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Marilyn Monroe - The Final Days (2001)

Documentary

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Nearly 40 years after Marilyn Monroe's death halted production on 20th Century Fox's light comedy Something's Got To Give, this celebration of the ultimate screen goddess offers viewers the world premiere of the 37-minute reconstruction of the Hollywood icon's final film. It is one last look at a film that might have been - and a star who will live forever on screen. Using state-of-the-art digital technology, footage was painstakingly restored to its original CinemaScope splendor. Arranged as it would have appeared on the big screen, the film reveals the sweet and always stunning screen performance of Monroe playing the part of a wife and mother. Combined with never-before-seen make-up and hair tests, photographs from famed photographer George Barris and interviews with those closest to her during her final days, this two-hour special reveals the tragic last months in the life of Marilyn Monroe. Produced with the cooperation of the Marilyn Monroe Estate, this documentary candidly discloses Marilyn's battle with the studio and director George Cukor over the creative direction of the film. It also chronicles her personal struggles with her physical and psychological health which resulted in her chronic absences from the set. As production crumbled without its star, something had to give...and tragically, on August 5, 1962, it was the life of Marilyn Monroe, dying of an apparent drug overdose and bringing the final chapter of the film to a close - until now.

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Cast
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James Coburn

Narrator
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Gene Allen

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Steve Allen

Himself (archive footage)
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Lauren Bacall

Herself (archive footage)
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George Barris

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Walter Bernstein

Himself
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Humphrey Bogart

Himself (archive footage)
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David Brown

Himself
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Cyd Charisse

Herself
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Wally Cox

Himself (archive footage)
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George Cukor

Himself (archive footage)
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Joe DiMaggio

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Empress Farah

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Hyman Engelberg

Himself (as Hyman Engelberg M.D.)
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Cary Grant

Himself (archive footage)
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Alexandra Heilweil

Herself (archive footage)
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Bob Hope

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Nunnally Johnson

Himself (archive footage)
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Van Johnson

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John F. Kennedy

Himself (archive footage)
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Robert F. Kennedy

Himself (archive footage)
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Peter Lawford

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Dean Martin

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John McGiver

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Richard Meryman

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Arthur Miller

Himself (archive footage)
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Marilyn Monroe

Herself (archive footage)
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Evelyn Moriarty

Herself
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Robert Christopher Morley

Himself (archive footage)
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Eunice Murray

Herself (archive footage)
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Patricia Newcomb

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Sheree North

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Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi

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Richard Raguse

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Ginger Rogers

Herself (archive footage)
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Peggy Shannon

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Phil Silvers

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Red Skelton

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Lee Strasberg

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Paula Strasberg

Herself (archive footage)
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Susan Strasberg

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Elizabeth Taylor

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Henry T. Weinstein

Himself (archive footage)
Crew
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Patty Ivins Specht

Director
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

5/28/2001

Disc Title Front Cover

Marilyn Monroe - The Final Days

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

2/8/2005

Disc Title Front Cover

Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days

(DVD)

5/29/2001

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