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The First Wives Club (1996)

PG | | Comedy | 20 September 1996 (USA)
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Reunited by the death of a college friend, three divorced women seek revenge on the husbands who left them for younger women.

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Hugh Wilson

Writers:

Olivia Goldsmith (novel), Robert Harling (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Goldie Hawn ... Elise Elliot Atchison
Bette Midler ... Brenda Morelli Cushman
Diane Keaton ... Annie MacDuggan Paradis
Maggie Smith ... Gunilla Garson Goldberg
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Shelly Stewart
Dan Hedaya ... Morton Cushman
Stockard Channing ... Cynthia Swann Griffin
Victor Garber ... Bill Atchison
Stephen Collins ... Aaron Paradis
Elizabeth Berkley ... Phoebe LaVelle
Marcia Gay Harden ... Dr. Leslie Rosen
Bronson Pinchot ... Duarto Feliz
Jennifer Dundas ... Chris Paradis
Eileen Heckart ... Catherine MacDuggan
Philip Bosco ... Uncle Carmine
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Storyline

After years of helping their hubbies climb the ladder of success, three wives have been dumped for newer, curvier models. But the trio is determined to turn their pain into gain. They come up with a cleverly devious plan to hit their exes where it really hurts - in the wallet! Sit back and watch the sparks fly as The Wives get mad, get even and get it all. Justice has seldom been so sweet. Or so much fun. Written by Anonymous

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Don't get mad. Get everything. See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The First Wives Club See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,913,411, 22 September 1996

Gross USA:

$105,489,203

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$181,489,203
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The last feature film of Eileen Heckart. See more »

Goofs

When the three women have lunch after the funeral, Annie says Elise has not changed in the 20 years since they graduated but when she talks about Aron, she says they had been married for 25 years. See more »

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Brenda: Ya know I wonder how drunk Cynthia was when she decided to do a jack knife off Park Avenue.
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Referenced in New Girl: Secrets (2012) See more »

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You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me
Written by Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal and Pierre Norman
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Silly, fun movie
22 December 2000 | by jruwaldtSee all my reviews

This is a silly movie with plenty of entertaining comedy. Any male-bashing in it is clearly intended in good fun, even if it's dead serious for the characters. I found absolutely nothing offensive about this film, recognizing it for the light-hearted fun it is. A lot of men ARE scum. This just isn't the sort of comedy where generalizations and stereotypes are dangerous and offensive. In contrast, I was rather frustrated by Waiting to Exhale, because I felt it was too serious in its male-bashing. The women in First Wives Club seemed clever and delightfully devious, whereas the women in Waiting to Exhale seemed to prefer to sit around discussing how evil men are and plotting bits of petty revenge that showed how superior they are, not to mention setting fire to their husbands' property. First Wives Club takes a more constructive and intelligent approach to the problem and does so with much hilarity. I don't see how anyone can be offended by something as fun as this. I also find a comparison to Birth of a Nation to be very stretched, particularly since the attitudes in First Wives Club are not as dangerous, and, as I have reiterated several times, they are not intended to be serious. Overall, I would rate this film at least a seven.


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