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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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

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 »

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Version of The Bell Jar See more »

Soundtracks

Mad Girl's Love Song
(poetry excerpts from)
written by Sylvia Plath
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Disappointing at best
8 May 1999 | by Adrian-32See all my reviews

When they say that a book is always better than the film adaptation, "The Bell Jar" is a movie that can support that opinion to its highest degree. Sylvia Plath`s American classic, "The Bell Jar", is a vivid, disturbing and brutally honest depiction of a young woman`s plunge towards insanity in the 1950`s, and it has become my favourite book of all time. The film version, however, failed miserably in trying to tranfer the book onto the big screen. The original story was cut up so badly for the film, you sometimes can`t even tell if they`re the same story. The acting by the main character`s was mediocre at best, and worst of all, the movie completely lacked the poetic and evocative spirit that made the book special. Watching "The Bell Jar" just isn`t the same as reading the book, trust me when I say the book is much better.


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