy with no preconceptions. It made me feel like there were imposter's as well as identity thieves among us all. I even became suspicious of people who I considered to be my allies! A truly, classic piece of cinema paranoia (in the tradition of Polanski's The Tenant). Except in this case, there is no illusion. Just one ,blatant, slap in the face after another. When you watch this film, it will literally shed it's skin and reveal something that is spookily real and very threatening, without all the supernatural riff-raff and far-fetched plot. This is a film about REAL characters and REAL development. The ending can be summed up by the scene which precedes it, in which the three women are brought together by a rather tragic incident, as this breathes new "life" into their bleak, sometimes dusty environments. "One woman became two..Two became three...3 Women became One."

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