The Group (film)
|Directed by||Sidney Lumet|
|Produced by||Sidney Buchman|
|Written by||Sidney Buchman|
|Music by||Laurence Rosenthal|
|Edited by||Ralph Rosenblum|
Famartists Productions S.A.
|Distributed by||United Artists (1966,original) MGM (2011, DVD)|
The cast of this social satire includes Candice Bergen, Joan Hackett, Elizabeth Hartman, Shirley Knight, Jessica Walter, Kathleen Widdoes, and Joanna Pettet. The film also features small roles for Hal Holbrook, Carrie Nye, James Broderick, Larry Hagman and Richard Mulligan. For its time, the movie touched on some controversial topics, such as free love, contraception, abortion, lesbianism and mental illness.
After their university days, eight women go their separate ways. Lakey, always regarded as their leader, leaves for Europe to begin a new life on her own.
The domestic lives of the others go mainly awry. Priss has married a doctor but has two miscarriages. Kay weds a playwright who cheats on her. Dottie gives up a flamboyant lifestyle in Greenwich Village to settle down with a dull Arizona businessman. Pokey has her hands full with two sets of twins.
As for the others, Polly has an affair with a married man, Helena travels the world but is unable to find happiness at home, while Libby, a success in the literary world, is frigid in her personal life.
With the war's intensity building in Europe in 1939, Lakey returns home. When the others realize the woman with her is more than just a traveling companion, they know she has become a lesbian. After a tragedy that results in the death of one of the women, Lakey leads them to the funeral for one last time together as a group.
- Candice Bergen - Lakey
- Joan Hackett - Dottie
- Elizabeth Hartman - Priss
- Shirley Knight - Polly
- Joanna Pettet - Kay
- Mary-Robin Redd - Pokey
- Jessica Walter - Libby
- Kathleen Widdoes - Helena
- James Broderick - Dr. Ridgeley
- James Congdon - Sloan Crockett
- Larry Hagman - Harald Peterson
- Hal Holbrook - Gus Leroy
- Richard Mulligan - Dick Brown
- Robert Emhardt - Mr. Andrews
- Carrie Nye - Norine
- Joan Hackett was nominated for the British BAFTA Film Award for the best foreign (i.e. non-British) actress.
- The film was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 16th Berlin International Film Festival in 1966.
The Group was released to DVD by MGM Hone Video on January 15th, 2011, via the MGM Choice Collection as a Region 1 manufacture-on-demand DVD. "The Group" has since been released on DVD region 2 in the UK on the 6th April 2015 by Simply Media