Joanna Eberhart has come to the quaint little town of Stepford, Connecticut with her family, but soon discovers there lies a sinister truth in the all too perfect behavior of the female residents.

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The Stepford Wives is about a small suburb where the women happily go about their housework - cleaning, doing laundry, and cooking gourmet meals - to please their husbands. Unfortunately, Bobbie and Joanna discover that the village's wives have been replaced with robots, and Joanna's husband wants in on the action. Written by Kevin <Kibble@vm.temple.edu>

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The 'enhancements' for the Katharine Ross duplicate were done by famed makeup wizard Dick Smith. The actress herself was reportedly very pleased with them. See more »

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When Joanna has first moved into Stepford she is relaxing on the couch holding a drink. Between shots, her drink changes from dark to light color, and the glass from half full to full. See more »

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Joanna Eberhart: I've told you, I messed a little bit with women's lib in New York.
Bobbie Markowe: Didn't we all?
Joanna Eberhart: I'm not contemplating any Maidenform bonfires, but they could certainly use something around here.
Bobbie Markowe: Oh yeah.
Joanna Eberhart: You game?
Bobbie Markowe: I'm game. Boy, am I game!
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Deliberate and chilling thriller that's dated, but not totally irrelevant
24 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So many films involving social commentary are still quite relevant many years after their release. This can be a really frightening thing and you wonder why things haven't changed too much. For instance, John Carpenter's 'They Live' is more than twenty years old now, but it was a comment on things going on at the time that are eerily similar to today. In some ways of course these films are dated, which sometimes can make them seem more like camp. Coming after the start of the Second Wave of the Feminist movement, 'The Stepford Wives' is a story of men who can't accept that their wives want to be successful outside the home. All these years later it can still send shivers up the spine.

Pros: Solid performances from a great ensemble cast. Intelligently written. Suspenseful direction. Good and often chilling score. Dark sense of humor. Perfectly paced. Beautiful cinematography and scenery. A few really eerie scenes and images.

Cons: In some ways quite dated. At least a couple major plot holes.

Final thoughts: Great progress has been made since the time of this film and Ira Levin's novel, that's for sure. The bad news is that there are still men with the mindset of the one's in the movie. Of course when you think about it the concept of turning anyone into a robot so they can cater to your every whim is absurd, but that doesn't mean there aren't people who wish it. A really good old fashioned thriller like they used to make them.

My rating: 4.5/5


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