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All About Eve
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1967 US re-release film poster
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck
Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Starring
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Milton R. Krasner
Editing by Barbara McLean
Studio 20th Century Fox
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) October 13, 1950 (1950-10-13)
Running time 138 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.4 million
Money made $8.4 million

All About Eve is a 1950 American drama film written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. It was based on the 1946 short story "The Wisdom of Eve" by Mary Orr, although screen credit was not given for it.

The film stars Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a highly regarded but aging Broadway star. Anne Baxter plays Eve Harrington, an ambitious young fan who moves herself into Channing's life, eventually threatening Channing's career and her personal relationships.

The film co-stars George Sanders, Celeste Holm, and features Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Thelma Ritter, Marilyn Monroe in one of her earliest roles, Gregory Ratoff, Barbara Bates and Walter Hampden.

Praised by critics at the time of its release, All About Eve received a record 14 Academy Award nominations and won six, including Best Picture. All About Eve is the only film in Oscar history to receive four female acting nominations (Davis and Baxter as Best Actress, Holm and Ritter as Best Supporting Actress).

Widely considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, All About Eve was one of the first 50 films selected for preservation in the United States Library of Congress' National Film Registry, deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". All About Eve was ranked sixteenth on AFI's 1998 list of the 100 best American films.

Based on reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, 100% of the critics positively reviewed All About Eve, for an average score of 9.21/10. The website's consensus reads, "Smart, sophisticated, and devastatingly funny, All About Eve is a Hollywood classic that only improves with age." Metacritic assigned a weighted average score of 98 out of 100, indicating "universal acclaim".

There have been many uses and adaptions of this film, a 2008 episode of The Simpsons, "All About Lisa," is influenced by this film, in the third season of Gilligan's Island, the episode "All About Eva" concerns a character coming on the island and taking over Ginger's persona, with both roles played by actress Tina Louise. In 2019, a stage adaptation of All About Eve premiered at the Noël Coward Theatre in London, directed by Ivo van Hove and starring Gillian Anderson as Margo Channing and Lily James as Eve Harrington, there are many more examples in popular culture.

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