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Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle

Genres: Drama, Period Pieces, Biography, Feature Film, Biographical Drama

Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Campbell Scott, Matthew Broderick, Peter Gallagher, Jennifer Beals, Andrew McCarthy, Martha Plimpton, Lili Taylor, James LeGros, Gwyneth Paltrow, Heather Graham, Stanley Tucci

Director: Alan Rudolph

Synopsis: Cigarette smoke and laughter... The hollow clink of martini glasses and biting one-liners... This was the famed lunch scene at the Algonquin Hotel's Round Table of the 1920's, home to a circle of mutually supportive young artists that defined the heyday of New York sophistication and a literate era of wit and intellect. At the heart of the round table sat Mrs. Dorothy Parker (Jennifer Jason Leigh), one of the sharpest, most biting wits of the past century. But beneath the raucous laughter is a darker and richer tale filled with passionate affairs, friendship and tragedy, all captured in this striking masterpiece of unrequited love and self-destructive impulses from acclaimed director Alan Rudolph (The Secret Life of Dentists, Choose Me).

All-Star Cast! Featuring Jennifer Jason Leigh (Single White Female, Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Campbell Scott (The Exorcism of Emily Rose), Matthew Broderick (The Producers, Ferris Bueller's Day Off), Peter Gallagher (TV's The O.C., American Beauty), Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow (The Royal Tenenbaums, Shakespeare in Love), Heather Graham (Boogie Nights, Lost in Space), Jennifer Beals (TV's The L Word, Devil in a Blue Dress), Andrew McCarthy (Weekend at Bernie's, TV's Kingdom Hospital), Wallace Shawn (Clueless, The Princess Bride), Martha Plimpton (Parenthood, 200 Cigarettes), Lili Taylor (High Fidelity, Short Cuts), James LeGros (Living in Oblivion, The Rapture), Nick Cassavetes (Face/Off, director of The Notebook), Stephen Baldwin (Posse, Threesome ),Stanley Tucci (Big Night, The Devil Wears Prada),Keith Carradine (Nashville, The Long Riders) and Jon Favreau (Elf, Swingers).

Language: English

Country of Origin: United States of America

Production Year: 1994


  • "A literary biopic quite unlike any other. As interesting, infuriating, and undeniably brilliant as Parker herself!", BBC (UK)
  • "Recreates the flavor of the 1920s glitterati gang with such vivid and loving detail that you feel like the proverbial fly on the Algonquin walls!", Austin Chronicle
  • "Immensely entertaining... inventive, hilarious and, in its own sneaky way, moving.", The Washington Post
  • "Leigh gives as bold a performance as ever!", San Francisco Chronicle
  • "Dazzling!", Janet Maslin, The New York Times
  • "Lively and unexpectedly touching!", Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
  • "Remarkable!", Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle - DVD - $14.99

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  • Release Date: Sep 5th, 2006
  • Catalog Number: ID2086LIDVD
  • UPC: 0014381208627
  • Rating: R for sexuality and language
  • Run Time: 125
  • Color Format: Color
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
  • Language: English
  • 16:9: Yes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Closed Captions: No
  • Subtitle:
  • Special Features:
    • "Would you Kindly Direct Me to Hell?: The Infamous Dorothy Parker"

    • Theatrical Trailer

    • TV Spot

    • Interview with Composer Mark Isham

    • Audio Commentary by Director Alan Rudolph