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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 »
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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 »
Errors in geography: New York taxis, (unlike L.A. cabs) do not now nor did they ever have their telephone numbers on them.See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Almost Every Girl's Favorite at One Point, 20 September 2011
Author: MOSSBIE from Northern Ca.

Just as all boys who become readers as a result of CATCHER IN THE RYE and later are either discovering Phillip Roth or "rebel" types, the same goes for the adult woman emerging from the BELL JAR....EVERY sort of bright or pseudo intellectual girl is introduced to this book which becomes their stepping stone into the neurotic hormonal changes into WOMAN. That is trite and will annoy most of you, but it has been true for a long time. Even Liz Taylor once was going to do the film when young but could not get anyone to finance the "downer" aspect of this terrific work. Of course, a film with a mental narrative is almost impossible to make into a good film. Joan Didion's PLAY IT AS IT LAYS was a fantastic film of a very little known subject....filmmaking and the "biz", but a good portrait of a woman and Tuesday Weld was mind blowing in it.Just as the boys went on into the literary world to Mailer, Kesey, Tom Wolfe,and others went on to the political savants Vidal etc.;the women did the Virginia Woolf and offshoots of downer hood and independence and the intellectuals of both genders met in the middle with earlier mentioned Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, but the bump in the rug was when Erich Segal had such a hit with LOVE STORY and both sexes were now trapped by this silly little book and started reading together because they became "adult" enough to discuss each others' favorites. Now, are new literary heroes are emerging through politics or trash and some heavy handed intellectuals or NO READING at all---compared to the days when one had up to three or four books going at once.There are so many writers from foreign lands who are doing better work because the world is so bizarrely transitioning into a heavy handed place to create and kids are using electronic communication devices which has played havoc with a lot of good storytellers who cannot get a publisher and we almost know what our old "favorites" are going to write about..There are a lot more books and writers than I make it appear....but, it is still frustrating to go into a store and come out empty handed because it is quite a luxury to spend $25-40 when you are having financial setbacks or one struggles to justify not reading a great book they have at their apartment or home bookshelves which are bursting. Try Lorca or some Chinese writers by going to the public library first.

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