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An Unmarried Woman (1978)

Jill Clayburgh , Alan Bates , Paul Mazursky  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates, Michel Murphy, Cliff Gorman, Lisa Pelican
  • Directors: Paul Mazursky
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BOH918
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,525 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "An Unmarried Woman" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Director Paul Mazursky & Jill Clayburgh
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Fox Flix: Silver Streak, Man Trouble, Next Stop, & Greenwich Village

Editorial Reviews

Erica seems to have it all - a comfortable home, an interesting job in a Manhattan art galley, a bright teenage daughter, and a loving, successful husband. Then, suddenly, her life is shattered. Her "perfect" husband walks out, and she is left frightened and alone to face the chancy singles world. How does a vital, contemporary woman pick up the pieces and start over?

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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The more I watch this well loved, intimate, unique film, the more I love and appreciate it. People, you are missing out on a unique piece of American culture if you neglect this gem.Not only is the acting so astounding , the actors were so naturalistic which was so indicative of the 70's ( and to me , so sorely missed. Not to sound dowdy but so much of today;s acting is merely posing and pouting and trying to look the all-important-sexy-at-all-costs) The story is simple and human, a broken marriage , a woman who finds her core...but told so beautifully ,and in the background is that city, that city, that city which to me is also another actress in the film, our New York...

Also another major plus in the DVD is the commentary by Paul Mazursky and Jill Clayburgh. They have such insight and warmth and interesting commentary, not just about the making of the film but about art and acting and life . To me it was worth it to hear these wonderful artists express their ideas and memories. I have to admit, I love them both and so much of my life was shaped by this movie.

It is a truly underrated and underappreciated piece of art. It is ART ! The score is divine too. If you think , after the 1st viewing, that maybe you dont like it, it is too 70s or corny,,, give it another try. It is truly a whole little world that you are glimpsing, Mr Mazursky created a magical place, and I never never tire of going there.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's never too late to become your own person August 11, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
I first saw this movie with my mother when it was released theatrically. Because I was just 13 years old, some of the subject matter sailed right over my head, but I was still entranced by the film and cheered Erica on to find her own happy ending.
I have seen the film many times since, and it has become one of my all time favorite movies. Jill Clayburgh shines as Erica and brings such a believability to this role. You are right there with Erica as she revels in her comfortable Upper East Side life, as she walks around in a fog when her husband leaves, as she takes those tentative first steps into the world of dating, as she finds love once again, and ultimately, as she emerges as a woman who discovers who she is and is determined to face life and love on HER terms.
I think this is Paul Mazursky's best work. He was not afraid to explore his feminine side and write this film from a woman's point of view. Many of the themes brought up in the film, such as loss, self-esteem, and independence still ring true today and I am hard pressed to name a recent film that explores this territory as well.
On a purely aesthetic level, I would kill to have Erica's apartment. A spacious, tastefully decorated hi-rise apartment with stunning views of Manhattan...I would be in heaven. The movie gets a star alone for that location.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A peak for both Jill Clayburgh and Paul Mazursky June 12, 2000
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Jill Clayburgh was nominated for an Oscar as the lead in this 1978 film. She didn't win but it pushed her into the "A" class for a few good years. It's interesting to witness Clayburgh's career rise and fall as symptomatic of the public's short love affair with actresses. She still can be seen in supporting roles and she is as good as she ever was - beautiful, funny, warm and tender - but she is probably unable to recapture those "A" bankable heydays. As Erica, a woman who's husband leaves her for a younger woman, Pauline Kael describes her having an "addled radiance with a floating not-quite-sure not-quite-here quality". Clayburgh is memorable wearing a high-collared tan Albert Wolsky coat with a snarl on her face that is both funny and real when she is told the news of the infidelity. Written and directed by Paul Mazursky and burdened with an annoying Rocky-esque score by Bill Conti, the film has a few slow improvisational spots but is generally likeable. Ironically, as it raised Clayburgh's profile, it also was the peak for Mazursky, after films like Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, Blume in Love and Next Stop, Greenwich Village in the early 70's. The only later film to match them is Enemies, A Love Story made in 1989. The film was also a mainstream breakthrough for Alan Bates who here wears a beard and is hunkily gorgeous as Erica's love interest. His rapport with Clayburgh seems genuine and the film improves once he appears half way through. At the time it was released, Mazursky's feminist end was criticised for having Erica turn down Bates' request to go away with her since Bates is presented as irresistible. Kael thought the only way to balance Erica's "idiotic" decision would be to reveal Bates' character as a fraud. You decide.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing on DVD January 20, 2006
By HMU123
I couldn't wait for this film to be digitized, and the print is just beautiful. You can see Clayburgh's freckles! Some of those classic shots of her face are even more amazing when you can see her clearly. And the views of the New York skyline are even lovelier when the lights don't look like one big blur. Both the sound and the color have been cleaned up and are excellent. My only wish for the 30th anniversary edition next year (marketing opportunity alert) would be additional supplementary material. Something with Bates before his death would be thrilling. However, this package does include a long commentary with both Jill and Mazursky--worth listening to if you're a fan of the movie, though Mazursky gets a bit repetitious and obvious at times. If you're a long-time New Yorker, the info about where various scenes were shot is quite interesting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars movie is ok
i like it as im a clayburgh fan. kind of a funky movie of a lady whose husband dumps her and the teenage daughter
Published 3 months ago by Steve L. Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars They are all gone but the film remains wonderful
Film: An Unmarried Woman by Paul Mazursky

Every principal in this movie is now dead. Paul Mazursky died on this June 30th. Read more
Published 3 months ago by carol irvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Luminous
Jill Clayburgh was one of those actresses whose luminosity shone true. I really lived her films, and this is one of the best. Read more
Published 6 months ago by prisrob
5.0 out of 5 stars Can relate to real life. Has alot of lifes hard lessons to learn...
I watched the movie for the first time yesterday night. Me, still being young, I didn't think that during the 70s they already had failing marriages and affraids... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cutesy!Pie
5.0 out of 5 stars A
The third time I've seen this movie. I love it as much or more each time. I have recommended it to two people who have been devastated by a ruined marriage, because of how the main... Read more
Published 11 months ago by doryphoros
5.0 out of 5 stars So Happy!
I bought this for a friend who wanted this movie so badly yet one can scarcly find it. It is rare & very very expensive going up to as much as $200 ( ridiculous). Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars There are transitions but not for this winner
I loved this film when it came out more than 30 years ago.... I'm still (temporarily) an unmarried woman, and I think men are important.
Published 13 months ago by Patricia Stewart
3.0 out of 5 stars Like 1978 Itself...A Bit Sleazy
The acting and cinematography are superb, but if this script took place anywhere but NYC, it's pretense of fake feminism would look less grandiose. Read more
Published 14 months ago by mr. contrarian
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine tribute to the late actress Jill Clayburgh
The film still has relevance in this day & age, to coping with a significant loss( e.g. marital breakup) & ultimately being able to take charge & embrace a new beginning---a new... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Marilyn Lundy
5.0 out of 5 stars And oldie but a goodie!
This in an all time fav of mine. Great story about men and women and how they make it or don't make it with each other -- relationship wise! Love Jill Clayburgh (RIP)
Published 19 months ago by sue876sue
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