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      A Woman Rebels

      1936 1 hr. 26 min. Drama List
      Reviews 29% 100+ Ratings Audience Score A Victorian-era woman struggles to break free of the moral codes established by society and enforced by her father. Read More Read Less

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      Steve D Hepburn at her best. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/01/24 Full Review Murty C "A Woman Rebels " (1936) is a pretty taut story for 90% of the movie but peters out in the last 10%. Almost as if they didn't know how to end the movie. Or ran out of funds. The plot itself is a little interesting, about the "New Woman" in Victorian England, although the "New Woman" seems to belong to the upper class. There is a half-hearted attempt to deal with the problems of the poor but that is quickly forgotten in the complications which ensue from Katherine Hepburn's indiscretions in her youth. She duly achieves literary and, apparently, material success, for we always see her in finery, in an upper class home, surrounded by servants. All those defects aside, what kept me glued to the screen was Katherine Hepburn - she was absolutely marvelous and I forgot all the incongruities in the movie. Nevertheless, the ending made me scratch my head - even she couldn't wave it away. (Another aspect of the ending was the sudden materialization of her father out of nowhere; I had presumed that he was long dead.) Watch this movie for Ms. Hepburn, everything else is very forgettable. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/17/22 Full Review Audience Member good weepie or women's pic Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member A Woman Rebels (1936) -- [5.0] -- It presents a peek at the feminist persona for which Katharine Hepburn would later become famous, but "A Woman Rebels" is a little too melodramatic for my taste, and its narrative loses steam in the last few reels. With the Hays Code firmly in place, the script tiptoes around subjects like Hepburn's illegitimate baby and her sister's unfortunate miscarriage, but you can piece two and two together. The Code actually makes these less exploited aspects of the story among the more interesting. Other parts of the movie, like Donald Crisp's over-the-top chauvenistic father character and Hepburn's questionable resolve to raise her daughter as her niece, are far more difficult to swallow. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Katharine Hepburn is an inspiration to us all as she plays Pamela, a young woman who rebels against the norms of the society to be an independant lady. Enjoyable, touching and highly amusing. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member I love Hepburn but this was AWFUL. Stilted storyline, stiff acting, and lots of over-emoting by all involved. See it only for the gorgeous early Hepburn doing her spirited best to make a mark in Hollywood. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine A Woman Rebels seemed a long sad struggle, not only for the people on the screen but for those in the audience. Aug 7, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A Victorian-era woman struggles to break free of the moral codes established by society and enforced by her father.
      Mark Sandrich
      Executive Producer
      B.B. Kahane
      Anthony Veiller, Ernest Vajda
      Production Co
      RKO Pictures
      Original Language
      Release Date (DVD)
      Apr 20, 2009