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Ash Wednesday (1973)

Barbara gets secret plastic surgery in Switzerland in an attempt to save her marriage to Mark, but he doesn't seem interested in meeting her. She checks in to a ski resort to wait for Mark,... See full summary »

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Larry Peerce
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Barbara Sawyer
Henry Fonda ... Mark Sawyer
Helmut Berger ... Erich
Keith Baxter ... David
Maurice Teynac Maurice Teynac ... Doctor Lambert
Margaret Blye ... Kate Sawyer
Monique van Vooren ... German Woman
Henning Schlüter Henning Schlüter ... Bridge Player
Dino Mele ... Mario
Kathy Van Lypps Kathy Van Lypps ... Mandy
Dina Sassoli ... Nurse Ilse
Carlo Puri Carlo Puri ... Paolo
Andrea Esterhazy Andrea Esterhazy ... Comte d'Arnoud
Jill Pratt Jill Pratt ... Simone
Irina Wassilchikoff Irina Wassilchikoff ... Silvano del Campo
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Barbara gets secret plastic surgery in Switzerland in an attempt to save her marriage to Mark, but he doesn't seem interested in meeting her. She checks in to a ski resort to wait for Mark, and begins getting attention from young men. Her daughter tries to warn her that even though she has had the surgery it might be too late for her marriage, but she clings to the hope that Mark will come back once he sees her new look. Meanwhile, she must decide whether or not have an affair with a young man she's met. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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How far would you go to save your face? Barbara Sawyer went all the way! See more »

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Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Rivalin See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Elizabeth Taylor's husband at time, Richard Burton, thought the film was horrible and damaging to his wife's career, according to letters released for auction in 2004. "I sit here vulgarised by the idea that my wife is doing; violently against my 'taste'; a f - - - lousy nothing bloody film," he wrote in a 1973 letter to two employees. He continued "[Taylor's] singular acceptance of this film is because she wants to remain a famous film star. What the stupid (occasionally) maniac doesn't realise is that she is already immortalised (as a film person) forever." See more »


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Ruby
Written by Heinz Roemheld (as Roemheld) and Mitchell Parish
Performed by Ray Charles
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Gossamer plastic surgery fantasy...
2 April 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

"Ash Wednesday" opens with a series of sepia-toned, fabricated photographs putting a young, glamorous Elizabeth Taylor together with a lean, dark-haired Henry Fonda; it's a great credits-sequence, well pulled off, until we find out that all this fancy living has taken its toll on poor Liz, portraying a lawyer's wife from Detroit (couldn't they aim higher than that?). Figuring plastic surgery is the only way to win back her estranged husband's love, Taylor checks into a Swiss medical resort and receives a full-body lift, later trading in her gauze and bandages for Valentino wraps and elaborate fur ensembles for a vacation at the local chalet. There's nothing remotely engaging about this scenario, except to see La Liz in a series of delectable wardrobe changes. We know that when Fonda arrives and sees her, nothing will be different (this is telegraphed far in advance). The picture was probably ahead of its time in depicting the vanity in men as well as in women, but Taylor and Fonda have a tough time creating actual characters (the writing being hardly more than a sketch). Liz has a nice moment asking Fonda to sing with her as they walk home, also a strong scene arguing with her daughter (Margaret Blye, who is well-cast; her eyes are almost as beautiful as Taylor's). But this fairy-tale-that-isn't hasn't much to offer aside from its surface attributes, which are photographed in a maddening series of subdued colors. ** from ****


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