• Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle

Release Date: 1994

DVD Release Date: September 5th, 2006

R |2 hr 3 min

Plot Summary

They were the literati of the Jazz Age, but their lives weren't as glamorous as the society pages made them seem. Dorothy Parker (Jennifer Jason Leigh), Robert Benchley (Campbell Scott), Charles MacArthur (Matthew Broderick) and the other regulars of the New York City salon known as the Algonquin Round Table publish celebrated pieces of writing and while away hours over boozy lunches. But for Parker, an endless string of droll commentary is a veneer hiding her emotional and romantic troubles.

Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Matthew Broderick, Campbell Scott, Peter Gallagher, Jennifer Beals, Andrew McCarthy, Wallace Shawn, Martha Plimpton

Director: Alan Rudolph

Genres: Drama , Biography

Production Co: Fine Line Features, Artificial Eye Film, Miramax Films

Keywords: Rivalry, New York City, Engaging, Passionate, Amusing, Relationships

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Mrs. Parker is a comedy even though it's sad, and a sort of tragedy even though it's funny, with such foggy borders between the two that pathos and humor seem to smear all over each other, like makeup running with tears. [23 Dec 1994, p.N]

  • 88
    TV Guide Magazine

    Director Alan Rudolph and producer Robert Altman combine forces to create a quiet, intelligent film about Dorothy Parker. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The great achievement of Alan Rudolph's Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle is that it allows us to empathize with Dorothy Parker on her long descent. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama