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Searching for Debra Winger (2002)

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Rosanna Arquette talks to various actresses about the pressures they face as women working in the entertainment industry.

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Rosanna Arquette

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Rosanna Arquette (experiencer)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Patricia Arquette ... Herself
Rosanna Arquette ... Herself
Emmanuelle Béart ... Herself
Katrin Cartlidge ... Herself
Laura Dern ... Herself
Roger Ebert ... Himself
Jane Fonda ... Herself
Teri Garr ... Herself
Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself
Melanie Griffith ... Herself
Daryl Hannah ... Herself
Salma Hayek ... Herself
Holly Hunter ... Herself
Diane Lane ... Herself
Kelly Lynch ... Herself
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Storyline

Rosanna Arquette informally interviews several contrasting actresses about how they cope with being a woman in the entertainment industry. The chauvenism of male crew is discussed, the pretentiousness / stereotyping of female characters in American film now. Interviews include those with Alley Sheedy, Martha Plimpton, Debra Winger, Emmanual Beart, and Rosanna's sister, Patricia Arquette -among others. Although a documentary this film seems affected, Arquette never has an argument, never says anything bad about another actress, in fact, complimenting just about everyone of them as being her favourite actress. Written by kerryn wedgwood

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Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buscando a Debra Winger See more »

Filming Locations:

Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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$600,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Screened as one of "out-of-competition" films at the Cannes Film Festival, May 2002. Director Rosanna Arquette says she made the documentary when she was struck by the fact that Debra Winger, who earned three Oscar nominations, had left the profession in her 30s. See more »

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Ally Sheedy: Or even if you have to walk in, in a tight fitting shirt and look sexy. You know what I mean? It's like that's what you're about in that scene, that stays with you for the whole day and it goes on and on and on. And then people say 'why are there so many 13 year olds that are bulimic?' Hello.
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Instead of saying a Rosanna Arquette film, it says a Rosanna Arquette Experience and instead of saying Directed by, it says Experienced by Rosanna Arquette. See more »

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References Tales from the Crypt (1989) See more »

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Mercedes
Written by Joseph Arthur (as Joseph Lyburn Arthur)
Used with kind permission of Real World Music and Lipservices Music Publishing
Performed by Joseph Arthur
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Interesting, but these women are insulated from real life
21 August 2005 | by leanne-eliasSee all my reviews

I applaud Rosanna Arquestte for approaching these topics and find it interesting to see these actresses as themselves. However, I find myself shaking my head at most of their responses to balancing their careers and motherhood. It is like they have never heard this discussion before, and that they are unique in finding themselves facing this problem. Many woman - and many men who are primary caregivers - are faced with this agonizing dilemma. It is extremely difficult to be both a mother and be passionate about your chosen career. The big difference between these actresses and most women is that most of us can't afford qualified help (such as a nanny) to help ease the burden.

A far more interesting question, which arose out of the interviews, was asking why there are so few roles for women over 40, and why women in Hollywood need to be attractive but men do not.


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