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The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)

The Madwoman of Chaillot




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Adapted from the play La Folle de Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux, Madwoman of Chaillot focuses on a plot to drill for oil in Paris. Countess Aurelia (Katharine Hepburn) uncovers the plan and decides to trap the perpetrators by announcing she has discovered oil herself.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Edward Anhalt, Jean Giraudoux
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 6, 1992


Katharine Hepburn
as Countess Aurelia
Yul Brynner
as The Chairman
Danny Kaye
as The Ragpicker
Charles Boyer
as The Broker
Claude Dauphin
as Dr. Jadin
Edith Evans
as Josephine, the Madwo...
John Gavin
as Reverend
Paul Henreid
as General
Oscar Homolka
as Commissar
Margaret Leighton
as Constance, the Madwo...
Giulietta Masina
as Gabrielle, the Madwo...
Donald Pleasence
as Prospector
Fernand Gravey
as Police sergeant
Gordon Heath
as Folksinger
Gerald Sim
as Julius
Gilles Ségal
as Deaf Mute
Joellina Smalda
as Prospector's girlfri...
Henri Virjoleux
as The Peddler
Harriett Ariel
as Flower girl
Catherine Berg
as Communist secretary
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Critic Reviews for The Madwoman of Chaillot

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Fascinating star-studded mess, but a mess all the same.

February 9, 2005
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A tremendously talky effort featuring a ton of stars. One of two films I tried to sit through, but couldn't.

October 25, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

July 23, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Madwoman of Chaillot


If you need to clean out a sewer you need to get your hands dirty.

Countess Aurelia is rich and has a loyal following. She resides in Paris and is disturbed by the corrupt and evil behavior that plagues her people. She stands up against evil in her own way using her power, money, and influence. Will she be able to bring down the corrupt and evil men that plague her country or will she be seen as senile by her own people?

"Say it before the song ends."

Bryan Forbes, director of Better Late than Never, King Rat, The Wrong Box, The Naked Face, The Stepford Wives (1975), The L-Shaped Room, and Séance on a Wet Afternoon, delivers The Manwoman of Chaillot. The storyline for this picture is very interesting and has some worthwhile characters and interactions. The acting is awesome and the cast includes Katherine Hepburn, Yul Brynner, Donald Pleasence, John Gavin, Edith Evans, and Paul Henreid.

"When you let someone go you never see them again."

I came across this on cable and had to DVR it since it starred Katherine Hepburn (I'm a fan of hers). This was a great character for Hepburn to play (especially at her age in this movie, she delivered this character perfectly). Overall, this isn't a classic masterpiece, but it is worth seeing once.

"I can assure you God is not a woman."

Grade: B-

Kevin Robbins

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