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An Unmarried Woman (1978)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Jan 10, 2006

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Running Time
2 hours, 10 minutes

Country USA

Studio 20th Century Fox

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Other Titles
• An Unmarried Woman
• Entheiratete Frau, Eine (1978)

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Betrayal, Love, Law, Melodrama, Psychodrama

Tagline: She laughs, she cries, she feels angry, she feels lonely, she feels guilty, she makes breakfast, she makes love, she makes do, she is strong, she is weak, she is brave, she is scared, she is... an unmarried woman.

Plot: Martin (Michael Murphy) and Erica (Jill Clayburgh) are a successful New York couple who have been happily married for 17 years. The parents of Patti (Lisa Lucas), a precocious and witty teenager, they seem to have it all until Martin confesses to Erica that he is leaving her for another woman. Erica is emotionally devastated, unable to imagine life without her husband, and seeks comfort in therapy and her group of close woman friends. Ultimately, she is able to start over, finding fulfillment in her job at a Soho art gallery and a relationship with a passionate artist (Alan Bates). Erica is profoundly affected by her new freedom, finding strength within herself for the first time in her life. Clayburgh gives an excellent performance as a thoroughly modern woman of the 1970s forced to face her own fears and desires. Director Paul Mazursky's realistic and poignant portrayal of a generation of women in crisis was groundbreaking at the time of its release, capturing the true nature of women's friendships and struggles as well as the dilemma of divorce.

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 Directed by
Paul Mazursky
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 Written by
Paul Mazursky
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Michael Murphy
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Kelly Bishop
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 Music By
Bill Conti
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