An Unmarried Woman

Synopsis: Erica is unmarried only temporarily in that her successful, wealthy husband of seventeen years has just left her for a girl he met while buying a shirt in Bloomingdale's. The film shows Erica coming to terms with the break-up while revising her opinions of herself, redefining that self in its own right rather than as an extension of somebody else's personality, and finally going out with another man. Erica refuses to drop everything for Saul, an abstract expressionist painter, simply out of love for him because he expects her to. It is not so much loneliness that is her problem, and the problems that men, flitting around this newly "available" woman like moths round a flame, bring to her sense of independence.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Paul Mazursky
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 14 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.2
Rotten Tomatoes:
89%
R
Year:
1978
124 min
136 Views

Jesus Christ! Look at this.

My sneaker's ruined!

- They're only $35.

- F*cking city's turned into

one big pile of dog shit!

Come on out and take a crap on me!

Everybody else is! F*ck.

- Give it back to the poodles.

- What's the point of jogging

for two and a half miles?

Giving yourself lung cancer.

Tell you somethin', Erica.

The longer I'm married to you...

the more you sound like my mother.

Clean your own sneaker.

- You wanted me to step in it.

- You're going crazy, Martin.

- Yeah?

- Yes.

Why would I want you to step in dog shit?

Well, that's a good question.

- Oh, God.

- Oh, I'm sorry.

I'm not your mother.

- You know.

- Yeah.

Listen, do you think we got time

for a little quickie?

I got about 11 minutes.

Hey, come on!

Gimme a break here.

I'm gettin' frostbite.

Jesus, I got to quit smoking.

- I saw Jacobs on Tuesday. Did I tell you?

- Uh-uh.

Yeah, I went in

for my annual physical.

How are you?

Fine.

You sound surprised.

Well, you know,

I go up there for the damn thing...

and my blood pressure goes up 20 points

from the anxiety of having to take the exam.

- What are you doing today?

- Working at the gallery.

Oh, yeah.

Goin'to school.

- Hi.

- Hi.

- Hi, sweetie.

- Hi.

Hmm.

Did the earth move?

Bye.

I'm telling you,

we expose that kid to too much.

- Well, we still lock the door.

- Yeah, yeah, yeah.

- Have a good time. See you tonight.

- Mm-hmm.

"Tonight, the ballet worid

was introduced...

"to a brilliant new talent

"the long-awaited debut

of Erica Benton.

"Miss Benton astounded

the ballet worid last night...

in her incredible

performance of Swan Lake. "

"Her pas de deux

were breathtaking."

- Hello.

- Hi.

There she is.

- Hi.

- Hi. How are you?

- You look great.

- Oh, I'm sorry I'm late.

You're just in time for some big news.

- Well.

- Oh, hi. Uhhh.

- Wine.

- Let's have a glass another carafe. Okay?

- Yeah. And, uh...

- Anything else?

- Steamer Vic.

- Refills for everybody.

- Are you ready?

- You're in love.

Would that I were.

It's not my news.

- Sue.

- The only thing that happened

to me last week was...

my elevator man

got arrested for flashing.

- What is it, Jeannette?

- I met a man.

Well, that's terrific!

- Well, there's a little problem.

- He's married.

No.

- He's very young.

- You're not close.

- How young?

- He's 19.

- Oh, Jesus.

- I know. I know.

- He's very mature.

- Nineteen?

The problem is:
Does she f*ck him,

or does she adopt him?

I'm a terrible person. I'm drunk,

and I'm giddy, and I'm going to the loo.

- Sorry, Jeannette.

- It's okay.

I think Elaine's

going through early menopause.

It is so ironic. I've dated so many men...

in the last few years

that were my age or older...

and Steven his name is Steven

is the first man that I've really liked...

- since my divorce.

- Well, what's he like?

He's calm, quiet.

He doesn't come on.

He's very bright.

He's not afraid to be tender.

Well, if you were a man and you

were talking about a 19-year-old girl...

then there would be

no problem, would there?

No, I worry about Teddy.

I mean, how do you tell a six-year-old child

his new daddy is a teenager?

- Where does he live now?

- With his parents.

Maybe I should adopt him.

Did I miss anything?

No.

It's just that last night was so incredible.

I put Teddy to bed,

and Steven came over.

We just sat and talked

all night long.

- I mean, till 7:00 this morning.

- What did you talk about?

We talked a lot about loneliness.

- Got kind of emotional.

- Then?

- Promise you won't laugh?

- I promise.

Well, then he undressed me,

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)

Paul Mazursky

Irwin Lawrence "Paul" Mazursky (April 25, 1930 – June 30, 2014) was an American film director, screenwriter, and actor. Known for his dramatic comedies that often dealt with modern social issues, he was nominated for five Academy Awards: three times for Best Original Screenplay, once for Best Adapted Screenplay, and once for Best Picture for An Unmarried Woman (1978). Other films written and directed by Mazursky include Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), Blume in Love (1973), Harry and Tonto (1974), Moscow on the Hudson (1984), and Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986). more…

All Paul Mazursky scripts | Paul Mazursky Scripts

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Translation

Translate and read this script in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • Chinese - Simplified 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • Chinese - Traditional 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Spanish Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • Japanese 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Portuguese Português (Portuguese)
  • German Deutsch (German)
  • Arabic العربية (Arabic)
  • French Français (French)
  • Russian Русский (Russian)
  • Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • Korean 한국어 (Korean)
  • Hebrew עברית (Hebrew)
  • Ukrainian Український (Ukrainian)
  • Urdu اردو (Urdu)
  • Hungarian Magyar (Hungarian)
  • Hindi मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesian Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italian Italiano (Italian)
  • Tamil தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Turkish Türkçe (Turkish)
  • Telugu తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • Thai ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Vietnamese Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Czech Čeština (Czech)
  • Polish Polski (Polish)
  • Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Romanian Românește (Romanian)
  • Dutch Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Greek Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latin Latinum (Latin)
  • Swedish Svenska (Swedish)
  • Danish Dansk (Danish)
  • Finnish Suomi (Finnish)
  • Persian فارسی (Persian)
  • Yiddish ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • Armenian հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norwegian Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English English (English)

Discuss this An Unmarried Woman script with the community:

Citation

Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"An Unmarried Woman" Scripts.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2019. Web. 20 Oct. 2019. <https://www.scripts.com/script/an_unmarried_woman_2796>.

We need you!

Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

Watch the movie trailer

An Unmarried Woman

The Marketplace:

Sell your Script !

Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!


The Studio:

ScreenWriting Tool

Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.


Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.