3 Women

Synopsis: Pinky is an awkward adolescent who starts work at a spa in the California desert. She becomes overly attached to fellow spa attendant, Millie when she becomes Millie's room-mate. Millie is a lonely outcast who desperately tries to win attention with constant up-beat chatter. They hang out at a bar owned by a strange pregnant artist and her has-been cowboy husband. After two emotional crises, the three women steal and trade personalities until they settle into a new family unit that seems to give each woman what she was searching for.
Director(s): Robert Altman
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min

[Chattering, Indistinct]

[Chattering Continues]


- Legs need exercise. Yeah.

- Yeah.


Huh? Come on over here.

Let's sit with Mr. Hollingworth.

This is our indoor therapy pool. You'll probably

be doing most of your work in here.

None of our patients

can really stand the sun. Millie.

Yes, Miss Bunweill?

- This is Pinky Rose. She'll be starting with us today.

- Hi.

- Hi.

- I want you to get her a suit and a locker...

and show her the routine

the way you did with Alcira.

Okay, but I got Mr. Shaw

for after lunch.

Peggy can take over for you.

Millie's one of our best girls.

- She'll show you how simple it really is.

- Okay.

Okay, after lunch.

- What'll I do till then?

- You can have lunch in the caf...

and meet Millie

in the locker room afterwards.

I wanna see you

before you leave tonight.

Ten more and you're finished.


Just keep 'em movin'.

- You could do some of these, too, Mr. Hollingworth, you know?

- I've done 'em.

- [Bunweill] No, it doesn't.

- [Man] It's $ 100 a day.

- No, it's $50 a day.

- Since when?

[Millie] I'm savin'for one of those

new microwave ovens I've been readin'about.

You can cook a hot dog

in three minutes.

I like mine burned crisp, and you can

set it to burn food just like ya like it.

I've already got 43 and a half

books saved up.

- Hi.

- Hi.


I think I'll have the...

chicken-fried steak with gravy.

You know the Breck girl?

Well, they're havin' a contest to find a new one...

and I'm gonna send

my best picture in.

Hi. I'm Pinky.

Remember me? At lunch?

That wasn't me.

- I thought you had the day off.

- I did.

Old Big-Buns called me in

to work for her.

Mmm, sorry.

I gotta break in a new girl.

- Hi.

- Hi.

I don't know why she picks me.

There's nothin'to teach.

[Woman #1]

That's probably why.

- [Millie] Do you guys know how to play Scrabble?

- [Woman #2] No.

It's a real good game.

You can learn a lot of new words.

My roommate's got this boyfriend

who's really good at it.

[Woman #1]

What's that supposed to mean?

He knows some words

I've never even heard of before.

- Well, they say they want a receptionist.

- "Orator."

- It's in the dictionary, all right.

- Two of'em or one?

- Two.

- I think it's some kind of, oh, professional talker or something.

- [Woman #2] That's where I could've worked.

- [Woman #1] You're too short.

But the most unusual one

was "zebus."

- You know what zebus are?

- Mm-mmm. - No.

- The humps on a camel's back.

- Ohh.

I didn't like the guy that I was with

too much, though.

All he wanted to do

was make up dirty words.

We weren't gonna play

that way.

- You know what we had for dinner?

- What'd you have?

Tuna casserole.

I cooked it.

- [Woman #1] Was it any good?

- Yeah.

I got this whole book of recipes that I'm keepin'.

And I list 'em by how long they take to make.

You know, if you only have 20 minutes,

you just look under 20 minutes...

and it tells ya all the kind of things

that you can make in that amount of time.

[Woman #1]

That makes sense.

It's real good.

It's really not a book,

but a kind of file with times marked on it.

You don't say.

- Pretty good.

- Uh-huh. Couldn't improve it

Oh, um

Polly, this is Pinky.

Pinky, that's Polly.

- Hi, Millie.

- Hi.

- It is Pinky, isn't it?

- Yeah.

- Okay, let's go get you a suit that fits.

- Okay.

You ever worked

in these kind of places before?

No. This is my first job

in California.

They're not very big

with the salaries here. Oof.

- You're a little like me, aren't ya?

- Yeah.

This looks like

it's about as best as we can do.

- Why don't you put this on? I'll wait for you outside.

- Okay.

After you've checked the list in the morning,

you'll know who you're supposed to have.

There'll be a time

written right by each name.

You'll meet 'em here

and they'll give you their cards.

Okay, suppose you got Mr. Shaw and it says,

on his card, uh, "Mineral pool and rest."

Well, you get him

to enter the water right away.

Ten minutes is the max, though,

like it says on that wall.

Then you get him out,

wrap him up and put him on a chaise lounge...

and he's gotta stay there for at least 20 minutes

before he can go back in.

Now, you're gonna

play the patient...

and I'm gonna take ya in.

First we gotta take off

our robes and our shoes.


Okay. Robe. Take off our shoes.

Okay, now,

what's wrong with ya?

- Nothin'?

- Well, there's gotta be somethin'wrong with ya.

- My bathing suit's too big?

- No.

I mean, why else would you be here if it weren't

somethin' like your legs or your arms or

There's gotta be

somethin'wrong with ya.

Oh, my back!

Oh, my back.

- And my leg. My leg. My leg hurts.

- Okay, your back and your legs.

- This is for people with bad backs and legs.

- [Groaning] Thank you.

- Now, you're gonna have to take it real slow and easy now.

- Okay. [Groans]

- We don't want you to get hurt.

- Okay.

- Just be careful 'cause it's real slippery.

- Okay.

- [Groaning]

- Just take it easy.

- Okay.

- Doesn't that feel good?


- Oh, it's hot.

- Come on back up.

It's 106.

You know, my grandmother had

a bad back and leg, too.

- She did?

- Yeah.

Okay, now, do you wanna stoop

and get all the way in?

I don't know.

Am I supposed to?

- Not you. That's what you're supposed to ask them.

- Oh.

- You have to kind of humor 'em.

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Robert Altman

Robert Bernard Altman (February 20, 1925 – November 20, 2006) was an American film director, screenwriter, and film producer. A five-time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director and an enduring figure from the New Hollywood era, Altman was considered a "maverick" in making films with a highly naturalistic but stylized and satirical aesthetic, unlike most Hollywood films. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers in American cinema. more…

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