All about Eve

All about Eve

Joseph L Mankiewicz (1950)

132min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
"Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night!", and with the acerbic talents of multi-Oscar-winning writer/director Joseph L Mankiewicz and his magnificent cast - the superb Bette Davis (replacing, thankfully, an ailing Claudette Colbert), the acid-tongued George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Thelma Ritter, Marilyn Monroe - it certainly is. On its original release, this tale about rivalries in the theatre was criticised in some quarters for being over-wordy and relentlessly arch, though today's audiences tend to revel in its wit and cynicism. The dialogue is especially clever and the performances are first-rate. If the framing flashback structure seems a little contrived, or if Anne Baxter's Eve doesn't quite have the killer instinct required for the role, these are minor blemishes in a classic movie, whose qualities remind us that there once was a Hollywood where such sophisticated treats could be made.

Summary

An ageing stage star is flattered by the attention of an adoring fan, and decides to take the young woman under her wing as her personal assistant - unaware that her new protegee is really a ruthlessly ambitious, budding actor who will do all that it takes to steal the limelight. Oscar-winning drama, starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Thelma Ritter, Marilyn Monroe and Celeste Holm.

Cast & Crew

Margo Channing Bette Davis
Eve Harrington Anne Baxter
Addison DeWitt George Sanders
Karen Richards Celeste Holm
Bill Sampson Gary Merrill
Lloyd Richards Hugh Marlowe
Max Fabian Gregory Ratoff
Phoebe Barbara Bates
Miss Casswell Marilyn Monroe
Birdie Coonan Thelma Ritter
Director Joseph L Mankiewicz
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Park CircusAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 30 Nov 2007
Drama