The Women (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Women (2008)
  • Rate: 4.8/10 total 9,884 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 12 September 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 114 min
  • Filming Location: Bosse Sports – 141 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, Massachusetts, USA
  • Budget: $16,500,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $48,744,911(Worldwide)(8 March 2009)
  • Director: Diane English
  • Stars: Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes and Annette Bening
  • Original Music By: Mark Isham   
  • Soundtrack: Highway 14
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Divorce | New York | Beauty Salon | Fashion | Fashion Show

Writing Credits By:

  • Diane English (screenplay)
  • Clare Boothe Luce (play)
  • Anita Loos (1939 screenplay) and
  • Jane Murfin (1939 screenplay)

Known Trivia

  • Before development was put on hold in 2006, Annette Bening and Uma Thurman were rumored to have been considered for the roles of Mary Haines and Crystal Allen respectively. Also Lisa Kudrow and Anne Hathaway were in talks for the roles of Mirian Aarons and Peggy Day, but the roles were cut out of the final script.
  • In the late 1970’s a remake of the 1939 classic was proposed to star Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand, and Faye Dunaway, but it was not made.
  • For scenes that were planned on being shot in the Boston Public Library, it was suggested that all portraits of men,and all busts of men were replaced with those of women. However, this scene was never shot.
  • Like the 1939 version, the film has an all-female cast.
  • Edie’s (Debra Messing) daughters are called January, April, May and June. The last three are the names of Daisy Duck’s nieces (counterparts to Donald Duck’s nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie).
  • Candice Bergen previously played Meg Ryan’s mother in Rich and Famous.
  • In The Women the only scene in color was the fashion show sequence. In this version the fashion show begins with all-black and white clothes, and the scene before it takes place in a black-and-white room.
  • Tanya the manicurist (Debi Mazar) talks about meeting Madonna. Mazar and Madonna are long-time friends; Mazar appeared in four Madonna music videos: “True Blue” and “Papa Don’t Preach” (1986), “Deeper and Deeper” (1992) and “Music” (2000).
  • The painting in the restaurant scene features Courtney Love and Anna Nicole Smith.
  • “The Women’s” screenwriter Anita Loos who wrote this film’s original 1939 screenplay, started her writing career in 1912 with her first full film screenplay The Musketeers of Pig Alley starring Lillian Gish for the American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. which is still in existence today. After writing many scripts for Biograph, Loos went on to write such other films such as Saratoga, Another Thin Man, San Francisco, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Goofs: Continuity: After Mary and Steven fight about the affair for the first time and she goes to the kitchen to Maggie and Uta, she sits at the table and eats butter with sugar and chocolate. When Mary is on camera the pot of sugar is open and a glass of milk is on the right. Then when Maggie sits down and the camera shoots from behind Mary the sugar is closed and the milk is on the left. It shifts and back and forth as the camera shoots Mary and then Maggie.

Plot: A wealthy New Yorker leaves her cheating husband and bonds with other society women at a resort. Full summary »  »

Story: Based on a very clever comedy by Claire Booth, wife of Time Publisher Henry Luce and later Ambassador to Italy. One of the surprises was an all-woman cast, novel in the 1930's. And although there were no men in the cast, most of the dialog was about them. The story is rather thin and depended on the fact that divorce, in the 1930's, was not only difficult but almost impossible in New York. Mrs. Stephen Haynes learns that her husband is seeing a salesgirl at Saks, and reluctantly divorces him, abetted by her friends, all of whom have romantic problems of their own. In the 1930's New York women who could afford it went to Nevada, where residency could be established quickly and divorce was relatively easy. The 1939 film, starring Norma Shearer, Paulette Goddard, Rosalind Russell, and Joan Crawford, was a hit. This one, with an even better looking cast, is definitely not, largely because someone tried to move a 1930's situation comedy into the present.Written by jojo.acapulco  

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Synopsis: The central character is clothing designer Mary Haines, who lives in a beautiful country home with her wealthy financier husband and their 11-year-old daughter. Her best friend Sylvie Fowler is the Editor of a prominent fashion magazine, a woman who dictates the latest in taste and style for New York City fashionistas. When Mary’s husband becomes involved with Crystal Allen, a perfume salesgirl in Saks Fifth Avenue, her friendship with Sylvie is put to the test. Everyone in their close-knit circle of friends, including the ever-pregnant Edie Cohen and author Alex Fisher, begins to question their loyalty to each other and their romantic involvements.

