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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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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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Writer-director Alan Rudolph became interested in the Algonquin Round Table when he was a child. Rudolph saw whimsy illustrations by Gluyas Williams in a collection of Robert Benchley's humor essays in a book that was owned by his father director Oscar Rudolph. See more »

Quotes

Dorothy Parker: Tragedies don't kill us, Woodrow. Messes kill us.
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Connections

Featured in The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) See more »

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The Dark Side of Fame...
26 June 2000 | by (Morro Bay, Hammett Valley, Twin Rocks) – See all my reviews

I found this movie totally enjoyable from start to finish. Maybe because Jennifer Jason Leigh is one of the most superb actresses of our time (and of course ignored!!!). Or maybe because I love period pieces with lavish attention to detail in the costumes and production designing. Or maybe because I am always entertained by true stories of humanity. I think in this movie's case, it is all three. This is another portrait of the dark side of fame. Leigh did a wonderful job being Mrs. Dorothy Parker, a 1920s poet and magazine writer who drank (during prohibition New York) and caroused with a large, mouthy group of professionals in the writing and stage business. It's easy for anyone to relate to the lonliness Mrs. Parker feels in this boisterous "circle" of shallow, back-stabbing people. In spite of her gift for smooth, haunting, beautiful poetry (much of it recited in this movie), Mrs. Parker is not happy or fulfilled. Rather she is misunderstood, isolated and self-depreciating. She ends up losing a job over salary disputes, losing her husband to alcohol, and falling deeply and hopelessly in love with the married Charles McArthur (Matthew Broderick), who impregnates and betrays her. Mrs. Parker's only comfort in life is the friendship she has with Bob Benchley (an excellent Campbell Scott). Leigh, speaking with a facinating accent, brings sadness and cynicism to Mrs Parker with perfection.


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