The Women

Synopsis: Based on a very clever comedy by Claire Booth, wife of Time Publisher Henry Luce and later Ambassador to Italy. One of the surprises was an all-woman cast, novel in the 1930's. And although there were no men in the cast, most of the dialog was about them. The story is rather thin and depended on the fact that divorce, in the 1930's, was not only difficult but almost impossible in New York. Mrs. Stephen Haynes learns that her husband is seeing a salesgirl at Saks, and reluctantly divorces him, abetted by her friends, all of whom have romantic problems of their own. In the 1930's New York women who could afford it went to Nevada, where residency could be established quickly and divorce was relatively easy. The 1939 film, starring Norma Shearer, Paulette Goddard, Rosalind Russell, and Joan Crawford, was a hit. This one, with an even better looking cast, is definitely not, largely because someone tried to move a 1930's situation comedy into the present.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Diane English
Production: Picturehouse Entertainment
  4 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

Get that thing away.

Has that ugly mutt had its shots?

Go for the shoes, bad shoes.

Last season's markdowns.

Oh, I never.

It's okay, sweetie.

There's a word for a woman like that.

And it's rarely used outside a kennel.

Okay, puppy, five minutes

to shop the first floor. Go.

- Here?

That's right.

Do you know about that list?


- It's like that, but you know, I...

Oh, I need some blush.

Girl, I gotta be...

Complimentary sampler

of our new cream with any $25 purchase.

How about you?

Would you like to get a facelift in a jar?

This is my face, deal with it.

Hey, Sylvie.

I'm looking at a woman right now

who should be in my magazine.

"There's a fine line

between an outfit and a getup. "

Heh, heh. Where are you right now?

You're not shopping, are you?

Of course, I deserve it.

I was in my office at 6 this morning.

I love Saturdays at the office,

no one there to distract me.

Hey, shouldn't you be

on your way here right now?

What time is it, anyway?

Mary, what are you doing?

Are you having sex?

Would I be on the phone with you?

Don't answer that.

I'm on my way upstairs for a manicure.

What time is your little do today?

Oh, for the third time, 12:30, okay?

And do not be late, Sylvie,

I need you here.

Please, when am I ever late?

- Ha.

- I'll see you 12:30-ish?

No, no, no "ish. "

No "ish. "

Hi, welcome to Saks.

Would you like to try?

- Hello, Ms. Fowler, how have you been?

- Aretha needs water.

Sparkling or still?

Whatever. She drinks out of the toilet.

Tanya's ready for you, Ms. Fowler.

Are you Tanya?

- Yeah, that's me. Have a seat.

That's your name?

Or are you really Susie from Brooklyn?

If it's a long story, don't tell me,

I'm in a hurry.

I was born Eileen,

if you wanna know the truth.

I went to this numerologist who said... change my life,

I should change my name.

I was working at Mr. Ronnie's

on Astoria Boulevard. Do you know it?

I don't get out to Queens

as much as I'd like.

The day I changed my name,

a limousine pulls up in front of the shop.

You're never gonna believe

who gets out. Madonna.

- I have to be at a luncheon at 1.

- Anyway, I can't believe it.

I look at her nails, thinking,

"What kind of butcher did this?"

So I gave her a manicure

like she's never had in this life.


I use my own polish.

I mix my own colors. I have a gift.

The luncheon's in Connecticut.

That's a whole other state.

I put Jungle Red on her.

I'll never forget it.

Next thing, Saks is calling me saying

Madonna's raving about my manicure...

...and do I want a job.

- So you wanna try my Jungle Red?

- Hmm. Not bad.

I put this on one of the girls

behind the perfume counter.

She just moved to town, bang,

she's having an affair with a married man.

Who isn't? If you can't speed this up,

I'm gonna have to come back.

- What's your Wednesday like?

- Oh, I'll check.

The married-man thing is tricky, isn't it?

Especially when the guy's well-known.

He's some big hoo-hah on Wall Street.

I can never remember that guy's name.

Everybody knows him.

Wednesday, Wednesday... Haines.

That's it, something Haines.

It wouldn't, by any chance,

be Stephen Haines, would it?

Uh, yeah, that's it.

Wednesday, 11 or 2?

You know, Wednesday isn't good.

I think I'd better get this

taken care of now.

Oh, great, okay.

So you're telling me that Stephen Haines

is having an affair with a salesgirl?

What do you think that's all about?

If you ever saw Crystal Allen,

you wouldn't have to ask.

Yes, buzz, buzz, I hear you.

I swear to God,

it scares me to come here.

I'll be a few minutes.

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Diane English

Diane English (born May 18, 1948) is an American screenwriter, producer and director, best known for creating the television show Murphy Brown and writing and directing the 2008 feature film The Women. more…

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