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These Old Broads (2001)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy  -  12 February 2001 (USA)
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After a re-release of their 60's film hit "Boy Crazy" becomes a smash, three actresses (Piper Grayson, Kate Westburn and Addie Holden) reunite for a reunion show, with help from Kate ... See full summary »

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After a re-release of their 60's film hit "Boy Crazy" becomes a smash, three actresses (Piper Grayson, Kate Westburn and Addie Holden) reunite for a reunion show, with help from Kate Westburn's son and their manager, Beryl Mason. The problem? The three actresses and their manager all loathe each other. Written by Ashley Phipps <LavernShrl@aol.com>

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They swore they'd never work together again - their shocking reunion - still throwing tantrums, still stealing headlines, still making producers cry! See more »

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This film, written by Carrie Fisher, contains one actress who is Fisher's mother (Debbie Reynolds), one who is her ex-stepmother (Elizabeth Taylor) and one (Shirley MacLaine) who played the mother of a character based upon her in Postcards from the Edge (1990) (also written by Fisher). See more »

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Addie Holden: The man died literally on top of me.
Piper Grayson: Isn't it what most men want - to die in the saddle?
Addie Holden: It is not that great for the saddle.
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References Dragnet (1951) See more »

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What a Life
Written by David Shire and Richard Maltby
Performed by Shirley MacLaine, Debbie Reynolds and Joan Collins
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Mixed feelings
22 February 2001 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I had been looking forward to this film ever since I first heard about Carrie Fisher's script. Unfortunately, the TV movie didn't live up to my expectations. It was great to see these legendary ladies working together, but the results were not as I had hoped. I don't know if it was the script or the directing, but most of the jokes fell flat. I know that Carrie Fisher had as hard a time getting the film made as the characters had in getting their reunion special aired. Studios wouldn't put up the money because they didn't think that it would be worth it. If the film was given the right director it could have been as witty and wicked as the 1939 classic "The Women" (Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine, Mary Boland).

I believe that the Joan Collins role was originally intended for Lauren Bacall. When Bacall passed the role was offered to Julie Andrews, who also turned it down. I think that Tony Curtis was supposed to play the gangster lover and June Allyson was supposed to play the mother of the Joan Collins character. I can't help to wonder if all of these bail-outs had anything to do with the poor quality that was ultimately produced?

It wasn't all bad, though. There were some really funny moments. I enjoyed the camp factor of Debbie and Joan's performance in the gay club. These bigger-than-life legendary stars are practically drag queens, anyway. The gay subplot was pointless, however, without having been developed properly. Carrie Fisher did toss in some great zingers and one-liners.

I'd definitely watch this movie again some day, but I'll always be haunted by the thoughts of "what might have been"...


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