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

  • Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations.
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Millie Lammoreaux
Pinky Rose
Willie Hart
Robert Fortier ...
Edgar Hart
Mrs. Rose
Mr. Rose
Sierra Pecheur ...
Ms. Bunweill
Dr. Maas
Maysie Hoy ...
Leslie Ann Hudson ...
Patricia Ann Hudson ...
Beverly Ross ...
John Davey ...
Dr. Norton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carmen Baptiste ...
Rehab patient (uncredited)
Nurse (uncredited)
Soda Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Barrie Youngfellow ...
Connie (uncredited)

Directed by

Robert Altman

Written by

Robert Altman ... ()
Patricia Resnick ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

Robert Altman ... producer
Scott Bushnell ... associate producer
Robert Eggenweiler ... associate producer (as Robert Eggenweiller)

Music by

Gerald Busby

Cinematography by

Charles Rosher Jr. ... director of photography (as Chuck Rosher)

Film Editing by

Dennis M. Hill ... (as Dennis Hill)

Editorial Department

Mark Eggenweiler ... assistant editor
Maysie Hoy ... assistant editor
Tony Lombardo ... assistant editor

Art Direction by

James Dowell Vance ... (as James D. Vance)

Set Decoration by

Shelley Duvall ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

Kaye Pownall ... hair stylist
Monty Westmore ... makeup

Production Management

William A. Sawyer ... post production supervisor (as Bill Sawyer)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Carol Himes ... second assistant director
Tommy Thompson ... first assistant director

Art Department

Michael C. Ayers ... property assistant (as Michael Ayers)
J. Allen Highfill ... visual consultant
Rich Valesko ... property master (as Richard Valesko)
Bodhi Wind ... murals
Dave Margolin ... painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

David M. Horton ... sound editor
Chris McLaughlin ... sound
Bill Phillips ... sound editor
Richard Portman ... re-recording mixer
James E. Webb ... sound (as Jim Webb)

Camera and Electrical Department

John Bailey ... camera operator
Robert Bennett ... dolly grip (as Robert L. Bennett)
Robert E. Dawes Jr. ... first camera assistant
Tim Evans ... gaffer
John Garcia ... best boy
Harry Rez ... key grip
Glenn K. Shimada ... second camera assistant (as Glenn Shimada)
Jacque E. Wallace ... best boy grip

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Jules Melillo ... wardrobe

Music Department

Tom Walls ... music editor
Malcolm McNab ... trumpet soloist (uncredited)

Other crew

Mike Kaplan ... publicist
Alan Ladd Jr. ... presenter
Michael Parloff ... flute soloists
Dan Perri ... title design
Patricia Resnick ... production assistant
Ann Tait ... production accountant
Tommy Thompson ... production executive
Carole Keagy ... publicist (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Three Women (United States)
  • Robert Altman's 3 Women (United States)
  • Three Women (World-wide, English title)
  • 3 femmes (France)
  • 3 mujeres (Spain)
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  • 124 min
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Budget $1,500,000 (estimated)

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Trivia Shelley Duvall's skirt getting stuck in the car door was initially accidental. Robert Altman found it amusing and asked her to intentionally do it throughout the rest of the filming. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Take 2: Great Performances that Oscar Ignored (1980). 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 anything bad by it. I don't know what makes it such a big deal. She's just a little kid.
Dr. Maas: I'll tell you what makes it such a big deal. I do not want any discrepancies in these records. I do not want government people coming in here going through these books. I think Rose did this on purpose.
Ms. Bunweil: I didn't trust her from the very minute I first laid eyes on her.
Millie Lammoreaux: She never did anything wrong on purpose. She's just scared of you, that's all. Then she almost died, and nobody even cared around here. You're the bad ones, not Pinky. All you care about's your time clock, your money and your dumb books. Well, you don't have to worry about any Social Security numbers anymore, because I quit. It's a horrible job. And we don't need it. Neither of us.
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