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

Director:

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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Production Co:

Lion's Gate Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The nickname of Mildred Lammoreaux (Shelley Duvall) was "Millie" whilst the nickname of Mildred Rose (Sissy Spacek) was "Pinky". 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

Pinky Rose: I wonder what it's like to be twins.
Millie Lammoreaux: Huh?
Pinky Rose: Twins. Bet it'd be weird. Do you think they know which ones they are?
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And Now For Something Completely Different
22 September 2004 | by SheBearSee all my reviews

3 Women is a seriously strange mood study that plays like a languid nightmare. It is an abstract and unusual film, loaded with symbolism. The logic, if there is any, is dream logic. Everything is open to interpretation. There is no sense to be made of it so don't even try.

The first half of the film is slow and aimless but things get very interesting once Pinky (brilliantly acted by Sissy Spacek) hits her head. Pinky sort of becomes Millie (Shelley Duvall) and Millie sort of becomes Pinky and they both sort of become the dream of Willie (Janice Rule) or maybe they don't. Listening to director Robert Altman's commentary on the DVD is revealing. He says that he sees the film as a painting and that the audience should feel it but not understand it.

The references to Persona are obvious but while watching 3 Women I was reminded of another haunting and puzzling film- Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Mysterious and deeply Freudian, 3 Women is one truly unique work so sit back and marvel at the inexplicable.


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