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on 28 September 2017
Excellent example of writing for women. The characters are fascinating for the era, but it is a product of that age and as seen in the remake, with Meg Griffiths, Neither the plot or the dialogue transfers well to the modern age. Enjoy it for what it is, a window into a bygone age.
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on 3 March 2016
Item was posted promptly and arrived earlier than estimated which was fantastic.

Item was exactly as described and came with instructions on how to access the english version without subtitles which were very easy to follow.

This is one of my mum's favourite films and she has been trying to get the original version on DVD for years. She is absolutely over the moon. Thank you.
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on 20 January 2015
A great film as there are no men in it. Much, much better than the re-make! A little corny, especially the end! No problems in playing it on our DVD player.
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on 6 August 2009
Joan Crawford,in an early role,plays the b*tch in this film,as a man eating hussy who steals another woman's husband.Norma Shearer's character is a little too saccarine sweet but the other 'ladies'(term loosely used!)provide clever catty comments and acid observations. A comedy of NO manners.
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on 27 February 2014
This is not the film I thought it was. I remembered it as witty and pro-women but actually it is the most dreadful sentimental hogwash around. However there are some great performances and if one can avoid the dreadful message it is worth a look. No surprises but a few good vignettes.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 April 2013
This is a very good, very clever, bitter sweet "romantic comedy", made in 1939, a time when neither romantic comedies nor the political correctness existed. Below some more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

As you probably already know, this film is COMPLETELY devoided of men! Not even one man appears on the screen - EVER (even dogs and cats are all females)! And at 2 hours 13 minutes this is a long film... And yet, even if they are so conspicuosly absent, men are nevertheless extremely present...)))

The scenario of this film is an adaptation of a play and it is clearly visible - and this is one of the strongest points of this film, as it makes it completely focused on witty, clever, fast, brilliant and sometimes pretty cruel dialogs. Once again, this is a long film - but believe me, you will not see the time pass! All actresses perform at the top of their abilities and they are a pleasure to watch.

But the greatest treasure of this film is the absolute lack of political correctness (and it begins with the opening titles)! If anybody tried to make this film today, with the same dialogs and solutions, well, I think the feminist/politically correct crowd would probably lynch him/her and throw what is left to piranhas! And this is a MAJOR reason to buy, watch and keep this film.

Joan Crawford is a particular delight in this film, playing (what a surprise) an evil, black-hearted gold digger - but still, I appreciated very much that at the end she had the final word - well, kind of...))) Believe me, it is worthy to watch this long film to the very end even if you have to retain just the scene in which Joan Crawford has the final word...)))!

Amongst the treasures of this film are also a heavy drinking scene, a marvelous catfight (honestly, even better than any of Krystle vs. Alexis scenes in "Dynasty"), lots of wonderful gossiping scenes and many, many others.

This film is also a terrible indictement against the divorce, reminding us of the heavy price always paid by the principal victims - the children...

Bottom line, I loved this film, I am so happy that I bought and watched it and I will keep it preciously for future viewings. Enjoy!
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VINE VOICEon 18 July 2008
The Women is a 1939 comedy film directed by George Cukor. The film was based on Clare Boothe Luce's play of the same name One of the great successes of its day, the film starred screen goddesses Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine, Lucile Watson, Mary Boland, Marjorie Main, Virginia Grey, Phyllis Povah, Florence Nash, Ruth Hussey, Virginia Weidler, Butterfly McQueen, and Hedda Hopper.

The film continued the play's all-female tradition - the entire cast of more than 130 speaking roles was female. Set in the glamorous Manhattan apartments of high society evoked by Cedric Gibbons, and in Reno where they obtain their divorces, it presents an acidic commentary on the pampered lives and power struggles of various rich, bored wives and the other women that they come into contact with. Throughout the film, not a single male is seen -- although the males are much talked about, and the central theme is the women's relationships with them.

It is Hollywood entertainment at its best: great performances by the best actresses of the day, funny, sad and sarcastic. It is one of the great classic which one can watch and enjoy today. A new remake it is be released this year showing the attraction the story still holds.
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on 10 March 2014
They both love this film and would watch it every day if they could.

I myself have seen it a couple of times and would recommend it to anyone, even men.

A classic film from the 30's
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on 21 April 2009
This film is a perfect example of how Hollywood used to make great films. It is a classic that will most likely outlive the rather anodyne re-make of 2008.

So many famous actresses and some great comedic moments - what a set that must have been to work on. As a big fan of Rosalind Russell I watch the film for her performance but with the likes of Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer there is never a dull moment.

The dialogue is snappy and very quotable: "You're so slim I could kill you." "You don't have to, the diet I'm on is pure poison." Buy this DVD and soak up the golden era of Hollywood without any of those pesky men getting in the way!
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on 19 July 2017
This bluray is region free and a classic
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