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Ash Wednesday (1973)




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A woman undergoes a surgeon's scalpel in a last-ditch attempt to win back her husband in this drama. Barbara Sawyer (Elizabeth Taylor) has been married to her husband, Mark (Henry Fonda), for 30 years, and she's afraid the spark has gone out of their relationship. Barbara is convinced the problem is her appearance -- the years have taken a heavy toll on her, and her haggard, saggy appearance is a far cry from the beauty she possessed in her youth. Determined to save her marriage, Barbara checks into a clinic in Switzerland for extensive plastic surgery, and arranges to meet Mark at a nearby ski lodge once she's recovered. After having her face, breasts, and bottom lifted, Barbara leaves the hospital looking as beautiful as Elizabeth Taylor, and as she waits for Mark to arrive in Switzerland, she allows herself to be seduced by Erich (Helmut Berger), a handsome young playboy, to prove to herself she has regained her allure. However, her new face and figure isn't enough to save her marriage when Mark informs her he's decided to leave her for another woman. Ash Wednesday features detailed footage of actual plastic surgical procedures, some of which were far too bloody for the comfort of most audiences.

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Elizabeth Taylor
as Barbara Sawyer
Henry Fonda
as Mark Sawyer
Maurice Teynac
as Dr. Lambert
Maggie Blye
as Kate Sawyer
Andre Eszterhazy
as Comte D'Arnoud
Monique van Vooren
as German Woman
Henning Schlüter
as Bridge Player
Dino Mele
as Mario
Ilina Wassilchikoff
as Silvana Del Campo
Dina Sassoli
as Nurse Ilsa
Rodolfo Lodi
as Prince Von Essen
Andrea Esterhazy
as Comte D'Arnoud
Jill Pratt
as Simone
Raymond Vignale
as Gregory De Rive
Jose De Vega
as Tony Gutierrez
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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.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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This is not a male chauvinist's conception of a woman, but her hairdresser's, full of envy, awe and superficial compassion.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

July 21, 2015 | Full Review…

Another in the long string of mediocre films by Taylor.

March 24, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ash Wednesday

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

Sean Gillespie
Sean Gillespie

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