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25 May 1977 (France) See more »
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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Director Robert Altman Dies at 81
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3 Women See more (74 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:

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 (music)
 
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)
 
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
 
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Also Known As:
"Robert Altman's 3 Women" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
USA:124 min (FMC Library Print)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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

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Trivia:
Around twenty-three years later director Robert Altman would later make an unrelated picture with the similar title of Dr. T and the Women (2000).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 »
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Willie Hart:I had the most wonderful dream...See more »
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23 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
3 Women, 30 June 2002

I saw "3 Women" in 1977. I went back to the cinema and saw it two more times, before I wrote a review. Though I have seen it many other times since then, today I do not recall every detail. Nevertheless I remember its story dealt with three women whose solidarity allows them to survive in a world dominated by insensitive men. Two of these women move the story, the third one does not have a direct influence on the events, but she is a key figure. There is no puzzle here, no enigma to decipher. It may be based on Robert Altman's dream, it may have a dream sequence, but it is quite linear and direct, with little relation to dreams' structure (or lack of it). I say this today but after finding my review in my files, I think it's ironic and makes me laugh at myself. By 1977 I had not read Susan Sontag's "Against Interpretation" yet and I was trying to decipher what the butter meant in "Last Tango in Paris". But I must admit that I find interesting some of the research I did and a few interpretations I made. I found then various leitmotivs in the movie: first, the grotesquely erotic murals painted and shot at by Willie (Janice Rule), that illustrate the oppressive situation of woman in phallocratic societies; water, which (according to French philosopher Dane Rudhyar) stands for collective consciousness and astral world, a symbol that for me tacitly connected the three women (and that has played an important role in other Altman films: "McCabe & Mrs. Miller", "Streamers", "Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean", "The Gingerbread Man", "Dr. T & the Women", frozen in "Quintet", and even in "HealtH", "Popeye" and "O.C. and Stiggs"); the image of twins Peggy and Polly, duplicated in Alcira and Doris, mirroring the Millie-Pinky duplicity; and the clinic, as a metaphor of social and moral decay while its members attempt at efficiency. It may sound crazy but I even made a connection between the pool of the boarding house (owned by Willie) and a woman's womb (Willie's), where the temporary symbiosis of Pinky Rose (Sissy Spacek) into Millie Lammoreaux (Shelley Duvall) takes place. Today I consider all these more hints than cryptic data, and sometimes they are even too obvious –as the line when Millie says something like "Sometimes Peggy can be Polly, and Polly can be Peggy", gun-crazy Edgar as a symbol of sexual inadequacy and male authoritarianism, and the delivery of the dead child as a metaphor of the sterility of this kind of relationship between men and women. As I remember it today, it is a sad story of female bonding as a means of survival in a consumerist society, narrated in a beautiful cinematic style, with remarkable performances by all. (Funny, although Duvall had won the Best Actress Palm d'Or in Cannes, in my review the one who impressed me the most was Rule, because she was able to transmit so much with less than a dozen of lines). By far, it's my favorite Robert Altman movie and one of his masterpieces.

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