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Girlfriends (1978)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | August 1978 (USA)
A photographer and her girlfriend are roommates. She is stuck with small-change shooting jobs and dreams of success. When her roommate decides to get married and leave, she feels hurt and has to learn how to deal with living alone.

Director:

Claudia Weill

Writers:

Claudia Weill (story), Vicki Polon (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Mayron ... Susan Weinblatt
Eli Wallach ... Rabbi Gold
Adam Cohen Adam Cohen ... Bar Mitzvah Boy
Anita Skinner ... Anne Munroe
Jean De Baer Jean De Baer ... Terry
Christopher Guest ... Eric
Nancy Mette ... Denise
Kenneth McMillan ... Cabbie
Bob Balaban ... Martin
Albert Rogers ... Hair Dresser
Jane Anderson Jane Anderson ... Omega Receptionist
Gina Rogak Gina Rogak ... Julie
Russell Horton ... Photo Editor
Regina David Regina David ... Rabbi's Receptionist
Amy Wright ... Ceil
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In New York City, Susan Weinblatt and Anne Munroe are longtime roommates and friends. Susan is a struggling photographer who wants to get out of the wedding and bar mitzvah racket, those jobs which she primarily gets through her friend, Rabbi Gold, to selling the photographs she wants to take, but she realizes that she has to pay the rent. Anne is an aspiring poet and academic who looks to Susan as her primary guidance. As they move into a new apartment, Anne drops the news that she will not be moving in as she is getting married to her boyfriend, Martin. This news is bittersweet for Susan who is somewhat happy for her friend, but isn't sure if she likes all that Martin now represents to her. Both Susan and Anne will have to make professional and personal adjustments to their new situations, especially in what it means for not having the other as a constant in each their lives. While Anne has a "Martin", Susan has no one currently to replace all that Anne has been in her life. So ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Stanley Kubrick raved about this film in an interview with Vicente Molina Fox, which was conducted during the production of The Shining (1980), and named it his favorite film of 1978. See more »

Quotes

Eric: Susan your entire apartment could fit in this place.
Susan Weinblatt: It's not the size that counts, right Eric?
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Unjustly forgotten
16 February 2006 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Well-done and engrossing drama of a woman (played by Melanie Mayron) who's living with her best friend. Her best friend decides to get married and move out. It devastates Mayron and she goes on a journey of self-discovery...and trying to find a new roommate.

This was a big hit in 1978. It played the art house circuit for quite a while. I saw it when I was 16. Being a guy, I wasn't sure I would like it but I was fascinated. The characters were complex, the story absorbing and showed me what NYC was like (back in 1978). After it died down it disappeared completely. There was a showing on cable back in the early 1980s but that was it. I've asked a few friends who are film fanatics (like me) if they knew about this and none of them had even heard of it! That's too bad. This is a wonderful film for anybody--you don't have to be a woman to understand the loneliness and shock Mayron feels when her best friend leaves. Also it has some casual nudity which was surprising for a PG film. It also has Christopher Guest in an early role (and doing a nude scene--not much is shown).

An excellent film. It is available on DVD. The DVD transfer may look grainy but the film always looked like that, It was VERY low-budget.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Girlfriends See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cyclops See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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