The Anne Bancroft 90th Birthday Celebration Blogathon – 7 Women (1966)


This review is part of the The Anne Bancroft Blogathon being run by Crystal of In The Good Old Days of Hollywood.

“How does it feel to be the only rooster in this hen-house? ” Dr. D.R. Cartwright

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Sep 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A mission of women in warring China eagerly await the arrival of a skilled doctor in order to help one of them who is close to giving birth.

My Take on it – John Ford is mostly known for his Westerns that feature John Wayne, but it’s quite interesting to find out that his final film as director was about a group of women.

The story unfolds in a very engaging way and they manage to keep the level of tension and suspense on the rise the whole way through.

The various women depicted here all act very differently towards the dangers and unknown aspects of the warring tribes around them as they all continue to do the work of the mission in proselytizing.

The film gives an interesting view of how women in these situations can view the horrors of war and fighting.

The appearance of the doctor manages to help shift the balance of things as someone with a different view on the world is injected into their surrounding.

The best character here is the one played by Anne Bancroft who is clearly the star of things and she gives some an amazing performance here.

Her brash personality helps the others to try and look at the wold in a slightly skewed way.

Loved seeing Eddie Albert as the lone man in the mission even if he doesn;t have very much screen time since the story focuses more on all of the women.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Anne Bancroft recalled producer and director John Ford’s tearing pages out of the script and described him as “Marvelous but loony.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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One thought on “The Anne Bancroft 90th Birthday Celebration Blogathon – 7 Women (1966)

  1. I thought this was an interesting offbeat choice for Ford to wrap up his career with but I can’t say I loved the film. Quite the cast and a not bad story but it failed to come together completely. I was glad I watched it but I’m not in any particular hurry to do so again.

    Anne Bancroft and Ford apparently did not get along, he ended up being displeased with her performance. She had been a last minute replacement for Patricia Neal, filming had already begun when she suffered her debilitating series of strokes, so perhaps Ford had a vision of how Pat Neal would have done the role and Anne’s interpretation didn’t mesh with that. I thought she was very good but I always enjoy her on screen, she was a FORCE.

    Odd how there for a while the two actresses were sought for the same roles, Neal first since she was the bigger star of the two at that point, they have a similar powerful energy but I’ve thought Bancroft was closer in type to Ava Gardner-a pity they were never cast as sisters in a project, that would have been an intriguing dynamic. Anyway other than Anne taking over here Neal was offered both The Graduate and The Pumpkin Eater (both great performances by Bancroft) but didn’t feel sufficiently recovered yet to return to work. Several years later she was also offered Agnes of God first but her marriage was ending so she demurred and the producers again turned to Bancroft.

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