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These Old Broads (2001)

Not Rated | | Comedy | TV Movie 12 February 2001
After a re-release of their 60's movie hit "Boy Crazy" becomes a smash, three actresses, Piper Grayson (Debbie Reynolds), Kate Westbourne (Shirley MacLaine), and Addie Holden (Dame Joan ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Kate Westbourne
Debbie Reynolds ... Piper Grayson
Joan Collins ... Addie Holden
Elizabeth Taylor ... Beryl Mason
Jonathan Silverman ... Wesley Westbourne
Nestor Carbonell ... Gavin
Peter Graves ... Bill
Carlos Jacott ... Tom
Pat Crawford Brown ... Miriam Hodges
Suzanne Carney Suzanne Carney ... Connie
Heath Hyche ... Ben Collier
Gene Barry ... Mr. Stern
Pat Harrington Jr. ... Tony Frank (as Pat Harrington)
Hinton Battle ... Pete
Betty Carvalho Betty Carvalho ... Rosa
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After a re-release of their 60's movie hit "Boy Crazy" becomes a smash, three actresses, Piper Grayson (Debbie Reynolds), Kate Westbourne (Shirley MacLaine), and Addie Holden (Dame Joan Collins), reunite for a reunion show, with help from Kate's son Wesley (Jonathan Silverman) and their manager, Beryl Mason (Dame Elizabeth Taylor). The problem? The three actresses and their manager all loathe each other. Written by Ashley Phipps <LavernShrl@aol.com>

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 2001 (USA) See more »

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As Damas de Hollywood See more »

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Color

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1.77 : 1
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During an interview for a documentary about Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley MacLaine spoke of this movie as an upcoming project, stating that it was to star her, Taylor, Debbie Reynolds, Lauren Bacall, and Dame Julie Andrews. See more »

Quotes

Gavin: That's one good-lookin' lady!
Wesley Westbourne: Gavin, I may be mistaken, but I think she was very much alive at the start of World War II.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD version differs from both the original TV version and subsequent VHS release: -The film opens without the credits sequence from the VHS version, though the extended version of the opening scene in Gavin's office is intact. -After Piper's line, "I had to beg him to look away...," she continues, "and get a vasectomy." -A moment where Kate leads Wesley in a relaxation breathing exercise immediately before revealing she's going to be late to work the next morning has been removed. -While lying in bed, Addie asks, "You were never anybody's... girl, were you, Tony?" -There's additional dialogue between Miriam, Piper and Kate in the bedroom about Tony's oversized penis. -The brief prison scene with Carrie Fisher is included. -The club sequence is entirely re-edited, with "Get Happy" interspersed throughout Kate and Wesley's conversation. Most of the footage of Shirley MacLaine and Jonathan Silverman is edited from alternate takes, and some of the dialogue that was included on the VHS version is missing. See more »

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References The Jerry Springer Show (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Fascinating Rhythm
Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Performed by Shirley MacLaine, Debbie Reynolds and Joan Collins
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Mixed feelings
22 February 2001 | by SirLizrdSee all my reviews

I had been looking forward to this film ever since I first heard about Carrie Fisher's script. Unfortunately, the TV movie didn't live up to my expectations. It was great to see these legendary ladies working together, but the results were not as I had hoped. I don't know if it was the script or the directing, but most of the jokes fell flat. I know that Carrie Fisher had as hard a time getting the film made as the characters had in getting their reunion special aired. Studios wouldn't put up the money because they didn't think that it would be worth it. If the film was given the right director it could have been as witty and wicked as the 1939 classic "The Women" (Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell, Joan Fontaine, Mary Boland).

I believe that the Joan Collins role was originally intended for Lauren Bacall. When Bacall passed the role was offered to Julie Andrews, who also turned it down. I think that Tony Curtis was supposed to play the gangster lover and June Allyson was supposed to play the mother of the Joan Collins character. I can't help to wonder if all of these bail-outs had anything to do with the poor quality that was ultimately produced?

It wasn't all bad, though. There were some really funny moments. I enjoyed the camp factor of Debbie and Joan's performance in the gay club. These bigger-than-life legendary stars are practically drag queens, anyway. The gay subplot was pointless, however, without having been developed properly. Carrie Fisher did toss in some great zingers and one-liners.

I'd definitely watch this movie again some day, but I'll always be haunted by the thoughts of "what might have been"...


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