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Produced By:

  • Jeff Abberley known as executive producer
  • Bob Berney known as executive producer
  • Julia Blackman known as executive producer
  • Carolyn Blackwood known as executive producer (as Carolyn Blackwood)
  • Diane English known as producer
  • Mick Jagger known as producer
  • Bill Johnson known as producer
  • Taline Khojikian known as associate producer
  • Mark Mascolo known as associate producer
  • Victoria Pearman known as producer
  • Jim Seibel known as executive producer
  • Bobby Sheng known as executive producer
  • Joel Shukovsky known as executive producer
  • James W. Skotchdopole known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Meg Ryan known as Mary Haines
  • Annette Bening known as Sylvie Fowler
  • Eva Mendes known as Crystal Allen
  • Debra Messing known as Edie Cohen
  • Jada Pinkett Smith known as Alex Fisher
  • Bette Midler known as Leah Miller
  • Candice Bergen known as Catherine Frazier
  • Carrie Fisher known as Bailey Smith
  • Cloris Leachman known as Maggie
  • Debi Mazar known as Tanya
  • India Ennenga known as Molly Haines
  • Jill Flint known as Annie
  • Ana Gasteyer known as Pat
  • Joanna Gleason known as Barbara
  • Tilly Scott Pedersen known as Uta
  • Lynn Whitfield known as Glenda Hill
  • Natasha Alam known as Natasha
  • Emily Seymour known as April Cohen
  • Allison Seymour known as April Cohen
  • Lauren Lefebvre known as May Cohen
  • Lindsay Lefebvre known as May Cohen
  • Isabella Panteledes known as June Cohen
  • Olivia Panteledes known as June Cohen
  • Madaleine Black known as January Cohen
  • Meredith Black known as January Cohen
  • Jana Robbins known as Lingerie Sales Woman
  • Maya Ri Sanchez known as Dora
  • Ruby Hondros known as Jimmy Choo Wearer
  • NiCole Robinson known as Make Over Lady
  • Danielle Perry known as Salon Assistant
  • Lindsay Flathers known as Taylor
  • Christy Scott Cashman known as Jean
  • Celeste Oliva known as Gilda (as Celeste Olivia)
  • Denece Ryland known as Cory
  • Allyssa Maurice known as Sweet Woman
  • Jordan Schechter known as Ashley
  • Marina Re known as Helene
  • Stephanie Clayman known as Admissions Nurse
  • Maria Elena Ramirez known as OB-GYN
  • Pamela Lambert known as Scrub Nurse
  • Ellen Withrow known as Nurse at Recovery Hotel
  • Celia Allen known as Cosmetics Saleswoman on Telephone (uncredited)
  • Ellen Becker-Gray known as Upscale New York City Shopper (uncredited)
  • Desiree April Connolly known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Shelly NunChucks Finnegan known as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Jennifer Gjulameti known as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Una Green known as Fashion Buyer (uncredited)
  • Barbara Guertin known as Society Lady (uncredited)
  • Kimmie Johnson known as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Roxanne Nichols known as Fashion Assistant (uncredited)
  • Luz Alexandra Ramos known as Carmen (uncredited)
  • Alicia Seymour known as Valet (uncredited)
  • Vyvian B. Stevens known as Pedestrian – upscale luncheon (uncredited)
  • Stream known as NY Jogger / Shopper (uncredited)
  • Ruth Sullivan known as Yoga Instructor (uncredited)

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  • Cydney Cornell known as hair designer: Annette Bening and Eva Mendes
  • Jonathan Hanousek known as hair stylist: Meg Ryan
  • Julie Hewett known as makeup artist: Annette Bening
  • Julie Hewett known as makeup department head
  • Melanie Hughes known as key makeup artist (as Melanie Hughes Weaver)
  • Araxi Lindsey known as hair stylist: Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Frances Mathias known as hair department head
  • Kelley Mitchell known as assistant makeup artist
  • Elaine L. Offers known as makeup artist: Meg Ryan & Eva Mendes (as Elaine Offers)
  • Roxanne Wightman known as key hair stylist

Art Department:

  • David H. Allen known as property master
  • Anthony Ambrosino known as set dresser
  • Thomas Andrews known as set dresser
  • Stephanie Armstrong known as props
  • Kristopher Avedisian known as set dresser
  • Audra Avery known as props
  • Adam D. Bouchard known as set dresser
  • Aimee Butterfield known as set dresser
  • Ralph Contrado known as on-set scenic
  • Brandon Cook known as set dresser
  • Kaem Coughlin known as scenic artist
  • Peter DeCurtis known as leadman
  • Nicholas Delmenico known as set dresser
  • Keri Dillard Ambrosino known as set dresser (as Keri Dillard)
  • Jennifer Engel known as assistant property master
  • Emily Gaunt known as scenic charge
  • Derrick Kardos known as graphic designer
  • Wayne Kimball known as set dresser
  • Hannah King known as scenic artist
  • Vanessa Knoll known as buyer
  • Dave Major known as additional on-set dresser
  • Luke Malloy known as set dresser
  • Michele Mayas known as camera scenic
  • Brian McKenzie known as set dresser
  • John F. O'Neil known as on-set dresser
  • Colby E. Peterson known as construction production assistant
  • Christopher Plummer known as art department production assistant
  • John Ryder known as set dresser
  • Christopher Sawtelle known as set dresser
  • Lisa Shaftel known as set dresser
  • Robert Smedley known as construction gang boss
  • Cleo Wang known as set dresser
  • Mimi Watstein known as set dresser
  • Ryan Webb known as assistant property master
  • Joan Winters known as graphic design
  • Andréa Ciraldo known as set dresser (uncredited)

