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Two roommates/physical therapists, one a vain woman and the other a mysterious teenager, share a bizarre relationship.

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Robert Altman

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Robert Altman
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shelley Duvall ... Millie Lammoreaux
Sissy Spacek ... Pinky Rose
Janice Rule ... Willie Hart
Robert Fortier Robert Fortier ... Edgar Hart
Ruth Nelson ... Mrs. Rose
John Cromwell ... Mr. Rose
Sierra Pecheur Sierra Pecheur ... Ms. Bunweill
Craig Richard Nelson ... Dr. Maas
Maysie Hoy Maysie Hoy ... Doris
Belita Moreno ... Alcira
Leslie Ann Hudson Leslie Ann Hudson ... Polly
Patricia Ann Hudson Patricia Ann Hudson ... Peggy
Beverly Ross Beverly Ross ... Deidre
John Davey John Davey ... Dr. Norton
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Storyline

Pinky is an awkward adolescent who starts work at a spa in the California desert. She becomes overly attached to fellow spa attendant, Millie when she becomes Millie's room-mate. Millie is a lonely outcast who desperately tries to win attention with constant up-beat chatter. They hang out at a bar owned by a strange pregnant artist and her has-been cowboy husband. After two emotional crises, the three women steal and trade personalities until they settle into a new family unit that seems to give each woman what she was searching for. Written by danetta cox cordova

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1 woman became 2/2 women became 3/3 women became 1


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

3 Women See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Lion's Gate Films See more »
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Mono

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Shelley Duvall won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for "Three Women" as well as the Los Angeles Film Critics award for Best Actress. She also placed second place with the New York Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics Awards. She was also nominated for the BAFTA. Inexplicably, however, she was unfortunately not Oscar nominated. See more »

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When Millie and Pinkie prepare for dinner party, the time line is way out of whack. Scene begins in early morning, as Millie wakes Pinkie and tells her she is going grocery shopping for the dinner. Millie returns from store (presumably within an hour or so), Pinkie carries out garbage after spilling shrimp cocktail on herself and, en route to trash cans, meets dinner guests who say they can't come because they're on way to a beer joint instead - a scene that would have occurred no later than mid-morning and means that seven or more hours are unaccounted for. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Maas: No. I do not think this was a simple mistake. The chances of her making up a Social Security number exactly the same as yours are very slim.
Ms. Bunweil: She maliciously gave me your number when she filled out her W-4.
Millie Lammoreaux: How could she have? I didn't even know her then.
Ms. Bunweil: Don't get smart with me, Lammoreaux. You can't fool me. She told me she couldn't remember her number and was gonna write home for it, and, like a fool, I believed her.
Millie Lammoreaux: So maybe she forgot to do it and just gave you mine instead. She didn't mean...
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Psychological Study of Human Stability
9 December 2004 | by MuzikNFilmSee all my reviews

We are all on the brink. Many of us have endearing qualities that are lacking in others and vice versa. Do we question ourselves or do we change drastically? Can we become better people or are we doomed with our very own dismal personality traits? These are the questions that the film, 3 Women, examines.

I saw this film as a 14 year old boy with no preconceptions. It made me feel like there were imposter's as well as identity thieves among us all. I even became suspicious of people who I considered to be my allies! A truly, classic piece of cinema paranoia (in the tradition of Polanski's The Tenant). Except in this case, there is no illusion. Just one ,blatant, slap in the face after another. When you watch this film, it will literally shed it's skin and reveal something that is spookily real and very threatening, without all the supernatural riff-raff and far-fetched plot. This is a film about REAL characters and REAL development. The ending can be summed up by the scene which precedes it, in which the three women are brought together by a rather tragic incident, as this breathes new "life" into their bleak, sometimes dusty environments. "One woman became two..Two became three...3 Women became One."


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