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5.7
/10
43 Ratings

The Group

Directed by Sidney Lumet
United States, 1966
Drama

Synopsis

The film documents the years between their graduation and the beginning of the World War in Europe, and shows, in a serialized style, their romances and marriages, their searches for careers or meaning in their lives, their highs and their lows.

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The Group Directed by Sidney Lumet

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

1967 | Nominee: Best Foreign Actress

Golden Globes (USA)

1967 | Nominee: Most Promising Newcomer - Female

Critics reviews

Lumet interweaves vignettes crudely, yet through McCarthy’s sexual frankness and the actresses’ emotional honesty (especially Shirley Knight’s Polly, Joan Hackett’s Dottie, and Joanna Pettet’s Kay), The Group exposes the fakery of women’s pictures today.
March 20, 2019
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Lumet does his usual tremendous job, whipping the plot along with fast cuts and college songs on the soundtrack, but can’t quite disguise the basic soapiness of the material. Half-buried themes are there, from fear of sex (two of the seven are essentially frigid) to the girls’ gradual alienation from the bien-pensant socialism of their college years (it kicks off in the 1930s)…
April 01, 2013
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As a movie The Group has its moments, mainly when it is playing away from the considerable talent of Mary McCarthy as an interior decorator and desecrator. The author has a wicked flair for walking into your apartment and linking the tacky wallpaper to your talky politics… Unfortunately, the joke tends to be lost on the screen, where the settings are so given that not even Mary McCarthy can take them away.
May 12, 1966
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