Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) is waiting backstage to meet her idol, talented but aging Broadway star Margo Channing (Bette Davis). It seems innocent enough as Eve explains that she has seen Margo in EVERY performance of her current play. Margo and her friends take Eve under their wing but only theatre critic Addison DeWitt (George Sanders) sees through Eve's evil plan, which is to take Margo's parts and her fiancé, Bill Simpson (Gary Merrill) too.
The first Best Picture Oscar winner to also win Best Costume Design, and Best Sound Mixing. See more »
When the protagonists are sitting at their table in the Cub Room scene, a waiter is seen walking toward their table, but when the angle changes, an inordinate amount of time elapses before he actually passes the table. See more »
Nothing is forever in the Theatre. Whatever it is, it's here, it flares up, burns hot and then it's gone.
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The film opens straightaway with its own theme, without the ubiquitous "Fox Fanfare". See more »
As close to perfection as they come. A film than can be viewed again and again without ever getting tired. Bette Davis's Margo Channing is a film icon of major proportions. A point of reference. Her fear of the abyss is as human as it is at the center of this selfish, insecure, sacred cow. She is surrounded by some other sensational women. Thelma Ritter, Celeste Holm, Anne Baxter and in a tiny but telling part, Marilyn Monroe - a graduate from the Copacabana school of dramatic art. Wittily prophetic. George Sanders is another piece of extraordinary casting and writing. "I'm essential to the theater" Indeed. And here is a film that has become essential to anyone who loves movies"
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