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These Old Broads (2001)

Shirley MacLaine , Debbie Reynolds , Matthew Diamond  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shirley MacLaine, Debbie Reynolds, Joan Collins, Elizabeth Taylor, Jonathan Silverman
  • Directors: Matthew Diamond
  • Writers: Carrie Fisher, Elaine Pope
  • Producers: Carrie Fisher, Deborah Edell Underwood, Elaine Pope, Ilene Amy Berg, John D. McNamara
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 18, 2009
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002CAWNFQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,381 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "These Old Broads" on IMDb

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After their '60s movie becomes a revival hit, three aging movie stars (Oscar® winner Shirley MacLaine, Oscar® nominee Debbie Reynolds and Joan Collins) are given a chance to join forces for a one-time televised concert, if they can overcome their long-standing animosity toward one another. Even when a legendary agent (Oscar® winner Elizabeth Taylor) achieves the seemingly impossible task of getting the three to agree to the concert, the producers, worries aren't over. The drama has only just begun!

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars These old broads are terrific! June 2, 2006
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When you have stars of this caliber, who needs a real plot? They do terrific send ups of themselves and the result is a funny, funny film. The fact that Reynolds and Taylor got together on screen makes the experience even more memorable.

Don't go in expecting Shakespeare ... but sit back and enjoy the inside jokes and the incredible talent of four of the living legends of Hollywood.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of these "old broads", please November 21, 2001
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This film is a great chance to see these wonderful actresses(Taylor, Reynolds,MacLane) acting again! It is a farce from the beginning to the end, and you can tell these women let go and really had fun with it! I would love to see all three of these women in another film soon, especially Ms Taylor. They have so much to offer all of us! They really Don't make "STARS" like this anymore. And I for one, find that terribly sad!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Boasting the likes of silver screen legends Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley MacLaine, Joan Collins and Debbie Reynolds all combined in the one movie how could you resist taking at least a peek at this effort from 2001 titled "These Old Broads". Being a fan of all four women, this at times funny, over the top, and startlingly candid little effort is definately one of my "guilty pleasures". Certainly all four acting legends deserved a far better screenplay to sink their collective creative teeth into but on the level of pure entertainment and for the joy of seeing these legendary actresses working for the first time with each other this film is worth viewing. The result of the creative talents of Carrie Fisher, the real life daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Elaine Pope who was responsible for television's "Seinfeld" series, the pair have managed to weave much that is true to life in the four actresses often controversial acting careers into the screenplay so that the final film often has a "mirror house" feel to it that adds to the general fun as fantasy and reality mix in together.

The eternal hope of the "great comeback", is something that is a way of life for those performers in Hollywood who are past their peak or to use a polite industry term are "resting". "These Old Broads", tackles that very theme of what do ageing veteran actresses do when the limelight shifts onto younger performers . They make a comeback of course!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Veteran stars having fun August 27, 2001
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Let's face it--with four such legendary performers on hand, who could resist a look at this film? To their credit, Joan Collins, Shirley MacLaine, Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor appear to be thoroughly enjoying themselves, and certainly give their all to this trifle, about three quarreling film stars reunited for a TV special when a film they made together proves an unexpected hit on its re-release. The script, co-authored by Reynolds' daughter Carrie Fisher, artfully blends fiction and fact--MacLaine's character is obsessed with New Age metaphysics, for example, and Reynolds is running, not too successfully, a Las Vegas casino. When Reynolds and Taylor, as a crochety agent, have a frank discussion about the husband the latter stole from the former, one wonders just who is talking--the characters, or the actresses themselves? Such juicy speculations keep the action bubbling past the creakier junctions of the plot, particularly the tiresome scenes with Jonathan Silverman as the beleaguered director (and MacLaine's adopted son--shades of Joan Crawford) and Nestor Carbonell as the requisite hugely egotistical producer. The shock value of hearing such frank talk about sex issuing from such classy womens' mouths wears off after a while, too. Still, "These Old Broads" is an enjoyably campy bit of nostalgia.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually, it is a lot of fun March 7, 2002
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It is interesting to read the rather divergent reviews of this TV movie here. Personally, I loved it, having been a long-time fan of all of the ladies. Not nearly enough of Liz in the film, sure, but Debbie has some great wisecracks and Joan not only looks amazing (hardly surprising she just married someone her son's age), but displays a genuine talent for comedy.
If anything, I was disappointed with Shirley's storyline and the unnecessary "gay son" aspect. Also, aside from the headliners, some key supporting players are sadly lacklustre.
However, it is what it is - sort of an updated "Golden Girls" set in Hollywood rather than Miami.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up for the older women! July 28, 2002
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A thoroughly enjoyable film...three veteran stars are brought together to recapture their stardom of yore, however they can't stand each other, so an uphill task from the word go for the remake of their old musical/play...but in the end it was a success. Joan Collins was great..as she always is, a combination of the older woman charm and timeless sex appeal...if you want an enjoyable night in this is a must!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie Stars Unite! September 12, 2009
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The very witty and talented Carrie Fisher wrote this film, and it unites classic movie stars Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Collins, and Fisher's mother Debbie Reynolds. For that reason alone, this movie is worth watching. The supporting talent is also great: Jonathan Silverman, Gene Barry, Pat Harrington, Pat Crawford Brown, and Nestor Carbonell.

I loved this movie when it first aired on television, and for years waited for a DVD release (it was released on VHS previously, but only recently came to DVD). It is clear that the women are having a ball.

I find this film to be very funny and entertaining. It's worth watching alone for all of the assembled talent. The picture and sound are excellent, but there are no bonus features (I would have loved an interview with Carrie Fisher).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent for what it was suppose to be
Pretty decent for what it was suppose to be. I think a lot of the movies charm, was just seeing the stars that made it what it was.
Published 27 days ago by P. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great movie. I had never heard of it before.
Published 1 month ago by Kenneth L. Morrison
3.0 out of 5 stars Time has not been good to this epic
Time has not been good to this epic. Pretty dated material that just doesn't ring today. Great actress's one and all. As an older film I found moments that were great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John O'Driscoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Love all these Actresses and all the cast
Love all these Actresses and all the cast... highly recommend for you to purchase this for your DVD Collection as a Rare Gem of Comedy by a Stellar Cast and Ensemble... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gerald Shattuck
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story for " Old Film Fans "
Great story for " Old Film Fans ". Great Characters. Great Actors.
Published 3 months ago by KENANDOR
5.0 out of 5 stars These Old Broads
I had seen this movie years ago, & enjoyed it, & wanted to see it again. It met all my expectations.
Published 4 months ago by L. Meyers
3.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't real thrilled.
It was okay. It certainly isn't one that I'll watch again or that I would recommend to anyone. Not highly entertaining.
Published 4 months ago by R. Boney
4.0 out of 5 stars The Old Girls
L love this picture The Storyline is very clever. I love seeing the REAL STARS of the screen, still acting these days .
Published 5 months ago by Glory
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This was the last film of actress Elizabeth Taylor. Made for TV, it was not released in our country for sale, although it has been seen on TV. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Adriano Ferreira da Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars good show. I liked it. Thanks.
I ordered this DVD set. It came on time. the picture and sound qualities were great. I would recommend it. Thank you.
Published 6 months ago by Shantal N.
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