Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Women at West Point is a close-order-drill soap opera inspired by the Point's first women cadets, who entered the school as "plebes" in 1976. Unable to dwell upon the lives and times of all 119 women, the film concentrates upon ever-victimized plebe Linda Purl. What could have been an entertaining, informative film spirals downward quickly to the usual "Freshman Hell Week" stuff. The script continually condemns the sexism of the male upperclassmen, but the lascivious dialogue exchanges about underwear, "plumbing" and mammary glands is annoying sexist in itself. More disheartening is the fact that Women at West Point was directed by Hollywood veteran Vincent Sherman, who in happier times had directed some of the best "independent female" films of the 1940s, starring the likes of Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Ida Lupino. The biggest disappointment of all: Women of West Point falls to mention that of the original 119 female plebes, 64 made it to graduation--a fact infinitely more inspiring than anything in this TV movie.
cadet, woman, tradition, military, overcome