The 24 Hour Woman

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The 24 Hour Woman
24 Hour Woman.jpg
Movie Poster
Directed by Nancy Savoca
Produced by Larry Meistrich
Written by Nancy Savoca
Richard Guay
Starring Rosie Perez
Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Patti LuPone
Karen Duffy
Cinematography Teresa Medina
Edited by Camilla Toniolo
Shooting Gallery
Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Release date(s) 29 January 1999 (USA)
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,500,000
Box office $109,535 (USA)

The 24 Hour Woman is a 1999 film directed and co-written by Nancy Savoca. The film was shot on location in New York City.[1]


"A story about getting everything you want and what comes next."


Grace (Rosie Perez) struggles to be both a successful television producer and mother.

Principal cast[edit]

Actor Role
Rosie Perez Grace Santos
Marianne Jean-Baptiste Madeline Labelle
Patti LuPone Joan Marshall
Karen Duffy Margo Lynn
Diego Serrano Eddie Diaz
Melissa Leo Dr. Suzanne Pincus
Wendell Pierce Roy Labelle
Chris Cooper Ron Hacksby

Critical reception[edit]

Janet Maslin of The New York Times found the film's depiction of working women to be genuine but overall did not think highly of the film:

The 24-Hour Woman, in which a woman with a high-powered job tries to cope with the high-powered hassles of balancing career and family. But somebody on the other side of the camera has clearly been here and done this, and boy, does it show on screen... It would be nice to report that Ms. Savoca, whose True Love belongs high on any list of films rich in womanly wisdom and whose Household Saints and Dogfight were no less fearless, had made the most of such a golden opportunity to hit a nerve. But The 24-Hour Woman is an unexpectedly strained farce, and not often a very credible one at that. With the notable exception of a long, classic comedy-of-errors sequence about a working mother racing to her child's first birthday party, the film is otherwise a homey compendium of feminist talking points laced with awkward satire.[2]

However, Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times enjoyed the film and rated it 3 stars out of his 4 star rating system and overall thought it was a pleasant experience:

The 24 Hour Woman is a message picture wrapped inside a screwball comedy, with a touch of satire aimed at TV talk shows. It doesn't all work, but it happens so fast we don't get stuck in the awkward parts.[3]


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