Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

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Release Year: 2017

Rating: 6.6/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Angela Robinson

Stars: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote

Details the unconventional life of Dr. William Marston, the Harvard psychologist and inventor who helped invent the modern lie detector test and created Wonder Woman in 1941. Marston was in a polyamorous relationship with his wife Elizabeth, a psychologist and inventor in her own right, and Olive Byrne, a former student who became an academic. This relationship was key to the creation of Wonder Woman, as Elizabeth and Olive's feminist ideals were ingrained in the character from her creation. Marston died of skin cancer in 1947, but Elizabeth and Olive remained a couple and raised their and Marston's children together. The film is said to focus on how Marston dealt with the controversy surrounding Wonder Woman's creation.

Luke Evans - William Moulton Marston
Rebecca Hall - Elizabeth Marston
Bella Heathcote - Olive Byrne
Connie Britton - Josette Frank
Monica Giordano - Mary
JJ Feild - Charles Guyette
Chris Conroy - Brant Gregory
Oliver Platt - M.C. Gaines
Maggie Castle - Dorothy Roubicek
Alexa Havins - Molly Stewart
Sharon Kubo - Kate
Allie Gallerani - Sara
Christopher Jon Gombos - Fred Stewart (as Chris Gombos)
Forry Buckingham - Doctor
Stacy Fischer - Linda

Taglines: Meet the women behind the man behind the woman.


Official Website: Official site

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2017

Filming Locations: Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

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Did You Know?

Marston also invented the polygraph, AKA the Lie Detector. Perhaps not coincidentally, Wonder Woman's lasso makes people tell the truth. See more »


User Review


Rating: 8/10

Powerful script crafted into a beautiful movie that I liked very much. My only grievance is that the Director chose not to portray all three legs of the tripod in the same light and hence the movie comes across as another romantic movie instead of showing how tantalizingly tumultuous polyamorous relationships are. They are so much more than two human beings of any sex being attracted to each other. Two plus one becomes four or five or so much more but certainly not three. One minute of the scene in a similar vein in House of Cards captures that passion more so than I could locate anywhere in this movie. Hall played her role perfectly and seemed natural in a triad. While this was a missed opportunity, I am glad this movie was made and an interesting story was shared and for that I am very thankful to TIFF and the Director.


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