The Group (film)

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The Group
Group imp.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Produced by Sidney Buchman
Written by Sidney Buchman Mary McCarthy novel
Music by Laurence Rosenthal
Cinematography Boris Kaufman
Edited by Ralph Rosenblum
Famartists Productions S.A.
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • March 4, 1966 (1966-03-04)
Running time
150 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2.4 million[1]
Box office $6 million[2]

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.[3] The film also features small roles for Hal Holbrook, Carrie Nye, James Broderick, Larry Hagman and Richard Mulligan.[3] For its time, the film touched on 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.




  • Philippa Bevans as Mrs. Hartshorn
  • Leta Bonynge as Mrs. Prothero
  • Marion Brash as Radio Man's Wife
  • Sarah Burton as Mrs. Davison
  • Flora Campbell as Mrs. MacAusland
  • Bruno Di Cosmi as Nils
  • Leora Dana as Mrs. Renfrew
  • Bill Fletcher as Bill, the Actor
  • George Gaynes as Brook Latham
  • Martha Greenhouse as Mrs. Bergler
  • Russell Hardie as Mr. Davison
  • Vince Harding as Mr. Eastlake
  • Doreen Lang as Nurse Swenson
  • Chet London as Radio Man
  • Baruch Lumet as Mr. Schneider
  • John O'Leary as Put Blake
  • Hildy Parks as Nurse Catherine
  • Lidia Prochnicka as The Baroness
  • Polly Rowles as Mrs. Andrews
  • Douglas Rutherford as Mr. Prothero
  • Truman Smith as Mr. Bergler
  • Loretta White as Mrs. Eastlake

Cameo Appearance/Uncredited[edit]


The film grossed $6 million at the box office,[2] earning $3 million in US theatrical rentals.[4] It was the 25th highest-grossing film of 1966.

The Group was released to DVD by MGM Home Video on January 15, 2011, via the MGM Choice Collection as a Region 1 manufacture-on-demand DVD.[5]


Variety wrote that the film is faithful to the novel but retains too much detail.[6]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Happy 'Group' Portrait By A.H.WEILER. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 13 June 1965: X13.
  2. ^ a b "Box Office Information for The Group". The Numbers. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "The Group". TCM database. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 20, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Big Rental Pictures of 1966", Variety, 4 January 1967 pg 8
  5. ^ Saito, Stephen (April 14, 2011). "Five of Sidney Lumet's Lesser-Known Films Worth Seeking Out". IFC. Retrieved June 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Review: 'The Group'". Variety. 1966. Retrieved June 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ " Awards for The Group". Retrieved 2010-02-26. 

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