The Group (film)

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The Group
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Film poster
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Produced by Sidney Buchman
Written by Sidney Buchman
Starring Candice Bergen
Joan Hackett
Elizabeth Hartman
Shirley Knight
Joanna Pettet
Jessica Walter
Music by Laurence Rosenthal
Cinematography Boris Kaufman
Edited by Ralph Rosenblum
Famartists Productions S.A.
Distributed by United Artists (1966,original) MGM (2011, DVD)
Release dates
  • March 4, 1966 (1966-03-04)
Running time
150 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $6,000,000[1]

The Group is a 1966 ensemble film directed by Sidney Lumet based on the novel of the same name by Mary McCarthy about a group of female graduates from a Vassar-like college during the early 1930s.

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.


Box office[edit]

The film grossed $6 million at the box office,[1] earning $3 million in US theatrical rentals.[2] It was the 25th highest grossing film of 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


  1. ^ a b "Box Office Information for The Group". The Numbers. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Big Rental Pictures of 1966", Variety, 4 January 1967 pg 8
  3. ^ " Awards for The Group". Retrieved 2010-02-26. 

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