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Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) Poster

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Peter Benchley, the grandson of humorist and featured character Robert Benchley, plays editor Frank Crowninshield.
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Keith Carradine created the role of Will Rogers in "Will Rogers Follies" on Broadway, and he has a cameo in this movie as Will Rogers.
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Cyndi Lauper makes a cameo as a guest at the crochet game party. She sits next to Martha Plimpton's Jane Grant character on the porch.
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The founding of the "New Yorker" magazine is a subplot in this movie; Wallace Shawn's father, William, was, for many years, editor-in-chief of "The New Yorker".
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The place where the group of actors, critics and writers who were known as Algonquin Round Table met regularly between 1919 to 1929 was at the Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan, New York.
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According to the article "Back to the Round Table With Dorothy Parker and Pals. . ." published in 'The New York Times' on 29th August 1993, star Jennifer Jason Leigh was so dedicated to doing this movie that Leigh did it for what she says was "a tenth of what I normally get for a film".
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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.
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The film's co-writer and director Alan Rudolph's father, director Oscar Rudolph, had worked with Robert Benchley in Hollywood.
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The movie was made around 1993 then first released in 1994, all around the centenary of the birth of Dorothy Parker (portrayed in the movie by Jennifer Jason Leigh) who had been born on 22nd August 1893.
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Dorothy Parker (Jennifer Jason Leigh)'s nick-name was "Dottie" and her birth name was "Dorothy Rothschild".
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The principal photography period on this picture was around forty days of production shoot.
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This motion picture's opening title card reads: "Hollywood, 1937".
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The movie's production notes state that according to the film writer-director Alan Rudolph "the 20's seemed to me the source of many contemporary notions, only with better language". Rudolph previous helmed The Moderns (1988) which was also set during the 1920s.
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Dorothy Parker (Jennifer Jason Leigh)'s credo was: "Let's go wild tonight! There's plenty of time to do nothing once you're dead".
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The film was entered into and selected to screen in competition for the Palme d'Or (The Golden Palm award) at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994.
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Debut produced screenplay of writer Randy Sue Coburn.
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One of numerous collaborations of director Alan Rudolph and actor Keith Carradine.
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According a number of critics and sources, this picture was somewhat of a companion piece to writer-director Alan Rudolph's earlier film The Moderns (1988).
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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'.
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The film wrapped filming on 4th August 1993 which was only about eighteen days before the centenary of the 22nd August 1893 birth of Dorothy Parker on 22nd August 1993.
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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".
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Actor Matthew Broderick's father and actress Martha Plimpton's mother both worked on the earlier movie Alice's Restaurant (1969) about twenty-five years earlier making the theatrical release of Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) the 25th Anniversary year of this collaboration.
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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.
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One of the cast members was called Leni Parker thereby having the same last name as the film's title and central Dorothy Parker character which was portrayed by actress Jennifer Jason Leigh.
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Cameo 

Cyndi Lauper: As a guest at the crochet game party. Lauper sits next to Martha Plimpton's Jane Grant character on the porch.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The film's closing epilogue states: "Dorothy Parker suffered a fatal heart attack in 1967, at the age of 74. Despite several suicide attempts, she outlived nearly all the original members of the Algonquin Round Table. Her small estate was left to Martin Luther King Jr. Contrary to Mrs. Parker's wishes for rain, she died on a warm sunny day".
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