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These Old Broads (2001)

Not Rated | | Comedy | TV Movie 12 February 2001
After a re-release of their 60's film hit "Boy Crazy" becomes a smash, three actresses (Piper Grayson, Kate Westbourne and Addie Holden) reunite for a reunion show, with help from Kate's ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Kate Westbourne
Debbie Reynolds ... Piper Grayson
Joan Collins ... Addie Holden
Elizabeth Taylor ... Beryl Mason
Jonathan Silverman ... Wesley Westbourne
Nestor Carbonell ... Gavin
Peter Graves ... Bill
Carlos Jacott ... Tom
Pat Crawford Brown ... Miriam Hodges
Suzanne Carney Suzanne Carney ... Connie
Heath Hyche ... Ben Collier
Gene Barry ... Mr. Stern
Pat Harrington Jr. ... Tony Frank (as Pat Harrington)
Hinton Battle ... Pete
Betty Carvalho Betty Carvalho ... Rosa
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After a re-release of their 60's film hit "Boy Crazy" becomes a smash, three actresses (Piper Grayson, Kate Westbourne and Addie Holden) reunite for a reunion show, with help from Kate's son and their manager, Beryl Mason. The problem? The three actresses and their manager all loathe each other. Written by Ashley Phipps <LavernShrl@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 2001 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Stereo

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Color

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1.77 : 1
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Trivia

Elizabeth Taylor remained seated for most of her performance and was wheeled onto the set in a chair. "I can't walk a long distance so everybody sees me in a wheelchair and thinks I'm sick," she told TV Guide. "If you had broken your back three times, you couldn't stand very long [either]." See more »

Quotes

Miriam: That's her Hollywood voice.
Addie Holden: Can it, mummy dearest! I was educated in England.
Miriam: If you say so, Countess.
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Alternate Versions

Originally broadcast on television and released on VHS in an improper full-screen 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Released on DVD in the correct wide-screen 1.77:1 format. See more »

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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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What a Life
Written by David Shire and Richard Maltby
Performed by Shirley MacLaine, Debbie Reynolds and Joan Collins
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Mixed feelings
22 February 2001 | by SirLizrdSee all my reviews

I had been looking forward to this film ever since I first heard about Carrie Fisher's script. Unfortunately, the TV movie didn't live up to my expectations. It was great to see these legendary ladies working together, but the results were not as I had hoped. I don't know if it was the script or the directing, but most of the jokes fell flat. I know that Carrie Fisher had as hard a time getting the film made as the characters had in getting their reunion special aired. Studios wouldn't put up the money because they didn't think that it would be worth it. If the film was given the right director it could have been as witty and wicked as the 1939 classic "The Women" (Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine, Mary Boland).

I believe that the Joan Collins role was originally intended for Lauren Bacall. When Bacall passed the role was offered to Julie Andrews, who also turned it down. I think that Tony Curtis was supposed to play the gangster lover and June Allyson was supposed to play the mother of the Joan Collins character. I can't help to wonder if all of these bail-outs had anything to do with the poor quality that was ultimately produced?

It wasn't all bad, though. There were some really funny moments. I enjoyed the camp factor of Debbie and Joan's performance in the gay club. These bigger-than-life legendary stars are practically drag queens, anyway. The gay subplot was pointless, however, without having been developed properly. Carrie Fisher did toss in some great zingers and one-liners.

I'd definitely watch this movie again some day, but I'll always be haunted by the thoughts of "what might have been"...


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