All About Eve

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Smart, sophisticated, and devastatingly funny, All About Eve is a Hollywood classic that only improves with age.



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Based on the story The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr, All About Eve is an elegantly bitchy backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway mega-star Margo Channing (Bette Davis), weaving a melancholy life story to Margo and her friends. Taking pity on the girl, Margo takes Eve as her personal assistant. Before long, it becomes apparent that naïve Eve is a Machiavellian conniver who cold-bloodedly uses Margo, her director Bill Sampson (Gary Merill), Lloyd's wife Karen (Celeste Holm), and waspish critic Addison De Witt (George Sanders) to rise to the top of the theatrical heap. Also appearing in All About Eve is Marilyn Monroe, introduced by Addison De Witt as "a graduate of the Copacabana school of dramatic art." This is but one of the hundreds of unforgettable lines penned by writer/director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the most famous of which is Margo Channing's lip-sneering admonition, "Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night." All About Eve received 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Bette Davis
as Margo Channing
Anne Baxter
as Eve Harrington
Gary Merrill
as Bill Sampson
George Sanders
as Addison De Witt
Celeste Holm
as Karen Richards
Hugh Marlowe
as Lloyd Richards
Thelma Ritter
as Birdie Coonan
Marilyn Monroe
as Miss Casswell
Gregory Ratoff
as Max Fabian
Walter Hampden
as Aged Actor
Craig Hill
as Leading Man
Barbara White
as Autograph Seeker
Eddie Fisher
as Stage Manager
Eugene Borden
as Frenchman
Helen Mowery
as Reporter
Steven Geray
as Captain of Waiters
Bess Flowers
as Well-Wisher
Ed Fisher
as Stage Manager
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All Critics (66) | Top Critics (19)

  • All About Eve ranks among the smartest comedy-dramas in many, many years.

    Feb 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It is similar to a good many films that have gone before it, but Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who wrote and directed the picture, has been so ingenious in his treatment of the subject that he has come up with a thoroughly entertaining movie.

    Sep 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • All About Eve is not only a brilliant and clever portrait of an actress, it is a downright funny film, from its opening scene to the final fadeout.

    Feb 22, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Joseph L Mankiewicz's film dissects the narcissism and hypocrisy of the spotlight as sharply as [Billy Wilder's Sunset Blvd], but pays equal attention to the challenges of enacting womanhood.

    Feb 22, 2015 | Rating: 5/5

    Ben Walters

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Joseph Mankiewicz was Hollywood's midcentury master of comic drama, and All About Eve, from 1950, was one of his signal achievements.

    Feb 25, 2014 | Full Review…
  • What makes the picture seem so good (what makes it eminently worth seeing) is the satirical touches in its detail and the performance of Bette Davis.

    Jan 23, 2013 | Full Review…

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