Video Review

A Letter to Three Wives

MPAA Rating: Unrated
EW's GRADE
A

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genre: Drama; With: Linda Darnell and Ann Sothern

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

Originally posted May 07, 1993 Published in issue #169 May 07, 1993 Order article reprints
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