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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Campbell
Gertrude Benchley
Eddie Parker
Horatio Byrd
Jane Grant
Deems Taylor (as James LeGros)
Mary Kennedy Taylor


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 <>

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


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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


$7,000,000 (estimated)


$2,144,667 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Debut produced screenplay of writer Randy Sue Coburn. See more »


Paula Hunt: [to Mrs. Parker] You know, I think it's just as hard to get that look right in life as it is on the stage. Well, someone has to leave. If you ask me, it should be the person who already has their clothes on. But then, you're the writers. I'm just an actress.
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References Flight to Nowhere (1946) See more »

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Best of both worlds.
3 March 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

This film represents the best of both worlds in two sets of sometimes opposing criteria.

First, in terms of movies overall, I'd say this is one of my favorites technically/artistically. The sets were great, the acting was great (especially Leigh and Scott, one of my favorite on-screen Romance-That-Never-Was duos, like Fiennes and Blanchett in "Oscar And Lucinda.").

But this is also one of my favorites in terms of enjoyment. I watch it for the scenes I love, and the mood it sets. I will probably not tire of watching and rewatching this film for a long time to come.

Second, in terms of Biopics, this also rates highly. It had enough accuracy/realism to make it a good bio, and enough drama and flare to make it a good pic. A rare combination. I'd say "13 Days" also did that feat well.

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