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The Stepford Wives (1975)

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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Something strange is happening in the town of Stepford. Where the men spend their nights doing something secret. And every woman acts like every man's dream of the "perfect" wife. Where a young woman watches the dream become a nightmare. And sees the nightmare engulf her best friend. And realizes that any moment, any second - her turn is coming. See more »


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12 February 1975 (USA)  »

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Die Frauen von Stepford  »

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Feminists criticized his movie as being misogynistic for portraying a town full of women who are turned into docile robotic sex slaves. Castmembers like Peter Masterson insist that this was "exactly the point"; that the movie was presenting society's sexism, not endorsing it. The critical community is torn on this issue. The book itself, when judged on its own merits, seems to be a straightforward feminist allegory. But then again when judged in comparison with other writings in Levin's cannon; like Deathtrap and Rosemary's Baby; it becomes clear that Levin does dwell on and seem to revel in descriptions of housewives being victimized. See more »

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As the Eberharts enter Stepford for the first time riding in their station wagon, Joanna's head scarf disappears and reappears several times as the scenes change. See more »

Quotes

Raymond Chandler: [Looking over report] Well, I can say right off the bat that, ah - you got water in your water.
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Referenced in The Ray Bradbury Theater: Marionettes, Inc. (1985) See more »

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Mary Stuart Masterson hasn't changed a bit!
6 April 2005 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Katharine Ross gives her best performance in this modern day horror / science fiction masterpiece. For odd, but explainable reasons, the Stepford Wives looks a little like Suspiria and I Spit on Your Grave. Since it was shot in the 1970's, the movie is somewhat of a time machine that allows us to look back at a different time. The ending's climax makes the movie a true horror movie as the hallway's of the Men's Association looks a lot like the Girl's Dance Conservatory in Suspiria. The look of the movie seems low budget at times, but this simple use of direction and story telling adds to the setting of Stepford. Ross is perfect for the role. It is a giant slap in the face when Ross sees her robot-like self with bigger breasts that her. This adds to the idea of Men wanting to control their wives and wanting certain things from them. Even for the 1970's, this is a giant push back to the 1950's with human / women's rights. Scary and utterly horrific by the end, the Stepford Wives is a success as the movie makes its audience think.


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