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The Bell Jar (1979)

As the horrors beneath the idealized 1950's come about, a successful young woman finds herself having a serious mental breakdown when she returns to New England.

Director:

Larry Peerce

Writers:

Marjorie Kellogg, Sylvia Plath (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marilyn Hassett ... Esther Greenwood
Julie Harris ... Mrs. Greenwood
Anne Jackson ... Dr. Nolan
Barbara Barrie ... Jay Cee
Robert Klein ... Lenny
Donna Mitchell ... Joan
Mary Louise Weller ... Doreen
Jameson Parker ... Buddy Willard
Thaao Penghlis ... Marco
Scott McKay ... Mr. Gilling
Meg Mundy ... Bea Ramsey
Carole Monferdini ... Hilda
Debbie McLeod ... Betsy
Elizabeth Hubbard Elizabeth Hubbard ... Vikki St. John
Karen Howard Karen Howard ... Toni LaBouchere
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Storyline

Details a young woman's summer in New York working for a Mademoiselle-like magazine, return home to New England, and subsequent breakdown all amidst the horrors of the fifties, from news of the Rosenbergs' execution to sleazy disc jockeys and predatory college boys. Written by Remy <rholzer@ammi.org>

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Taglines:

Sometimes just being a woman is an act of courage.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1979 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Canção para Uma Louca See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Director Larry Peerce and star Marilyn Hassett were married at the time of production. See more »

Goofs

New York taxis, (unlike L.A. cabs) do not now nor did they ever have their telephone numbers on them. See more »

Quotes

Esther Greenwood: To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is the bad dream.
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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 16 minutes from this film for its 1983 network television premiere. See more »


Soundtracks

A Dream of Death
(poetry excerpt from)
written by William Butler Yeats
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Vastly disappointing
21 August 2000 | by filho_de_oxumSee all my reviews

I greatly enjoy the novel and the poetry of Sylvia Plath, but this movie does a great disservice to the book. I had seen the movie a number of years ago at the theater, and at this moment I am sort of half watching it on late night broadcast TV (which has done nothing to improve my opinion of the movie). The lead character comes across as whiny and irritating. The acting of the cast in general is pretty poor. It seems a shame that such a fine novel by such a complex and tragic author received the mediocre treatment given it by this film. Read the book!


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