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All About Eve (1950)



Critic Consensus: Smart, sophisticated, and devastatingly funny, All About Eve is a Hollywood classic that only improves with age.

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Based on the story The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr, All About Eve is an elegantly bitchy backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway mega-star Margo Channing (Bette Davis), weaving a melancholy life story to Margo and her friends. Taking pity on the girl, Margo takes Eve as her personal assistant. Before long, it becomes apparent that naïve Eve is a Machiavellian conniver who cold-bloodedly uses Margo, her director Bill Sampson (Gary Merill), Lloyd's wife Karen (Celeste Holm), and waspish critic Addison De Witt (George Sanders) to rise to the top of the theatrical heap. Also appearing in All About Eve is Marilyn Monroe, introduced by Addison De Witt as "a graduate of the Copacabana school of dramatic art." This is but one of the hundreds of unforgettable lines penned by writer/director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the most famous of which is Margo Channing's lip-sneering admonition, "Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night." All About Eve received 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Bette Davis
as Margo Channing
Anne Baxter
as Eve Harrington
Gary Merrill
as Bill Sampson
George Sanders
as Addison De Witt
Celeste Holm
as Karen Richards
Hugh Marlowe
as Lloyd Richards
Thelma Ritter
as Birdie Coonan
Marilyn Monroe
as Miss Casswell
Gregory Ratoff
as Max Fabian
Walter Hampden
as Aged Actor
Craig Hill
as Leading Man
Barbara White
as Autograph Seeker
Eddie Fisher
as Stage Manager
Eugene Borden
as Frenchman
Helen Mowery
as Reporter
Steven Geray
as Captain of Waiters
Bess Flowers
as Well-Wisher
Ed Fisher
as Stage Manager
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Critic Reviews for All About Eve

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (36)

So breath-takingly sharp and tense a story of the theater could hardly be so vital without some fragments of truth In its background.

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All About Eve is undoubtedly the best picture of the year, even better than Sunset Boulevard.

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A scintillating, stimulating, extraordinary achievement.

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Get a baby-sitter and go see this one. Unfortunately, Hollywood doesn't turn out enough films of this calibre.

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It is so well and amusingly written that, in spite of its enormous length the obvious artificiality of its plot, and the flagrant exaggeration of its only-too-wicked people, it never really flags.

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It is a joy to hear consistently witty and biting dialogue on the screen, spoken by actors who use the lines to color and shape their performances so they emerge as vivid, full-blown persons.

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Audience Reviews for All About Eve


This sophisticated tale of ambition, glamour and backstabbing in Hollywood and show business is superbly directed by Mankievicz, with a delicious sense of humor, a terrific ensemble cast and an altogether memorable dialogue from beginning to end.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

The script is spectacular. And there's just so much acting to appreciate in this film, especially Bette Davis's snarky, proud, self-indulgent and insecure diva who gradually coaxes forth a full-on tempestuous storm, a "hysterical screaming harpy". This was my first introduction to Ms Davis, and though I'd never want to cross swords with her, I want more. I loved her and Merrill, they were romantically adorable! Bonus: a resplendent, bright-eyed Marilyn Monroe with a naughty smile as she shimmies out of her white fur coat to go sweet-talk a producer.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

Brilliant! A classic film; absolutely fantastic. All About Eve is a film about a young woman named Eve (Baxter) who aligns herself into the life of aging actress Margo Channing (Davis) and ultimately schemes herself into the theatre spotlight. I really liked it! The screenplay is one of the best of all time, perfect in every way. It has sort of a unique and modern flair to it, making All About Eve memorable and timeless. The performances were wonderful, also, especially Betty Davis. All About Eve garnered a total of 5 Oscar nominations for the cast; after viewing the film it's clear why. Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, and Hugh Marlowe all give great performances. This was also my first Marilyn Monroe film; she has a minor role. Nominated for an astounding 14 Academy Awards and winner of 6 including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, All About Eve is a classic piece of cinema that is a must-see. I cannot recommend this film enough.

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Jameson Worley

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