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Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)

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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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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Harold Ross
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Deems Taylor (as James LeGros)
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Robert Sherwood
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George S. Kaufman
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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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A woman ahead of her time. A movie that can't be missed. 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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Release Date:

23 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mrs. Parker and Mr. Benchley  »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$74,512 (USA) (27 November 1994)

Gross:

$2,144,667 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Alan Rudolph is a protégé of director Robert Altman. This film's lead actor Keith Carradine has starred in Altman's Nashville (1975), Thieves Like Us (1974), and McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971). Carradine has appeared in Rudolph's The Moderns (1988), Welcome to L.A. (1976), and Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994), the latter mentioned two of which Altman was the head producer. See more »

Quotes

Alexander Woollcott: You almost look like a man today, Edna.
Edna Ferber: So do you, Alec.
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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #1.3 (2002) See more »

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Supervigilance required
3 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think that this film was meant to be realist and naturalistic. However,there is the reality that this is an entertainment, and the audience has to hear and understand the lines. Supervigilance is required to do this in this movie. Not only does JJL's imitation of Dorothy Parker's speech affectations make the speech and musing of the main character difficult to understand, but the inclusion of background noise, overlapping dialog, and frequent muttering and mumbling of the performers make every character difficult to even hear, much less understand.

Since so much of this movie is about legendary people mouthing famous aphorisms, it is frustrating to only hear snippets of their lines. I suppose the idea was to toss these famous lines away to add naturalism. However, without spotlighting the conversations of the legendary characters, however contrived this might be performed, this is just a very sad movie about a bitter, unhappy, self-destructive, unproductive writer. Not very easy to watch nor very interesting.


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