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An Unmarried Woman
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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:
A rare thing: an American film for and about adults 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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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The "hen" sessions between Erica (Jill Clayburgh) and her 'divorced' friends were once described as being "part Ingmar Bergman, part Mary Hartman".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During Erica's second visit to Tanya, the plants behind Erica change places with each shot. For straight ahead shots of only Erica, the small cactus is on the right. In angled shots, showing both women, the small cactus is on the left.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sex Is Crazy (1981)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Place in the SunSee more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A rare thing: an American film for and about adults, 3 February 2006
Author: ChristopherWB from United States

Briefly, this is one of the few American films I have seen that is remotely a realistic depiction of how basically intelligent, decent, middle-class adults behave in a long-term relationship (in this case a marriage of sixteen years) when they break up. I almost felt as though I were watching a reality show from that era. This is how people behave, without much heroism or great insight into themselves or others; often with a "cluelessness" that defines our humanity more tellingly than our pride would like to hear. (An aside to the previous commenter: I have seen this sort of thing, close-up and personal, and this is pretty much how people act: it reminded me very much of how a couple with whom I was very close broke up, and the aftermath, in the decade before this film was made. And the man had been having an affair for several years before it happened, not just one: the woman had not a clue.) My only complaint is that the story ends far too soon and far too happily. But it is an American film (sigh!), so one most not expect too much: we just "cannot bear very much reality"!

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