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The Group (1966)

Approved | | Drama | 4 March 1966 (USA)
In June 1933, eight young women, who are close friends and members of the upper-class group at South Tower College, graduate and start their adult lives. The film documents the years ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

Mary McCarthy (novel), Sidney Buchman (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Candice Bergen ... Lakey Eastlake
Joan Hackett ... Dottie Renfrew Latham
Elizabeth Hartman ... Priss Hartshorn Crockett
Shirley Knight ... Polly Andrews Ridgeley
Joanna Pettet ... Kay Strong Peterson
Mary-Robin Redd Mary-Robin Redd ... Pokey Prothero Beauchamp
Jessica Walter ... Libby MacAusland
Kathleen Widdoes Kathleen Widdoes ... Helena Davison
James Broderick ... Dr. James Ridgeley
James Congdon James Congdon ... Sloan Crockett
Larry Hagman ... Harald Peterson
Hal Holbrook ... Gus Leroy
Richard Mulligan ... Dick Brown
Robert Emhardt ... Henry Andrews
Carrie Nye Carrie Nye ... Norine Blake
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Storyline

In June 1933, eight young women, who are close friends and members of the upper-class group at South Tower College, graduate and start their adult lives. The film documents the years between their graduation and the beginning of the Second World War in Europe, and shows, in a serialized style, their romances and marriages, their searches for careers or meaning in their lives, their highs and their lows. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El grupo See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Julie Christie turned down the role of Lakey. See more »

Goofs

When Libby McAusland sits down to lunch at the hospital cafeteria there is spilled coffee in the saucer of her cup. When she picks up the cup in the next shot the spilled coffee is gone. See more »

Quotes

Harald Peterson: [to Kay] Cooking is a lively art. You make it rather academic and lifeless.
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Terrific Performances In One Truly Unique Motion Picture...
1 September 1999 | by TirelliSee all my reviews

One of Sidney Lumet's first directing attempts is a brilliant, powerful and undeniably courageous motion picture - not at all a sprawling frenzy of feelings strung by hammy performances and corny dialogues, this film is a rather organized , neat telling of eight graduates from Vassar-like college and their respective lives and times, that in it's own quiet way, became a masterpiece of great beauty, displaying strong, formidable performances by Pettet - as Kay Strong, a lovely young lady whose promissing future is teared to shreds as her cruel Play Writing husband ruins her life and slowly corrompts her mental sanity -, Hackett - as Dottie Renfrew, whose heart is broken by young, hip bohemian, that steels her virginity and commits herself to a futile, selfish fate - and Hartman(One Of The Most Wonderful Actresses That Ever Lived, And Whose Life Was Brought To A Horrid Ending, As She Comitted Suicide, Jumping Off Her Apartment Window) - as a pure , fragile young girl that has agonizing experiments with pregnancy and breast-feeding, as well as other cast members, like Bergen, Widdoes, fascinating Knight and Walter. This is adapted from Mary MacCarthy's brilliant novel, launched at the same time as 'Valley Of The Dolls', Jacqueline Sussan's hideous all-american best-seller - although' they both treat of feminine sagas, they are surely not to be confused.


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