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  • Summary: This re-release of Robert Altman's 1977 drama stars Spacek as a shy, quiet girl named Pinky who starts working in a nursing home and strikes up a friendship with the talkative Millie (Duvall).
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  1. Written and directed by a brilliant screen artist at the peak of his powers, it's an utterly original comedy-drama.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Absorbing moody and often compelling story.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    A film such as this, which relies on mood, atmosphere, and ideas, rather than plot, depends on its acting to be effective, and the entire cast is extraordinary, with Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek both giving their finest performance ever.
  4. Today, the movie doesn't portend Altman's subsequent tailspin into irrelevance as much as it suggests a restlessness with the comic realism he had mastered.
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  1. May 2, 2013
    A dreamlike film with no pat ending. This is Robert Altman's best film and a showcase for both Sissy Spacek and Shelley Duvall, who are amazing in this hypnotic example of 70'S cinema at its best. Expand
  2. ArmondA.
    Aug 31, 2005
    Everyone who saw this film and enjoyed it seems to have seen his own personal piece of cinema. While the individual elements are highly distinctive, enabling its enthusiasts to know that they are indeed discussing the same movie, I believe that NOBODY knows what "it" is about, including the people who made it. Yet after 30 years the film remains a very good work of art that says what it says in exactly the way that it says it. We accept that paintings, poems, and piano concertos inform and move us in ways that do not translate into prose essays. But if you must have proof that this is more than an exercise in film-school experimentalism, the performances of the Three Women who star are just superb, giving us precisely drawn people who take up permanent residence in your own life history. Collapse
  3. Oct 3, 2012
    I like this movie because sissy spacek is in it she is a very good actress !!! Why A Carrie Remake, in God's name?!!!! It's a perfect film! Brian de Palma filmed it perfectly, Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie are absolutely perfect ,they both got Oscar nominations out of it, for God sake! Expand

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