Lawrence O'Toole
May 07, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Letter to Three Wives

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern
genre
Drama

We gave it an A

In A Letter to Three Wives Celeste Holm is the mellifluous, taunting voice of Addie (whom we never see), who writes a poisonous letter to her three friends (Darnell, Sothern, and Jeanne Crain), saying she has run off with one of their husbands. During the course of one day each woman reflects through flashbacks on whether it’s her husband. With snappy, tart dialogue, and one of the most tantalizing dramatic devices ever used in film, writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz fashioned a satiric adult tale of the Cheever set — long before John Cheever was celebrated for putting his pen to commuting and cocktails. The video transfer is pristine. A

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