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Director:
Writer:
Paul Mazursky (written by)
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Release Date:
26 May 1978 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
She laughs, she cries, she feels angry, she feels lonely, she feels guilty, she makes breakfast, she makes love, she makes do, she is strong, she is weak, she is brave, she is scared, she is... an unmarried woman.
Plot:
A wealthy woman from Manhattan's Upper East Side struggles to deal with her new identity and her sexuality after her husband of 16 years leaves her for a younger woman. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
New York In The Late 70s Time Capsule See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jill Clayburgh ... Erica

Alan Bates ... Saul

Michael Murphy ... Martin

Cliff Gorman ... Charlie
Patricia Quinn ... Sue (as Pat Quinn)

Kelly Bishop ... Elaine
Lisa Lucas ... Patti
Linda Miller ... Jeannette
Andrew Duncan ... Bob
Daniel Seltzer ... Dr. Jacobs

Matthew Arkin ... Phil
Penelope Russianoff ... Tanya

Novella Nelson ... Jean

Raymond J. Barry ... Edward
Ivan Karp ... Herb Rowan

Jill Eikenberry ... Claire
Michael Tucker ... Fred
Chico Martínez ... Cabbie (as Chico Martinez)
Clint Chin ... Chinese Waiter
Ken Chapin ... Man at Bar
Tom Elios ... Ice Vendor
Karen Ford ... Executive Secretary
Alice J. Kane ... Waitress

Paul Mazursky ... Hal
Pamela Meunier ... Hat-Check Girl
Donna Perich ... Sophie

Vincent Schiavelli ... Man at Party
John Stravinsky ... Bartender
Ultra Violet ... Lady MacBeth
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Rasche ... (uncredited)
Alison Tucker ... Alison (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Mazursky 
 
Writing credits
Paul Mazursky (written by)

Produced by
Paul Mazursky .... producer
Anthony Ray .... producer (as Tony Ray)
 
Original Music by
Bill Conti (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Arthur J. Ornitz (director of photography) (as Arthur Ornitz)
 
Film Editing by
Stuart H. Pappé (edited by)
 
Production Design by
Pato Guzman 
 
Set Decoration by
Edward Stewart 
 
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky (costumes by)
 
Makeup Department
William A. Farley .... hairdresser (as Bill Farley)
Mike Maggi .... makeup
 
Production Management
Terence A. Donnelly .... unit production manager (as Terry Donnelly)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terence A. Donnelly .... assistant director (as Terry Donnelly)
Thomas John Kane .... second assistant director (as Tom Kane)
 
Sound Department
Les Fresholtz .... re-recording mixer
Dennis Maitland .... recording mixer
Michael Minkler .... re-recording mixer
Arthur Piantadosi .... re-recording mixer
Sharron Miller .... sound editor (uncredited)
Sam F. Shaw .... sound effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Cappeta .... key grip (as Louis Cappeto)
Willie Meyerhoff .... gaffer
Joseph Di Pasquale .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Sal Martorano .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Beverly Cycon .... wardrobe: women's
Max Soloman .... wardrobe: men's (as Max Solomon)
 
Editorial Department
Patrick McMahon .... assistant editor
José Antonio Torres .... assistant editor (as José A. Torres)
 
Music Department
Robert H. Raff .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Bechtle .... contributing painter and sculptor
Frank Bramblett .... contributing painter and sculptor
John Chamberlain .... contributing painter and sculptor
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
John Clem Clarke .... contributing painter and sculptor
Colette .... contributing painter and sculptor
Robert Cottingham .... contributing painter and sculptor
John DeAndrea .... contributing painter and sculptor (as John Deandrea)
Porfirio DiDonna .... contributing painter and sculptor (as Porfirio Didonna)
Tom Folino .... assistant to producers
Marilynn Gelfman Pereira .... contributing painter and sculptor
Ralph Goings .... contributing painter and sculptor
H.N. Han .... contributing painter and sculptor
Yan Hsia .... contributing painter and sculptor
Paul Jenkins .... contributing painter and sculptor
John Kacere .... contributing painter and sculptor
Lila Katzen .... contributing painter and sculptor
Tony King .... contributing painter and sculptor
P.J. Kresnar .... contributing painter and sculptor
Ralph M. Leo .... production auditor (as Ralph Leo)
Marsha Liberty .... contributing painter and sculptor
Toshio Odate .... contributing painter and sculptor
Peter Saari .... contributing painter and sculptor
John Salt .... contributing painter and sculptor
Andy Warhol .... contributing painter and sculptor
 
