• Film

Seven Women


Time Out says

Easy to disparage Ford's last feature, a bizarre transposition of a classic Western situation into war-torn China of the '30s, with a group of WASP women trapped at a mission besieged by brutal Mongols. The plot is almost formulaic, the fear of miscegenation outdated, a made-up Mazurki as the Mongol leader faintly ludicrous. But in many ways this does qualify as the director's mature masterpiece of his twilight years, partly because he is for once treating women as more than just (h)earth mothers, partly because his sympathies lie so completely with Bancroft, who manages to face a fate worse than death with admirable stoicism. The sense of menacing claustrophobia and sexual repression is beautifully conveyed by the studio setting; the shifting relationships between the women are handled with lucid economy; and the film is totally devoid of the sentimentality that mars so much of Ford's work.

Release Details

  • Duration:87 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:John Ford
  • Screenwriter:John McCormick, Janet Green
  • Cast:
    • Anne Bancroft
    • Margaret Leighton
    • Sue Lyon
    • Flora Robson
    • Mildred Dunnock
    • Betty Field
    • Anna Lee
    • Eddie Albert
    • Mike Mazurki
    • Woody Strode
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