- Summary: The 1973 documentary about Little Edie (Barrymore) and her mother, Big Edie (Lange), having been made into an award-winning Broadway play of the same name, is again dramatized as a film for HBO.
- Genre(s): Drama
- Show Type: TV Movie
- Season 1 premiere date: Apr 18, 2009
- Episode Length: 103
- Air Time: 08:00 PM
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RayGApr 23, 2009Awesome. Should have been released to the theaters.
EllenKApr 27, 2009I was too busy living my own life in performance (first female radio talk show with daily call in show in Miami and Boston 1971-72) when all this happened to pay much note of the real story. However, Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange certainly captured the true essence of these two fascinating and provocative women. As the film progressed, I began to remember the story in all of its sordid details. I hope the "square-off" in the Best Actress Category for the Emmys results in a tie between the two of them, and awards for both of them. I give this HBO program an "A" on Ellen's Entertainment Report Card.… Expand
NerijusDJun 7, 2009Brilliant, moving, true to the original documentary.
DeWayneGApr 21, 2009This is the perfect and necessary companion piece to the Maysles brothers
ArmondAApr 20, 2009Having seen the original documentary film on which this docudrama is based I was left with a number of questions about the story surrounding the narrow time frame presented to us. After watching HBO's production last night my itch of curiosity felt well-scratched. As others have noted, the production values were excellent and the acting ranged from acceptable to astonishing. Drew Barrymore's Little Edie impression was sometimes dead on and sometimes spoiled by personal mannerisms. Jessica Lange's work was terrific. A film like this shouldn't have an "ending", in the conventional sense of "wrap up" or "resolution", and the attempt to tack one on to this sad, grinding tale of human deterioration and decay seems unnecessary and insulting. So too is the heavily dramatic background music that moves right into the foreground as we head into the final scenes in the grand old family mansion. But rather than close this little comment on a sour note, let me again emphasize that the film does a fine job for those of us who've long been interested in this dark and strange true-life riches-to-rags story of squandered privilege. And compared to the MUSICAL!? that was based on the same original material...one could hardly call this straight dramatic version EXPLOITATIVE.… Expand
edsApr 28, 2009The accents were just terrible and distracting. It was like listening to Rose Kennedy trying to put on southern accent.
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