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Wanda (1970)

GP | | Crime, Drama | 14 January 1971 (UK)
Wanda, a lonely housewife, drifts through mining country until she meets a petty thief who takes her in.


Barbara Loden


Barbara Loden
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Loden ... Wanda
Michael Higgins ... Mr. Dennis
Dorothy Shupenes Dorothy Shupenes ... Wanda's Sister
Peter Shupenes Peter Shupenes ... Brother in Law
Jerome Thier ... Husband
Marian Thier Marian Thier ... Miss Godek
Anthony Rotell Anthony Rotell ... Tony
M.L. Kennedy M.L. Kennedy ... Judge
Gerald Grippo Gerald Grippo ... Court Clerk
Milton Gittleman Milton Gittleman ... Factory Owner
Lila Gittleman Lila Gittleman ... His Wife
Arnold Kanig Arnold Kanig ... Traveling Salesman
Joe Dennis Joe Dennis ... Joe
Charles Dosinan Charles Dosinan ... Father
Jack Ford Jack Ford ... Mr. Anderson


The mother of several small children feels lonely and isolated In, Pennsylvania's rust-belt, her husband works sporadically and as he's abandoned her so does she abandon her husband and children, spending time in bars picking up men. One night she meets a petty thief who treats her - in her thinking - better than she had ever been, but what kind Written by Huggo

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Crime | Drama


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The car Norman steals is a 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan. See more »


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Norman Dennis: If you don't want anything you won't have anything, and if you don't have anything, you're as good as dead.
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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Fatale beauté (1994) See more »

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Definitely a special little genre movie.
7 July 2012 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

These sort of movies tend to be or get pretentious and annoying pretty easily but not this one though, which makes this simply a good and perfectly watchable little movie.

I wouldn't even call this movie an independent one. It's being more one that feels and look like it got shot guerrilla style, so without any planning and preparations to it. They simply shot stuff on the spot, with the available equipment and actors and would also improvise most of their lines. That at least was the feeling this movie gave me but I don't actually know if this truly was the case for this movie.

The approach definitely adds to the realistic feeling of the movie. It's being a random slice of life if you will, though it still is very much following a type of story that you will only see in a movie. The characters and the way how they are handling certain situations still make sure that the movie feels like a realistic one.

But because of it that the movie feels like it got done guerrilla style, the movie also doesn't have the best looking and sounding quality to it. The sound is simply just bad at times and the cinematography also really isn't being anything all too special or stylish to watch. Guess they thought that in this cast the story and the storytelling would be enough to create a great movie with but I just still missed far too many (basic) movie-making ingredients in this movie, that can make a movie of this sort great for me.

And lets face it, the main reason why this movie still floats around is because it got directed, written and stars Barbara Loden, who was married to legendary film-maker Elia Kazan, making this a bit of a curiosity piece perhaps. But really, there is not much about this movie that stands out. It's being a good and original little movie within its genre but I only wished that the movie also would had had more to offer, with its main story and characters perhaps. I simply didn't got an awful lot out of this movie but I can at least say about this movie that I was never annoyed or bored with it.

Definitely a watchable and good movie but just nothing to run out for, in my opinion.



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Release Date:

14 January 1971 (UK) See more »

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Box Office


$115,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,679, 22 July 2018

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1.33 : 1
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