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All About Eve (1950)

aka All About Eve

"It's all about women...and their men!"

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Details: 138 mins · English, French

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deserving of the hype

An absolutely wonderful movie, with witty dialogue that keeps the film moving and great performances from every member of the ensemble. I can see why this is such an enduring classic – what’s not to love about women being witty and bitchy to each other? It holds up remarkably for a film that’s almost seven decades old.

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Good

Bette Davis and Anne Baxter are so good in this.... Definately worth a watch.

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Cast:

Small Margo Channing
Small Eve Harrington
Small Addison DeWitt
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Small Karen Richards
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Small Bill Sampson
Small Miss Caswell
Small Lloyd Richards
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No_movie_poster Max Fabian
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Small Phoebe
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Small Birdie Coonan
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Small Aged Actor
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Crew:

Small Edith Head Costume Design
Small Darryl F. Zanuck Producer
No_movie_poster Alfred Newman Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Walter M. Scott Set Decoration
Small Joseph L. Mankiewicz Director
Small Milton R. Krasner Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Barbara McLean Editor
No_movie_poster George W. Davis Art Direction
No_movie_poster W.D. Flick Sound Designer
Small Joseph L. Mankiewicz Writer
No_movie_poster Barbara McLean Editing
No_movie_poster Mary Orr Story Contributor

Taglines:

"It's all about women...and their men!"

"It's all about women---and their men!"

Plot:



At an awards dinner, Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) — the newest and brightest star on Broadway — is being presented the Sarah Siddons Award for her breakout performance as Cora in Footsteps on the Ceiling. Theatre critic Addison DeWitt (George Sanders) observes the proceedings and, in a sardonic voiceover, recalls how Eve's star rose as quickly as it did.

The film flashes back a year. Margo Channing (Bette Davis) is one of the biggest stars on Broadway, but despite her success she is bemoaning her age, having just turned forty and knowing what that will mean for her career. After a performance one night, Margo's close friend Karen Richards (Celeste Holm), wife of the play's author Lloyd Richards (Hugh Marlowe), meets besotted fan Eve Harrington in the cold alley outside the stage door. Recognizing her from having passed her many times in the alley (as Eve claims to have seen every performance of Margo's current play, Aged in Wood), Karen takes her backstage to meet Margo. Eve tells the group gathered in Margo's dressing room — Karen and Lloyd, Margo's boyfriend Bill Sampson (Gary Merrill), a director who is eight years her junior, and Margo's maid Birdie (Thelma Ritter) — that she followed Margo's last theatrical tour to New York after seeing her in a play in San Francisco. She tells a moving and involving story of a difficult life, including losing her young husband in the recent war. She is becomingly humble and flattering in her idolization of Margo. In response, Margo quickly befriends Eve, moves her into her home, and takes her on as her assistant, leaving Birdie, who instinctively dislikes Eve, feeling put out.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1950-11-09 : United States of America

DVD : 1999-10-05