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The Stepford Wives (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi | 11 June 2004 (USA)
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The secret to a Stepford wife lies behind the doors of the Men's Association.

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Frank Oz

Writers:

Ira Levin (book), Paul Rudnick (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Joanna Eberhart
Matthew Broderick ... Walter Kresby
Bette Midler ... Bobbie Markowitz
Glenn Close ... Claire Wellington
Christopher Walken ... Mike Wellington
Roger Bart ... Roger Bannister
David Marshall Grant ... Jerry Harmon
Jon Lovitz ... Dave Markowitz
Dylan Hartigan ... Pete Kresby
Fallon Brooking ... Kimberly Kresby
Faith Hill ... Sarah Sunderson
Matt Malloy ... Herb Sunderson
Kate Shindle ... Beth Peters
Tom Riis Farrell ... Stan Peters
Lorri Bagley ... Charmaine Van Sant
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Joanna Eberhart, a wildly successful president of a TV Network, after a series of shocking events, suffers a nervous breakdown and is moved by her milquetoast of a husband, Walter, from Manhattan to the chic, upper-class, and very modern planned community of Stepford, Connecticut. Once there, she makes good friends with the acerbic Bobbie Markowitz, a Jewish writer who's also a recovering alcoholic. Together they find out, much to their growing stupor and-then horror, that all the housewives in town are strangely blissful and, somehow... doomed. What is going on behind the closed doors of the Stepford Men's Association and the Stepford Day Spa? Why is everything perfect here? Will it be too late for Joanna and Bobbie when they finally find out? Written by Miguel Cane <stepford@yahoo.com>

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Are you a Stepford wife? Are you a Stepford husband? Couple, ask yourselves: Would you move to Stepford? See more »


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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Reunites Matthew Broderick with his Biloxi Blues (1988) co-star Christopher Walken. See more »

Goofs

At the picnic, background actors change hairdos from shot to shot. They look different outside than when they are square dancing. See more »

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[first lines]
Helen Devlin: Ladies and gentlemen, I would now like to introduce a legend in our industry. She's the most successful president in the history of our network and for the past five years has kept us at the very top of the ratings.
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Crazy Credits

The opening titles are shown alongside various vintage clips from the 1950s of women operating high-tech (for the time) appliances. See more »

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It Might as Well Be Spring
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by The Arthur Murray Orchestra
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Quite a Let-down
22 August 2004 | by audracaitlyn06See all my reviews

I went to see this movie for the sole reason of seeing Glenn Close, whom is a very great actress. Many people had also commented on how great the original was, so I was ready to see this supposedly great film. I was utterly disappointed. Obviously not sticking to the exact script of the original, the whole thing smelled of modern humor gone terribly bad.

Nicole Kidman's character was, at times, convincing. Bette Midler's character was an obvious replay of her previous roles. Glenn Close's character was absolutely unconvincing. But the worst ever was Matthew Broderick's character. I just wanted to cry after watching him flounder about in the depthless role of the weak-then-suddenly-brave and-bad husband. And I'm quite sure the original Stepford Wives didn't have a gay couple--intended, I guess to put a modern twist on it. The characters didn't have pasts; they didn't have reasons to act the way they did. This small detail drove me up a wall: Faith Hill's character has a "blow out" at the party and sparks fly out of her ears. Another wife spits out money like an ATM. It is later revealed that the wives aren't robots; they're merely brainwashed. So tell me how a normal person shoots sparks out of their ears and money out of their mouths? It doesn't make sense!

This movie could have been so much better if someone would have actually read the script and then threw it away and wrote something more meaningful. At the end of the movie, I was left there wondering what its point was.

But there is one redeeming quality in the movie: the 1950s styled costumes. They were bright, well fitted, and the only thing interesting on the show. So if you are really into the costume thing, just grit your teeth and sit through this hopelessly ridiculous movie.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Greenwich, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,406,781, 13 June 2004

Gross USA:

$59,484,742

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,370,127
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