Thanks
Paul Jenkins .... with special thanks to
 
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Runtime:
124 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:11 | UK:X (theatrical rating) | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:R

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Trivia:
The picture was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay and the prestigious Best Picture but failed to win any.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Erica orders white wine at the bar. She is given red wine and sips it. When she joins friends at their table, her wine is white.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[Martin and Erica are jogging along the river]
Martin:Jesus Christ! Look at this - my sneaker's ruined!
Erica:They're only thirty-five dollars.
[Erica takes Martin's shoe and cleans it off for him]
Martin:Fucking city's turning into one big pile of DOG SHIT!
[shouting at passing traffic]
Martin:Come on out and take a crap on me - everybody else is. Fuck.
[Martin lights a cigarette]
Erica:...been jogging for 2 1/2 miles - you're giving yourself lung cancer.
Martin:I'll tell you something Erica - the longer I'm married to you the more you sound like my mother.
Erica:Clean your own sneaker.
[throws shoe at Martin]
Martin:I think you wanted me to step in it.
Erica:[laughing] You're going crazy Martin.
Martin:I am?
Erica:[laughing] Yes.
[Martin tosses his shoe over his shoulder into the river. Erica jogs away, and Martin jogs after]
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Soundtrack:
You Make Me Feel Like DancingSee more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
New York In The Late 70s Time Capsule, 26 May 2010
Author: Shilpot7 from United Kingdom

It's very interesting reading the other reviews to this film. The reactions to it are very extreme. Some people love it. Some people hate it and that was exactly the reaction people had to it back in 1978 when it first came out.

The mid to late 70s was New York's era as the 'fashionable city' in the days of fashionable cities. NYC took the torch from Swinging Sixites London as the city every fashionable person wanted to go to, live in, know... It was the 'Disco' capital of the world. It was where the most interesting films were set. It where all the happening artists lived and Unmarried Woman caught the zeitgeist of that time. Even jogging was a new phenomenon back then and NY lead the way with it and 'everyone' wanted to know what people were up to there, even about the jogging. If you'd never been to NYC you were missing out. If you had been to NY and or knew NY, back in 1978, you bragged about it. While at the same time the city was officially broke and in many ways seemed to be crumbling into the sea.

Unmarried Woman was a product of all this fascination, both negative and positive, with the city at the time. Trivial details about life in NY had a sort of cachet. Therefore, on reflection, what may seem trite to viewers today, had a strange sort of value back then.

Some people sneer at Erica's seemingly privileged position in society. How dare she be so miserable, have you seen where she lives? Well, guess what, wealthy women also feel sad when they are rejected by their husbands for a younger model. And guess what, some people like to look at the lives of people who live in beautiful apartments with views of the river and whizz downtown in yellow cabs on bright New York mornings. In fact it's the contrast between the material privilege and the sadness and loss that makes this film work.

Some people are also alarmed by the strong, upfront musical score. Sorry about that. Music in the 70s was strong and upfront in our lives, not just background noise. The wailing saxophone was the pop instrument of the time and the excellent, very 70s soundtrack, is one of the aspects that make watching this film such a powerful, nostalgic and enjoyable ride.

Unmarried Woman does have its flaws. It is at times somewhat simplistic and personally, I'm not so sure that newly unmarried woman, Erica, was as much of a catch as we're made to believe. Every man she meets seems to fall at her feet.

This is very much a film of its time and a very interesting time and place it was. I wish they still made films like this today, about adults, for adults, with strong subtle performances, without both eyes on the cash register and without some dreary, over-exposed, under talented box office 'star' drudging her way through her lines. There was something very adult and sophisticated about American cinema in the 70s and Unmarrried Woman takes its place in the long list of films that were a part of that.

The film was beautifully shot, beautifully scored, excellently acted and I'm glad it's now available for us to see, as a reminder of a short but memorable time and place.

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