IMDb > 3 Women (1977)
3 Women
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guide
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

3 Women (1977) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 40 | slideshow) Videos
3 Women -- Three Reasons Criterion trailer

Overview

User Rating:
7.9/10   10,457 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 1% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Contact:
View company contact information for 3 Women on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
25 May 1977 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
1 woman became 2/2 women became 3/3 women became 1
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
Director Robert Altman Dies at 81
 (From IMDb News. 21 November 2006)

User Reviews:
Avant-guard film about female friendships. See more (85 total) »

Cast

  (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:

Mary Carver ... Nurse (uncredited)

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
Shelley Duvall (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
Rich Valesko .... property master (as Richard Valesko)
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
Carole Keagy .... publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Robert Altman's 3 Women" - USA (complete title)
See more »
Runtime:
124 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
One of seven films that actress Shelley Duvall made with director Robert Altman. The films include Popeye (1980), Nashville (1975), 3 Women (1977), Brewster McCloud (1970), Thieves Like Us (1974), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), and Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976).See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Mrs. Rose:Well it sure don't look like Texas.See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Avant-guard film about female friendships., 12 October 2008
Author: sonya90028 from United States

Three Women was another Robert Altman masterpiece. His films have always deeply explored the frailties, of the human personality. And Three Women is typical of Altman's deftness, regarding intense characterizations.

This film takes place in the late 70s, in a remote California town. It revolves around three very different female characters, and the effects that each of them has on each other's lives.

Shelley Duvall is cast as Millie. Millie is an intensely garrulous woman. She's obsessed with talking about recipes, that she garners from women's magazines. She annoys those around her, with her constant chatter about her 'latest recipe'.

Millie also desperately wants to impress her male acquaintances. Men seem to mostly shun Millie though, which doesn't stop her from trying to gain their attention.

Millie has a dead-end job, working as a nurse's aid in a nursing home. Her supervisors are brusque, and unsympathetic. She tries to be friendly and helpful, but this often causes her more problems with her bosses.

Pinky (played by the very talented Sissy Spacek) moves to Millie's town. She needs a job and is hired as a nurse's aid, at the same nursing home that Millie works at. Millie is assigned to train Pinky in her new job duties. Pinky soon becomes quite attached to Millie.

Finally, Millie has someone around (Pinky), who actually admires her. When Millie posts a notice on the bulletin board at work , indicating that she seeks a roommate, Pinky is only to happy to get the chance to room with Millie. Pinky then moves into Millie's apartment. Though Millie's apartment has a tacky, garish quality, Pinky expresses how sublime she thinks it is.

One afternoon after work, Millie asks Pinky to go with her to a run-down bar. Pinky meets Millie's friend Edgar, who has set-up a shooting rink out back. He constantly practices shooting there, and invites Millie and Pinky to participate. Edgar is a sophomoric, macho-type, who drinks heavily. He also likes to show-off his marksmanship skills.

Millie also introduces Pinky to Willie, who happens to be Edgar's artist girlfriend. Willie is always painting monstrous, sexually explicit creatures around the bar. Pinky is, inexplicably, mesmerized by Willie's offbeat paintings.

Willie has a haunting, remote presence. She mostly watches everyone else from afar, while being intensely involved with her artwork. Willie also happens to live in the same apartment building, as Millie and Pinky. Her disturbing paintings, adorn the bottom of the swimming pool located there.

Basically, the film doesn't have much of a plot. At least not in the traditional, linear manner that audiences are accustomed to. Instead, Altman chose to focus on the psychological aspects of the relationship between the three woman, and how this changes over time.

The friendship between Pinky and Millie becomes tumultuous, for no obvious reason. Willie is the ethereal, mysterious woman of the three. She doesn't interact much with Millie and Pinky throughout the film. Willie's artwork is so hypnotic to Pinky though, that it has a horrible effect on Pinky's psyche, resulting in tragic consequences. The viewer is left to try and fathom why.

All three women in the film, are social misfits. And they each struggle pathetically to function in the alienating, urban environment that they inhabit. Altman did a marvelous job, highlighting the emotional turmoil that the women inflict on each other, during the course of the film.

This is a film that will leave a deep impression, regarding the dynamics of women's friendships in modern life. But don't expect a neat and tidy conclusion, to the conflicts between the three women. More than any film I've ever seen, this one is vastly open to viewer interpretation.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (85 total) »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Kings & Queen Big Fish Rocky II Edvard Munch Candy
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.