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3 Women (1977)



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Robert Altman's Three Women takes a surreal, improvisational and rather eerie look at the lives of three women in a western desert town. The plot centers around the youngest of the women, Pinky (Sissy Spacek), an eccentric, withdrawn woman trying to begin a new life. She finds work as an attendant at a hot springs spa catering to the elderly and infirm. There she befriends her co-worker Millie (Shelley Duvall), an equally strange but more outgoing woman; the two bond, and are soon sharing an … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama , Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Altman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 20, 2004
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as Millie Lammoreaux

as Pinky Rose

as Willie Hart

as Edgar Hart

as Mrs. Rose

as Mr. Rose

as Mr. Bunweill

as Dr. Norton
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Critic Reviews for 3 Women

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (8)

Throughout, Duvall is brilliant: she coins a brand-new caricature of the confident yet clueless single female, then suggests a real person underneath.

Full Review… | December 15, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Like a dream, it is most mysterious and allusive when it appears to be most precise and direct, when its images are of the recognizable world unretouched (as happens in the film from time to time) by camera filters or lab technicians.

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

I have seen it many times, been through it twice in shot-by-shot analysis, and yet it always seems to be happening as I watch it. Recurring dreams are like that.

Full Review… | March 5, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A spectacular artistic success.

June 4, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A gauzy, perfectly executed vacation in Doppelgänger-burg.

Full Review… | June 25, 2002
Village Voice
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Robert Altman's would-be American art film (1977) is murky, snide, and sloppy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for 3 Women


2nd time watching this, still can't claim to understand the ending, but wow, such a good movie. Really enjoyed the relationship between these two women. The third in the end is too seldom in the movie to have any real impact.
I also lean towards the theory that Millie and Pinkie are the same person, but hard to say.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Wide-eyed Pinky (Sissy Spacek) latches onto delusional Millie (Shelly Duval) until an accident causes a radical personality shift. Fascinating, subtly unnerving psychological mystery that provides a bridge between PERSONA (1966) and LOST HIGHWAY (1997).

Greg S

Super Reviewer


'She tries not to shatter, kaleidoscope style
Personality changes behind her red smile
Every new problem brings a stranger inside
Heplessly forcing one more new disguise.'

Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

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