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Unmarried Woman [DVD] [1978] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates, Michael Murphy, Cliff Gorman, Patricia Quinn
  • Directors: Paul Mazursky
  • Writers: Paul Mazursky
  • Producers: Paul Mazursky, Anthony Ray
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jan 2006
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BOH918
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,853 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 May 2014
Format: DVD
Jill Clayburgh was one of those actresses whose luminosity shone true. I really lived her films, and this is one of the best. The best part of this film is the tearing apart of what Erica, Jill's character, loved the best, being married. We follow her through her days of rising in the morning to 'Swan Lake', getting her husband and daughter off each morning, and then finding her own way. Lunch with her friends, her days at the gallery, home at night with her family.

And, then, it all fell apart when her husband confesses he has fallen in love with a younger woman and is moving out. Here she is, trying to pull herself together, yelling at her teen aged daughter because she needed to let off steam. Talking things over with her therapist, and then the liquid lunches with her friends. Dating and hosting all the men, trying to forgo their passes. Meeting Mr Right or is he, falling in love again.

This is such a funny, true film, heartbreaking at times. And so much of what's best is because of Jill Clayburgh, whose performance is the best. A film to be seen again and again.

Recommended. prisrob 05-04-14
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lyon Mitch on 20 Dec 2008
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Set in the 70's about a mother in her early 40's who is suddenly on her own after her husband leaves for a younger women. Very relevant for today as we see her grow and become more confident day by day. A really lovely film to share with a girlfriend (not a wife!!)and a bottle of red wine. A friend of mine going through a similar experience identified completely with the character, who is fantastically portrayed by Jill Clayburgh.
Not a must see but a nice night in.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Even though it may seem dated, it IS what makes a classic 17 Aug 2006
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The more I watch this well loved, intimate, unique film, the more I love and appreciate it. People, you are missing out on a unique piece of American culture if you neglect this gem.Not only is the acting so astounding , the actors were so naturalistic which was so indicative of the 70's ( and to me , so sorely missed. Not to sound dowdy but so much of today;s acting is merely posing and pouting and trying to look the all-important-sexy-at-all-costs) The story is simple and human, a broken marriage , a woman who finds her core...but told so beautifully ,and in the background is that city, that city, that city which to me is also another actress in the film, our New York...

Also another major plus in the DVD is the commentary by Paul Mazursky and Jill Clayburgh. They have such insight and warmth and interesting commentary, not just about the making of the film but about art and acting and life . To me it was worth it to hear these wonderful artists express their ideas and memories. I have to admit, I love them both and so much of my life was shaped by this movie.

