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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Critic Reviews for All About Eve

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  • 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…

Audience Reviews for All About Eve


This sophisticated tale of ambition, glamour and backstabbing in Hollywood and show business is superbly directed by Mankievicz, with a delicious sense of humor, a terrific ensemble cast and an altogether memorable dialogue from beginning to end.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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The script is spectacular. And there's just so much acting to appreciate in this film, especially Bette Davis's snarky, proud, self-indulgent and insecure diva who gradually coaxes forth a full-on tempestuous storm, a "hysterical screaming harpy". This was my first introduction to Ms Davis, and though I'd never want to cross swords with her, I want more. I loved her and Merrill, they were romantically adorable! Bonus: a resplendent, bright-eyed Marilyn Monroe with a naughty smile as she shimmies out of her white fur coat to go sweet-talk a producer.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

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Brilliant! A classic film; absolutely fantastic. All About Eve is a film about a young woman named Eve (Baxter) who aligns herself into the life of aging actress Margo Channing (Davis) and ultimately schemes herself into the theatre spotlight. I really liked it! The screenplay is one of the best of all time, perfect in every way. It has sort of a unique and modern flair to it, making All About Eve memorable and timeless. The performances were wonderful, also, especially Betty Davis. All About Eve garnered a total of 5 Oscar nominations for the cast; after viewing the film it's clear why. Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, and Hugh Marlowe all give great performances. This was also my first Marilyn Monroe film; she has a minor role. Nominated for an astounding 14 Academy Awards and winner of 6 including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, All About Eve is a classic piece of cinema that is a must-see. I cannot recommend this film enough.

Jameson Worley
Jameson Worley

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Once again, someone decided to take a typical "backstage backstabbing drama" type story and turn it into a prestige picture. The film follows an aspiring actress named Eve Harrington who worships fading and aging stage goddess Margo Channing and finds herself going from rags to riches when Margo befriends her and helps her turn her life around. Thigns start going well enough until Eve begins to scheme about taking over the top spot, willing to do about anything to get there. This basic plot was nothing new, even by 1950. This retelling is doen pretty well though, with some excellent performances and decent writing. What boggles my mind about it though is that I just cannot comprehend why this is such a highly lauded film. It's good, but there's nothing about it overall that makes it truly great. I don't think the performances are enough, though they do account for a lot of it. There's perhaps some insights into show biz that this film introduced to the world, but, given its age, it's hard to really be surprised by much of it. Sure, there's some really good lines, but a lot of them have been used so much in reference to this film that seeing them in context kinda makes it all very underwhelming. I didn't hate this movie, and appreciated that it didn't go into over the top soap operaish melodrama territory, but at 138 minutes, it could have actually used something like that to liven up a production that is quite understated for the most part. All in all, this isn't a classic, but it is an enjoyable drama for what it is, and seeing Bette Davis deliver one of her best performances is a real treat.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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