3 Women – Criterion [DVD] (1977) *VERY GOOD*

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3 Women – Criterion [DVD] (1977) *VERY GOOD*


In a dusty, under-populated California resort town, Pinky Rose (Sissy Spacek), a naive and impressionable Southern waif begins her life as a nursing home attendant. There, Pinky finds her role model in fellow nurse “Thoroughly Modern” Millie Lammoreaux (Shelley Duvall), a misguided would-be sophisticate and hopeless devotee of Cosmopolitan and Woman’s Day magazines. When Millie accepts Pinky into her home at the Purple Sage singles’ complex, Pinky’s hero-worship evolves into something far stranger and more sinister than either could have anticipated. Featuring brilliant performances from Spacek and Duvall, Robert Altman’s dreamlike masterpiece, 3 Women, careens from the humorous to the chilling to the surreal, resulting in one of the most unusual and compelling films of the 1970s.

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3 Women is a 1977 American avant-garde drama film written and directed by Robert Altman and starring Shelley DuvallSissy Spacek and Janice Rule. It depicts the increasingly bizarre, mysterious relationship between a woman (Duvall) and her roommate and co-worker (Spacek) in a dusty, underpopulated Californian desert town.

The story came directly from a dream Altman had, which he adapted into a treatment, intending to film without a screenplay20th Century Fox financed the project on the basis of Altman's past work, and a screenplay was completed before filming.

3 Women premiered at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme d'Or and Duvall received the Best Actress Award. It received widespread critical acclaim. Interpretation of the film has involved use of psychoanalysis and discussion of identity. It was not a strong box office success despite Hollywood studio financing and distribution. After its theatrical release, the film was unavailable on home video for almost thirty years, until it was released by The Criterion Collection in 2004.


3 Women

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Directed by Robert Altman
Produced by Robert Altman
Written by Robert Altman
Starring Shelley Duvall
Sissy Spacek
Janice Rule
Music by Gerald Busby
Cinematography Chuck Roscher
Edited by Dennis Hill
Lion's Gate Films
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • April 3, 1977 (NYC)
  • April 29, 1977 (LA)
Running time
124 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.7 million

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