Doctors' Wives (1971)

R  |   |  Drama  |  12 March 1971 (France)
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The wives of several high-powered doctors feel neglected due to their husbands' focus on their careers, so they embark on a regimen of sex, drugs and booze.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorrie Dellman
Dr. Peter Brennan
Dr. Dave Randolph
Dr. Joe Gray
Della Randolph
Amy Brennan
Diana Sands ...
Helen Straughn
Maggie Gray
Dist. Atty. Douglas
Jake Porter
Dr. Mort Dellman
Paul McGill
Elaine McGill
Kristina Holland ...
Sybil Carter


The wives of several high-powered doctors feel neglected due to their husbands' focus on their careers, so they embark on a regimen of sex, drugs and booze.

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Meet the women behind the men. Each was a wife and a lover. But not always to the same man. See more »




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12 March 1971 (France)  »

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Frauen der Ärzte  »

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Stella Stevens was originally set to play the role of Lorrie Dellman but lost out to Dyan Cannon. See more »


The Costume Ball
Sung by Cass Elliot (as Mama Cass Elliot)
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Music by Elmer Bernstein
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It's like a hoax on the audience...
9 May 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Before you can even adjust to the tone of this suburban sex-opera, the most colorful character in the cast is given the shaft, with nothing left to occupy the interest except surgery footage and low-watt scandals. A prominent brain surgeon (John Colicos) is arrested for the murder of his wife, but what should the hospital do when they need his talents to save a dying child? Colicos, pursing his lips and acting archly defiant, doesn't strike me as the kind of husband who would kill his cheating spouse and her lover--he's the type who'd want to watch and maybe join in. Written and directed by people who should've known better, "Doctors' Wives" was considered pretty heavy stuff in its day (the first time it ran on network TV, there was a "parental discretion" warning preceding the movie), but its 'raciness' is now rather quaint. Aficionados of '70s cinema will no doubt enjoy Dyan Cannon's wicked cackle, or a young Gene Hackman (with a tidy little mustache), craggy-faced Richard Crenna, and urologist Carroll O'Connor all playing frustrated doctors engaged in a game of musical beds. *1/2 from ****

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