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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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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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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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23 November 1994 (USA)  »

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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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The picture was not fully financed until about four weeks into principal photography according to a 23rd December 1994 Entertainment Weekly article by Tim Appelo where director/co-writer Alan Rudolph said: "We didn't have (full) financing until four weeks into shooting. It's one of those credit-card movies". See more »

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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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Referenced in Game-On: Martin's Baby (1998) See more »

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Mrs. Parker: The Tragic Romantic
9 February 2000 | by (Norther California) – See all my reviews

From what I have read of and about Dorothy Parker, she was a paradoxically sad person. A woman that seemed to long for true love but seemed to keep everyone at a safe distance. She seemed to use her cutting wit and great appetite for booze, as a defence against any possible close personal relationship with her friends and peers. The only men in her life were equally committed to keeping their distance and control. This movie captured those feelings and relationships with great acuity. Jennifer Jason Leigh was superb as Dorothy. In fact, all of the actors were fantastic. This film isn't for the crowd that, throng to the next Lethal Weapon sequel in ever growing numbers. Those of you that look for movies with intelligence and style will be greatly rewarded.


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