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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  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)


$2,144,667 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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The film's "widescreen lensing alternates between intense black-and-white for the framing story and lustrous color for the principal sequences" according to Todd McCarthy in his review in show-business trade paper 'Variety'. See more »


Dorothy Parker: It's as if I were a spoiled virgin, and no one will have me!
Robert Benchley: You're not spoiled. Just highly seasoned.
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A closer look at the world of the 1920's through the cynical eyes of writer Dorothy Parker.
11 September 1998 | by (Edmonton, Canada) – See all my reviews

Since watching this film I have picked up a biography of Dorothy Parker as well as a book of her verse, that is how fascinating I find her to be. Not only her, but the performance of Jennifer Jason Leigh as well, though many have criticized her voice, I didn't find it out of place at all. The film involves us in her life in the 20's, when she was a theater critic for Vanity Fair. Throughout the film are celebrities of the time, Robert Benchley, Alexander Woolcott, Howard Ross, Charles McArthur. The cast is first-rate, particularly Campbell Scott. It is a very quotable movie, full of venomous one-liners, most courtesy of Mrs. Parker. One can certainly admire her spirit to persevere and excel in a world dominated by men. It is helpful to know the members of the Round Table, but isn't necessary in order to enjoy the movie.

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