3 Women

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20th Century Fox Released 1977

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Director:
Robert Altman (I)
Released:
1977
Rating:
PG
3 Women is a 1977 drama directed and written by Robert Altman. Based on the director's dream, the story follows two very different women, Pinky (Sissy Spacek) and Millie (Shelley Duvall). The two women are a play in opposites, since Pinky is withdrawn, timid and extroverted and Millie is too brash and confident for her own good. Both women live in a small, unremarkable town and work side by side at a spa. In her awkwardness, Pinky latches onto Millie, admiring the other girl's loud personality. What Pinky is too shy to understand is that Millie's constant, trivial chatter is just a sign of insecurity, since Millie does not have many friends and mostly winds up mocked or dismissed by the people she seeks to befriend. Millie and Pinky eventually move in together, making a life in an apartment building that also houses Willie (Janice Rule), an aggressively strange artist who paints unsettling murals. When the three women face emotional crises, they begin to adopt each other's qualities, shifting from one identity to the next as they struggle to figure themselves out.moreless

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  • 100

    Christian Science Monitor David Sterritt

    Written and directed by a brilliant screen artist at the peak of his powers, it's an utterly original comedy-drama.

  • 80

    Variety

    Absorbing moody and often compelling story.

  • 80

    TV Guide

    A film such as this, which relies on mood, atmosphere, and ideas, rather than plot, depends on its acting to be effective, and the entire cast is extraordinary, with Shelley Duvall...

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    Drama

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    Psychological, Independent, Classics, 70s