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Edward G. Robinson,
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Anna Katharina Schwabroh,
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
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In the end, when Joanna returns to her home to get the children to escape Stepford, it is dark out. When confronted by her husband, she runs upstairs to her room, the hall is lit by daylight. See more »
Carol Van Sant:
[after a fender bender]
This is all so silly... it's just my head. This is all so silly... it's just my head. This is all so silly... it's just my head...
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Deliberate and chilling thriller that's dated, but not totally irrelevant
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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