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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.

Director:

Barbara Loden

Writer:

Barbara Loden
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Loden ... Wanda Goronski
Michael Higgins ... Norman Dennis
Dorothy Shupenes Dorothy Shupenes ... Wanda's Sister
Peter Shupenes Peter Shupenes ... Brother In Law
Jerome Thier ... John
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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Wanda See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$115,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,679, 22 July 2018

Gross USA:

$51,713

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,522
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Quotes

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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Connections

Featured in The Mike Douglas Show: Episode #11.122 (1972) See more »

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Amazing Film
5 September 2011 | by Bmoviedude61See all my reviews

TCM made its debut showing of Wanda tonight -- which also happens to be the day Barbara Loden passed away in 1980. Coincidence or not, this film just blew me away. No doubt the cinema verite feel -- and sense of grittiness -- is enhanced by use of the hand-held 16mm camera and having the print blown up to 35mm. That grainy enlargement process just adds to the feel of the dying rust belt goal region around Scranton circa 1970. The image of Wanda, dressed in white, walking through the barren landscape of mined out areas and the piles of black coal and slag around her, is surreal. It's a jarring image, an angel gliding amidst decay. Is she flotsam on the ebb tide, with no course or direction? The fact she participates in the hostage taking of the banker's family shows she has some resolve, when called upon to make a choice. I could watch this movie a dozen more times and find something new each time. The long-gone scenes of Woolworth's and other extinct businesses just adds to the melancholia for me. A must see, and re-see, and I wish Ms. Loden had left us with more films she directed.


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