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Production Companies:

  • Picturehouse Entertainment (presents) (as Picturehouse)
  • Scion Films (in association with)
  • Inferno Distribution (in association with) (as Inferno)
  • Jagged Films
  • New Line Cinema
  • Shukovsky English Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • .1 Studios  music recording and mixing (as .1 Studios Santa Barbara)
  • David Haddad  transportation equipment
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound post-production
  • EFilm  digital intermediate
  • Falco Ink.  publicity
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Global Entertainment Partners  Avids
  • Grand Army Entertainment  financial consultant
  • Haddad's  transportation equipment
  • High Output  camera dollies (as High Output-Boston)
  • High Output  grip and lighting equipment
  • Kallista Marketing & PR  international publicity
  • Kaye Lites  grip and lighting equipment
  • Lanoue Film Arts  artwork
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
  • Movie Mobile  camera cranes
  • Panavision  camera equipment
  • RSIG Security  set security
  • Right Lobe Design Group  graphic sequences
  • Right Lobe Design Group  titles
  • Sonic Magic  adr recorded at (as Sonic Magic Studios)
  • Sonic Magic  sound post-production (as Sonic Magic Studios)
  • Square Tite Entertainment & Marketing  hair stylist
  • Square Tite Entertainment & Marketing  special thanks
  • Sublime Sound  post-production sound services
  • Tomkats Catering  catering
  • Universal Music  soundtrack
  • Verve Records  soundtrack

Distributors:

  • Picturehouse Entertainment (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Alliance Films (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Belga Films (2009) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Bontonfilm (2008) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • CDI Films (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Constantin Film (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Double Edge Entertainment (2008) (Taiwan) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment Film Distributors (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Hollywood Entertainment (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Independent Films (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Innoform Media (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Italian International Film (2008) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Mirovision (2008) (South Korea) (theatrical)
  • Monopole-Pathé (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Nordisk Film Theatrical Distribution (2008) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • On Pictures (2008) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • TFM Distribution (2009) (France) (theatrical)
  • Viva International Pictures (2008) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Belga Home Vidéo (2010) (Belgium) (DVD)
  • Califórnia Home Vídeo (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)
  • Central Partnership (2008) (Russia) (all media)
  • Divisa Home Video (2009) (Spain) (DVD)
  • Entertainment in Video (2009) (UK) (DVD)
  • Entertainment in Video (2009) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Film1 (2009) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Highlight Film (2009) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • New Line Home Video (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Panorama Distributions (2010) (Hong Kong) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Special Effects:

  • Custom Film Effects (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Jamie Baxter known as digital compositor
  • Ryan Beadle known as digital I/O
  • Patrick Clancey known as digital opticals
  • Samuel M. Dabbs known as lead title designer
  • Mark Dornfeld known as visual effects supervisor
  • Michele Ferrone known as visual effects producer
  • Adam Gass known as digital editorial
  • Sarah Grieshammer known as digital compositor
  • Shaina Holmes known as digital compositor
  • Paulina Kuszta known as visual effects coordinator
  • Evelyn Lee known as digital artist
  • Amani Williams known as digital compositor
  • Thomas Mathai known as data manager (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 4 September 2008 (Westwood, California) (premiere)
  • Canada 12 September 2008
  • Ireland 12 September 2008
  • Romania 12 September 2008
  • Turkey 12 September 2008
  • UK 12 September 2008
  • USA 12 September 2008
  • Puerto Rico 2 October 2008
  • South Korea 9 October 2008
  • Poland 10 October 2008
  • Iceland 17 October 2008
  • Italy 17 October 2008
  • Spain 17 October 2008
  • Australia 23 October 2008
  • Argentina 30 October 2008
  • Egypt 5 November 2008
  • Czech Republic 6 November 2008
  • Hong Kong 6 November 2008
  • Philippines 12 November 2008
  • Israel 13 November 2008
  • Greece 20 November 2008
  • Netherlands 27 November 2008
  • Mexico 28 November 2008
  • Taiwan 28 November 2008
  • Russia 4 December 2008
  • Germany 11 December 2008
  • Hungary 11 December 2008
  • Portugal 11 December 2008
  • Switzerland 11 December 2008 (German speaking region)
  • Austria 12 December 2008
  • Norway 12 December 2008
  • Finland 26 December 2008
  • Singapore 8 January 2009
  • Estonia 16 January 2009
  • Belgium 28 January 2009
  • New Zealand 12 March 2009
  • Peru 19 March 2009
  • Panama 29 May 2009
  • France 3 June 2009
  • Switzerland 3 June 2009 (French speaking region)
  • Uruguay 5 June 2009
  • Japan 6 August 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 2 September 2011 (TV premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sex-related material, language, some drug use and brief smoking

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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