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The Bell Jar (1979)

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Details a young woman's summer in New York working for a Mademoiselle-like magazine, return home to New England, and subsequent breakdown all amidst the horrors of the fifties, from news of... See full summary »

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Marilyn Hassett ...
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Mrs. Greenwood
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Buddy Willard
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Dr. Nolan
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Jay Cee
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Lenny
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Carole Monferdini ...
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Details a young woman's summer in New York working for a Mademoiselle-like magazine, return home to New England, and subsequent breakdown all amidst the horrors of the fifties, from news of the Rosenbergs' execution to sleazy disc jockeys and predatory college boys. Written by Remy <rholzer@ammi.org>

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Sometimes just being a woman is an act of courage.

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25 October 1979 (Denmark)  »

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Director Larry Peerce and star Marilyn Hassett were married at the time of production. See more »

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Early in the picture an early-'50s New York cab has a telephone number on it beginning with "555". The all-numeric phone numbers were not put into use for another decade. See more »

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Here Comes The Night
Written and Performed by Janis Ian
Arranged and Conducted by Ronald Frangipane (uncredited)
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What could they possibly have been thinking?
8 October 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Jameson Parker And Marilyn Hassett are the screen's most unbelievable couple since John Travolta and Lily Tomlin. Larry Peerce's direction wavers uncontrollably between black farce and Roman tragedy. Robert Klein certainly think it's the former and his self-centered performance in a minor role underscores the total lack of balance and chemistry between the players in the film. Normally, I don't like to let myself get so ascerbic, but The Bell Jar is one of my all-time favorite books, and to watch what they did with it makes me literally crazy.


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