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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 »
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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 »
NewsDesk:
Director Robert Altman Dies at 81
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User Reviews:
Altman's Dream Film May Give You Nightmares See more (78 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 
 
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
 
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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:
The idiosyncrasies of the character "Millie Lammoreaux" were mostly conceived by Shelley Duvall.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:
Millie Lammoreaux:Pinky? What's the matter?
Pinky Rose:I'm scared.
Millie Lammoreaux:What of?
Pinky Rose:I had a bad dream.
Millie Lammoreaux:Dreams can't hurt ya.
Pinky Rose:Can I sleep with you?
Millie Lammoreaux:Sure.
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Movie Connections:
References Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)See more »

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36 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Altman's Dream Film May Give You Nightmares, 14 August 2007
Author: evanston_dad from United States

Altman made a lot of films that are obscure and deserve to remain so ("Quintet"), but he also made a lot of films that are obscure but deserve to be seen, and "3 Women" is one of those. It's one of the most fascinating films Altman created, and that's really saying something from a director who was able to make even his bad films fascinating.

Altman claimed that "3 Women" was inspired by a dream he had while his wife was lying ill in a hospital, and the film does indeed work on its audience the way a dream does. It resists literal interpretation, and will probably frustrate any viewer who insists upon tidiness in their movies. It communicates its messages instead through pervasive imagery and tone -- it's not "about" something as much as it's about making you FEEL something, and it does that expertly. This movie will stick in your mind and haunt you long after you've seen it.

If I were forced to explain the film's plot, it would go something like this: Shelley Duvall plays Millie, a rather foolish woman who works in a geriatric physical therapy center, and whose roommate has just moved out to live with her boyfriend. Sissy Spacek plays Pinkie, newly hired at the center and put under Millie's direction. Millie is a pathetic character -- she yammers on endlessly about ridiculously trivial things (like how to make tuna melts) and doesn't realize that everyone around her either ignores her or makes fun of her. But Pinkie nevertheless becomes enamored of her and moves in with her. The third woman of the title is Willie, a reclusive artist who owns both the apartment complex in which Millie and Pinkie live, and a saloon that resembles something from a ghost town. She paints murals of strange-looking mythological creatures engaged in violent and sexual acts. These images recur throughout the film, as do images of water. Everything up to this point in the movie is dealt with in a fairly straightforward manner. But then Pinkie has an accident, and when she wakes up, she's become a different person, causing Millie's hold on reality, already tenuous, to unravel. At this point, the film becomes reminiscent of films like "Persona" and "Mulholland Drive," in which seemingly separate female characters merge into different facets of one female personality.

The ending is creepy and chilling in ways that are hard to define. The whole film has violent undertones -- the lone male character in the film is a lout and vaguely predatory; all of the women at various moments seem to be holding back a barely suppressed rage. Altman uses his camera in his characteristically expert manner to shape our perceptions about what we are seeing, and he uses other parts of his mise-en-scene, like color (Millie's favorite colors are yellow and purple, and look for them in the art direction), to bring a slightly surreal quality to even the most mundane of locations.

I've always thought that Shelley Duvall was an underrated actress, and she gives one of her best performances as Millie (and almost looks pretty for a change). Sissy Spacek is tremendous as well, and shows a remarkable range as Pinkie. Both of these actresses do wonderful things with tough roles, and even if we sometimes feel like we're on uneven footing because of the movie's enigmatic nature, the actresses are so assured in their parts that we can rely on them to guide us through it.

Altman directed a quartet of "dream" films that all revolve around the psychological and emotional crises of women: "That Cold Day in the Park" (1969); "Images" (1972); "Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" (1982); and "3 Women." I've not seen "That Cold Day..", but of the other three, though all of them have qualities to recommend them, "3 Women" is easily the best.

Grade: A

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