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Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)

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Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Alan Campbell
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Gertrude Benchley
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Eddie Parker
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Horatio Byrd
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Jane Grant
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Deems Taylor (as James LeGros)
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Mary Kennedy Taylor
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Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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At the center of the circle is a woman ahead of her time. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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23 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mrs. Parker and Mr. Benchley  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,144,667 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Dorothy Parker (Jennifer Jason Leigh)'s credo was: "Let's go wild tonight! There's plenty of time to do nothing once you're dead". See more »

Quotes

Robert Benchley: You'd have to wear out a pretty large hole in your pocket to lose me, Mrs. Parker.
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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #1.3 (2002) See more »

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Good cast and excellent production values, with the added advantage that a lot of the dialogue consisted of quotes from the subjects, some of the most acid-tongued and wittiest people ever to put pen to pape
7 December 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This is not a great movie, but it is a good one, with an excellent ensemble cast and good production values. The fact that a lot of the best lines were written or spoken by the people being portrayed here is a plus and an advantage that this movie has over most others. On the downside, it is too long, the accent affected by Leigh as Dorothy Parker becomes grating at times and the film is a black hole of despair. The documentary, The Ten Year Lunch, about these same people, is equally fascinating, without being nearly so despondent. Perhaps if they ever do a DVD for this, they'll include the documentary as an extra. Recommended for those interested in the subject.


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