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An Unmarried Woman
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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:
Watershed moment in the history of 'women's films' 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)
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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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Trivia:
First film that British actor Alan Bates made in the USA.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Erica tells Martin they've had sex around 2000 times (twice a week for 16yrs). Before having sex with Charlie, she tells him that she's only slept with 1 man in the past 17 years.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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Referenced in Moscow on the Hudson (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
Maybe I'm AmazedSee more »

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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Watershed moment in the history of 'women's films', 8 January 2003
Author: barbarella70

Moving tale of a middle-class Manhattan housewife's struggle for independence after her husband leaves her for another woman.

The wonderful Paul Mazursky created this 1978 landmark slaute to women's liberation and the film wipes the floor with the messy urban horror of 1977's Looking for Mr. Goodbar: Goodbar's makers ultimately had no respect for their female protagonist but Mazursky scores in his depiction of female self-respect and love.

Jill Clayburg's miraculous performance as Erica was snubbed at the Academy Awards in favor of Jane Fonda's more 'tolerable' female in Coming Home but if you look closely you'll see there's no comparison and Clayburg hits all the right notes while displaying Erica's overwhelmingly complex feelings. Perhaps Erica's unique strength was too much for many male Academy members so they rewarded the typical moony-eyed housewife character instead. Regardless of that, Clayburg makes a brilliant lead and her lonely journey through New York-chic (art exhibits, bars, therapists, narcisstic artists) makes for great viewing. (The very brief encounters Erica has with a handsome blonde man at the coatcheck before and after she's been hit with the news from her husband are a nice touch!) There's a rare level of intimacy between the actors in all of the scenes but especially the girl group talks: the words sound surprisingly like they belong to the actors and Mazursky's ear for dialogue is sharp and refreshingly to-the-point.

Michael Murphy as the wayward husband, Alan Bates as the new love interest, and Cliff Gorman -whom I last saw as the bitchy, effeminate in The Boys in the Band!- as a male chauvinist provide exceptional support as the men in Erica's life. The only thing that marres the beauty of this film is its awful, piercingly shrill, '70's saxophone musical score.

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