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The Women's Room (1980)

A wife is sick and tired of her husband's infidelities, so she leaves home and goes back to grad-school. There she meets many self-confident women who help her find her own voice.

Director:

Glenn Jordan

Writers:

Marilyn French (novel), Carol Sobieski
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Remick ... Mira Adams
Colleen Dewhurst ... Val
Patty Duke ... Lily
Kathryn Harrold ... Bliss
Tovah Feldshuh ... Iso
Tyne Daly ... Adele
Lisa Pelikan ... Kyla
Heidi Vaughn Heidi Vaughn ... Samantha
Mare Winningham ... Chris
Ted Danson ... Norman
Gregory Harrison ... Ben Volper
Jenny O'Hara ... Mrs. Martinelli
Christopher Pennock ... Harley
Al Corley ... Tad Ford
Michael LeClair Michael LeClair ... Normie - Age 15
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A wife is sick and tired of her husband's infidelities, so she leaves home and goes back to grad-school. There she meets many self-confident women who help her find her own voice.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cosas de mujeres See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Lee Remick's second husband, British producer Kip Gowans, worked with Lee on a number of TV movies including The Women's Room (1980), and Rearview Mirror (1984) See more »

Connections

Featured in The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1981) See more »

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A generally well-acted TV movie.
28 November 2003 | by hrd1963See all my reviews

Satisfactory adaptation of the Marilyn French bestseller. Lee Remick is Myra, a thirtyish housewife who decides to abandon her cheating husband (a pre-Cheers Ted Danson) and dull suburban lifestyle, and return to graduate school. There, she becomes involved in the burgeoning women's movement and eventually finds sexual fulfillment in the arms of a younger man (Gregory Harrison). As Remick's character develops from a naive, sheltered young bride to an aware, independent woman, the viewer is introduced to two sets of female characters (Patty Duke, Tyne Daly and Kathryn Harrold are her suburban friends, all trapped in unhappy marriages, and Colleen Dewhurst, Tovah Felshuh, Lisa Pelikan and Mare Winningham are her graduate school associates) who, through their own experiences, help to shape and inform Myra's self-identity. Ultimately, Remick concludes that her happiness need not be dependent on any man. While I wouldn't characterize the film as "man-hating", as other on-line comments have suggested, it very definitely has a feminist sensibility. The acting is generally quite fine. Remick offers her usual capable performance, Dewhurst excels as her sexually frank, liberated friend and Winningham is very good as Dewhurst's neglected daughter. Patty Duke, while often compelling, is occasionally over the top as Remick's emotionally unstable friend; Tyne Daly manages a similar role with far more subtlety.


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