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A Letter to Three Wives [DVD]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Of three suburban couples suffering marital difficulties, one finds itself unexpectedly splitting when Addie Ross (Celeste Holm) runs off with one of the husbands while the wives are away on a trip--but which husband? Addie's note to the wives doesn't say. Entangled in suspense as to who has flown the coop, the three wives reflect on their marriages and the stresses within them: one wife met her upper-crust hubby while in the service and fears that she doesn't belong in his social class; another is a radio soap opera writer whose career is interfering with her marriage to a university professor; and the last is a gold digger from the wrong side of the tracks, in a turbulent marriage to a coarse businessman. Sympathetic insights into the strains and insecurities inherent in every marriage bear the genuine touch of director and screenwriter Joseph L. Mankiewicz, whose renditions of complex relationships also shine in his other movies, including ALL ABOUT EVE. Kirk Douglas, Thelma Ritter, Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, and Ann Sothern star in this film that won Best Screenplay and Best Director Oscars for Mankiewicz.

    Academy Awards Best Director 1949 Joseph L. Mankiewicz American director
    Academy Awards Best Original Screenplay 1949 Joseph L. Mankiewicz American director

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2223139

  • Credits
    Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern, Harriette Lake, Hariete Lake, Kirk Douglas, Issur Danielovitch, Isadore Demsky, Paul Douglas, Thelma Ritter, Celeste Holm, Barbara Lawrence
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[The] dialogue and performances are all A-list..."
    USA Today

    "[With a] mix of clever observation and caustic humour."
    Sight and Sound

    "Joseph L. Mankiewicz won a pair of Oscars for writing as well as directing this satirical comedy..."
    Wall Street Journal

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