Ash Wednesday (1973)




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In Ash Wednesday, Liz Taylor is an unhappy lady in her mid-50s who thinks a face and tummy lift will be the answer to her sagging marriage. So its off to Italy for the major surgery which she hopes will make her more appealing to her low-life husband (Henry Fonda). On her way home, the newly dazzling Taylor tries out her equipment on an interested gent (Helmut Berger) and feels she's ready for her main man. Unfortunately her hubby has already fallen for a younger lady.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Edward Burns, Jean-Claude Tramont
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 10, 1991
LionsGate Entertainment


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as Nurse Ilsa

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as John Coleman

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Critic Reviews for Ash Wednesday

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Taylor, fashionably gowned and bejewelled carries the film almost single-handedly. Fonda is excellent in his climatic appearance, an usually superb casting idea.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

In what is little more than a homage to Taylor's face, the film spends a good deal of time looking at her reflection in the mirror and endorsing her Martini ad lifestyle up to the hilt.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This is not a male chauvinist's conception of a woman, but her hairdresser's, full of envy, awe and superficial compassion.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

The whole movie, indeed, feels longer than it is. It's 15 minutes short of two hours, and still it takes forever to be over.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Ash Wednesday is a woman's film of a particularly bogus kind.

Full Review… | July 21, 2015
The Spectator

Another in the long string of mediocre films by Taylor.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Ash Wednesday

WRONG MOVIE POSTER! This is an Edward Burns movie. Pretty good too.

Sean Gillespie

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