It is a truly underrated and underappreciated piece of art. It is ART ! The score is divine too. If you think , after the 1st viewing, that maybe you dont like it, it is too 70s or corny,,, give it another try. It is truly a whole little world that you are glimpsing, Mr Mazursky created a magical place, and I never never tire of going there.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
It's never too late to become your own person 11 Aug 2000
By A Customer - Published on
I first saw this movie with my mother when it was released theatrically. Because I was just 13 years old, some of the subject matter sailed right over my head, but I was still entranced by the film and cheered Erica on to find her own happy ending.
I have seen the film many times since, and it has become one of my all time favorite movies. Jill Clayburgh shines as Erica and brings such a believability to this role. You are right there with Erica as she revels in her comfortable Upper East Side life, as she walks around in a fog when her husband leaves, as she takes those tentative first steps into the world of dating, as she finds love once again, and ultimately, as she emerges as a woman who discovers who she is and is determined to face life and love on HER terms.
I think this is Paul Mazursky's best work. He was not afraid to explore his feminine side and write this film from a woman's point of view. Many of the themes brought up in the film, such as loss, self-esteem, and independence still ring true today and I am hard pressed to name a recent film that explores this territory as well.
On a purely aesthetic level, I would kill to have Erica's apartment. A spacious, tastefully decorated hi-rise apartment with stunning views of Manhattan...I would be in heaven. The movie gets a star alone for that location.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A peak for both Jill Clayburgh and Paul Mazursky 12 Jun 2000
By Peter Shelley - Published on
Jill Clayburgh was nominated for an Oscar as the lead in this 1978 film. She didn't win but it pushed her into the "A" class for a few good years. It's interesting to witness Clayburgh's career rise and fall as symptomatic of the public's short love affair with actresses. She still can be seen in supporting roles and she is as good as she ever was - beautiful, funny, warm and tender - but she is probably unable to recapture those "A" bankable heydays. As Erica, a woman who's husband leaves her for a younger woman, Pauline Kael describes her having an "addled radiance with a floating not-quite-sure not-quite-here quality". Clayburgh is memorable wearing a high-collared tan Albert Wolsky coat with a snarl on her face that is both funny and real when she is told the news of the infidelity. Written and directed by Paul Mazursky and burdened with an annoying Rocky-esque score by Bill Conti, the film has a few slow improvisational spots but is generally likeable. Ironically, as it raised Clayburgh's profile, it also was the peak for Mazursky, after films like Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, Blume in Love and Next Stop, Greenwich Village in the early 70's. The only later film to match them is Enemies, A Love Story made in 1989. The film was also a mainstream breakthrough for Alan Bates who here wears a beard and is hunkily gorgeous as Erica's love interest. His rapport with Clayburgh seems genuine and the film improves once he appears half way through. At the time it was released, Mazursky's feminist end was criticised for having Erica turn down Bates' request to go away with her since Bates is presented as irresistible. Kael thought the only way to balance Erica's "idiotic" decision would be to reveal Bates' character as a fraud. You decide.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Amazing on DVD 20 Jan 2006
By HMU123 - Published on
Format: DVD
I couldn't wait for this film to be digitized, and the print is just beautiful. You can see Clayburgh's freckles! Some of those classic shots of her face are even more amazing when you can see her clearly. And the views of the New York skyline are even lovelier when the lights don't look like one big blur. Both the sound and the color have been cleaned up and are excellent. My only wish for the 30th anniversary edition next year (marketing opportunity alert) would be additional supplementary material. Something with Bates before his death would be thrilling. However, this package does include a long commentary with both Jill and Mazursky--worth listening to if you're a fan of the movie, though Mazursky gets a bit repetitious and obvious at times. If you're a long-time New Yorker, the info about where various scenes were shot is quite interesting.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A New-York-In The-Late-70s Timecapsule 19 April 2010
By Peter Shilpot Freeman - Published on
Format: DVD
It's very interesting reading the other reviews to this film. The reactions to it are very extreme. Some people love it. Some people hate it and that was exactly the reaction people had to it back in 1978 when it first came out.

The late mid to late 70s was New York's era as the 'fashionable city' in the days of fashionable cities. NYC took the torch from Swinging Sixites London as the city every fashionable person wanted to go to, live in, know...
It was the 'Disco' capital of the world. It was where the most interesting films were set. It where all the happening artists lived and Unmarried Woman caught the zeitgeist of that time. Even jogging was a new phenomenon back then and NY lead the way with it and 'everyone' wanted to know what people were up to there, even about the jogging. If you'd never been to NYC you were missing out. If you had been to NY and or knew NY, back in 1978, you bragged about it.

Unmarried Woman was a product of all this fascination with the city at the time. Trivial details about life in NY had a sort of cachet. Therefore, on reflection, what may seem trite to viewers today, had a strange sort of value back then.

Some people sneer at Erica's seemingly privileged position in society. How dare she be so miserable, have you seen where she lives? Well, guess what, wealthy women also feel sad when they are rejected by their husbands for a younger model. And guess what, some people like to look at the lives of people who live in beautiful apartments with views of the river and wizz downtown in yellow cabs on bright New York mornings. In fact it's the contrast between the material privilege and the sadness and loss that makes this film work.

Some people are also alarmed by the strong, upfront musical score. Sorry about that. Music in the 70s was strong and upfront in our lives, not just background noise. The wailing saxophone was the pop instrument of the time and the excellent, very 70s soundtrack, is one of the aspects that make watching this film such a powerful, nostalgic and enjoyable ride.

Unmarried Woman does have its flaws. It is at times somewhat simplistic and personally, I'm not so sure that Erica was as much of a catch as we're made to believe.

This is very much a film of its time and a very interesting time and place it was and I wish they still made films like this today, about adults, for adults, with strong subtle performances, without both eyes on the cash register, without some dreary, over-exposed, under talented box office 'star' drudging her way through her lines. There was something very adult and sophisticated about American cinema in the 70s and Unmarrried Woman takes its place in the long list of films that were a part of that.

Unmarried Woman is a few chapters in the story of the life of an ordinary, reasonably wealthy woman's life. It's beautifully shot. Beautifully scored. Excellently acted and I'm glad it's still there as a memory of a short but memorable time and place.
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