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Marjorie Kellogg (writer)
Sylvia Plath (novel)
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Release Date:
25 October 1979 (Denmark) See more »
Sometimes just being a woman is an act of courage.
Details a young woman's summer in New York working for a Mademoiselle-like magazine, return home to New England... See more » | Full synopsis »
(23 articles)
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  (in credits order)
Marilyn Hassett ... Esther Greenwood

Julie Harris ... Mrs. Greenwood

Jameson Parker ... Buddy Willard

Anne Jackson ... Dr. Nolan

Barbara Barrie ... Jay Cee

Robert Klein ... Lenny
Donna Mitchell ... Joan

Mary Louise Weller ... Doreen

Thaao Penghlis ... Marco
Scott McKay ... Mr. Gilling
Meg Mundy ... Bea Ramsey
Carole Monferdini ... Hilda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruth Antonofsky ... Singer
Dick Carballo ... Frankie
Allan Eisenman ... Cab driver

Christine Estabrook ... Student editor
David Faulkner ... Professor Edwards
Annie Gagen ... Student Editor (as Ruth Van Poons)
Michael Gordon ... Cab driver

Nicholas Guest ... Young man
Margaret Hall ... Jane McLode
Dan Hannafin ... Doorman

Roxanne Hart
Karen Howard ... Toni LaBouchere
Elizabeth Hubbard ... Vikki St. John
Carolyn Hurlburt ... Jody
Beth McDonald ... Student editor

Debbie McLeod ... Betsy
Bonnie Parker ... Nurse
Bonnie Sue Parker ... Nurse
Gil Rogers ... Dr. Richards
Shelley Rogers ... Student editor

Boomer Tibbs ... Waiter
Peggy E. Turnley ... Nurse
Ruth Van Poons ... Student editor

Directed by
Larry Peerce 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marjorie Kellogg  writer
Sylvia Plath  novel

Produced by
Monroe Arnold .... associate producer
Monroe Arnold .... executive producer
Andrew Bonime .... co-producer
Jerrold T. Brandt Jr. .... producer
Milt Felsen .... associate producer
Robert A. Goldston .... executive producer
Tony LaMarca .... co-producer
Michael Todd Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
Gerald Fried 
Cinematography by
Gerald Hirschfeld 
Film Editing by
Marvin Walowitz 
Production Design by
John Robert Lloyd 
Set Decoration by
Paul Hefferan  (as Paul Heffernan)
Don Holtzman 
Costume Design by
Donald Brooks 
Production Management
George Manasse .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Barnett .... first assistant director
Frank Simpson .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Richard Gramaglia .... sound mixer
Robert Gramaglia .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Gil Geller .... camera operator
Edward Gold .... camera operator
Sal Martorano .... electrician
Other crew
Harold Adler .... title designer

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107 min | Australia:113 min
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Director Larry Peerce and star Marilyn Hassett were married at the time of production.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Here Comes The NightSee more »


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10 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
An Abomination, 26 February 2006
Author: aint_been_to_no_music_school from USA

This is one of the worst films I've ever seen. I looked into it mainly out of a morbid curiosity since I loved the novel, and I wish I hadn't. I turned it off after a little less than an hour, though I wanted to turn it off after five minutes. I wish I had. It disregards the novel a lot and changes all sorts of factors. Unless the film managed to redeem itself in the last 50 or so minutes (which would be impossible) I would in no way recommend this. Its an insult to one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. I don't think, as many people say that it is, that "The Bell Jar" is necessarily unfilmable, but this particular rendition could have been done without. I'd almost like to see this one day in the hands of a director and screenwriter who can do it justice.

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