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Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)

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Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair.

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Alan Rudolph
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Dorothy Parker
Campbell Scott ... Robert Benchley
Matthew Broderick ... Charles MacArthur
Peter Gallagher ... Alan Campbell
Jennifer Beals ... Gertrude Benchley
Andrew McCarthy ... Eddie Parker
Wallace Shawn ... Horatio Byrd
Martha Plimpton ... Jane Grant
Sam Robards ... Harold Ross
Lili Taylor ... Edna Ferber
James Le Gros ... Deems Taylor (as James LeGros)
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Paula Hunt
Nick Cassavetes ... Robert Sherwood
David Thornton ... George S. Kaufman
Heather Graham ... Mary Kennedy Taylor
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Dorothy Parker remembers the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table, a circle of friends whose barbed wit, like hers, was fueled by alcohol and flirted with despair. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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New York in the 1920's. The only place to be was the Algonquin, and the only person to know was Dorothy Parker. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Debut produced screenplay of writer Randy Sue Coburn. See more »

Quotes

Dorothy Parker: I may have him mounted.
Robert Benchley: One would assume.
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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #1.3 (2002) See more »

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Best of both worlds.
3 March 2001 | by lonecap-2See all my reviews

This film represents the best of both worlds in two sets of sometimes opposing criteria.

First, in terms of movies overall, I'd say this is one of my favorites technically/artistically. The sets were great, the acting was great (especially Leigh and Scott, one of my favorite on-screen Romance-That-Never-Was duos, like Fiennes and Blanchett in "Oscar And Lucinda.").

But this is also one of my favorites in terms of enjoyment. I watch it for the scenes I love, and the mood it sets. I will probably not tire of watching and rewatching this film for a long time to come.

Second, in terms of Biopics, this also rates highly. It had enough accuracy/realism to make it a good bio, and enough drama and flare to make it a good pic. A rare combination. I'd say "13 Days" also did that feat well.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mrs. Parker and Mr. Benchley See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,512, 27 November 1994

Gross USA:

$2,144,667

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,144,667
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Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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