Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Director: Larry Peerce Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Henry Fonda, Helmut Berger



A woman undergoes a surgeon's scalpel in a last-ditch attempt to win back her husband in this drama. Barbara Sawyer (Elizabeth Taylor) has been married to her husband, Mark (Henry Fonda), for 30 years, and she's afraid the spark has gone out of their relationship. Barbara is convinced the problem is her appearance -- the years have taken a heavy toll on her, and her haggard, saggy appearance is a far cry from the beauty she possessed in her youth. Determined to save her marriage, Barbara checks into a clinic in Switzerland for extensive plastic surgery, and arranges to meet Mark at a nearby ski lodge once she's recovered. After having her face, breasts, and bottom lifted, Barbara leaves the hospital looking as beautiful as Elizabeth Taylor, and as she waits for Mark to arrive in Switzerland, she allows herself to be seduced by Erich (Helmut Berger), a handsome young playboy, to prove to herself she has regained her allure. However, her new face and figure isn't enough to save her marriage when Mark informs her he's decided to leave her for another woman. Ash Wednesday features detailed footage of actual plastic surgical procedures, some of which were far too bloody for the comfort of most audiences.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/1998
UPC: 0097360865738
Original Release: 1973
Source: Paramount

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elizabeth Taylor Barbara Sawyer
Henry Fonda Mark Sawyer
Helmut Berger Erich
Keith Baxter David
Maurice Teynac Dr. Lambert
Andre Eszterhazy Comte D'Arnoud
Carlo Purl Paolo
Henning Schluter Bridge Player
Kathy Van Lypps Mandy
Ilina Wassilchikoff Silvana Del Campo
Jose de Vega Tony Gutierrez
Rodolfo Lodi Prince Von Essen
Dino Mele Mario
Jill Pratt Simone
Dina Sassoli Nurse Lisa
Margaret Blye Kate Sawyer
Monique Van Vooren German Woman

Technical Credits
Larry Peerce Director
Phillip Abramson Art Director
Steve Barnett Asst. Director
David Dockendorf Sound/Sound Designer
Dominick Dunne Producer
Basil Fenton-Smith Sound/Sound Designer
Ennio Guarnieri Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Marion Rothman Editor
Jean-Claude Tramont Screenwriter

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