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Director:
Writers:
Ira Levin (novel)
William Goldman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 February 1975 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Something strange is happening in the town of Stepford. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(23 articles)
Paranoid celluloid: conspiracy on film
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 7 February 2014, 4:06 PM, PST)

10 remarkable things about The Swarm
 (From Den of Geek. 30 September 2013, 10:17 AM, PDT)

'The World's End' ... Stepford Men ... Ekk!
 (From The Wrap. 26 August 2013, 1:40 PM, PDT)

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Cast

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Directed by
Bryan Forbes 
 
Writing credits
Ira Levin (novel)

William Goldman (screenplay)

Produced by
Gustave M. Berne .... executive producer
Roger M. Rothstein .... associate producer
Edgar J. Scherick .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Small 
 
Cinematography by
Owen Roizman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Timothy Gee 
 
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Gene Callahan 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Drumheller 
 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
 
Makeup Department
Andy Ciannella .... makeup artist
Enrico Cortese .... makeup artist
Romaine Greene .... hairdresser
Dick Smith .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Neil A. Machlis .... unit manager (as Neil Machlis)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Haley .... second assistant director (as Mike Haley)
Peter R. Scoppa .... first assistant director (as Peter Scoppa)
 
Art Department
Don Bachardy .... drawings
Stanley Cappiello .... scenic artist
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... property master
 
Sound Department
Janet Davidson .... sound editor
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor
James Sabat .... sound mixer
Dick Vorisek .... re-recording mixer: Trans Audio Inc.
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Enrique Bravo .... camera operator
Muky .... still photographer
Gary Muller .... second assistant camera
Tom Priestley Jr. .... first assistant camera (as Tom Priestly Jr.)
Dusty Wallace .... gaffer
Robert Ward .... key grip (as Bob Ward)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Peggy Farrell .... wardrobe
George Newman .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Patrick McMahon .... assistant editor
Irving Rathner .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Suzanne Ciani .... musician: electronic music
Michael Small .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Raymond Hartwick .... transportation
 
Other crew
B.J. Bjorkman .... script supervisor
Robert Ellis .... titles
Martin Fribush .... executive: Fadsin Cinema Associates
Shari Leibowitz .... production secretary
Gaetano Lisi .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kay Summersby .... fashion consultant (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
115 min | UK:100 min (2004 DVD release) | UK:110 min (2001 DVD release)
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Color (TVC)
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Trivia:
Director Bryan Forbes claims Diane Keaton turned the role of Joanna down the night before signing her contract, because her analyst got "bad vibes" from the script.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Bobbie Markowe:I think there's something in the water that turns us into house-fraus!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Queer as Folk: Episode #5.5" (2005)See more »

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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
The Perfect Wife, 9 April 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

She is a meticulous housekeeper, flawless cook, thrifty shopper, adoring mother, perfect wife, always well groomed, always ready to please. But not, of course, a career woman, particularly if her success makes her husband feel belittled. Even today, more than thirty years after Ira Levin's bestseller startled the reading public, we are likely to refer to such a woman as "a Stepford wife"--a creature who seems both perfect and perfectly shallow.

The 1974 film version follows the Levin novel quite closely. Joanna Eberhart is a beautiful young woman of the era in which the women's moment had come of age: intelligent, forthright, and meeting her husband on equal terms. Then she, her husband, and their children move from New York to the small town of Stepford, where she is dismayed to find that most of the neighboring women seem engaged in a competition to have the neatest house, the best-groomed children, the most satisfied husband. Joanna is relieved to find women like herself in newcomers Bobbie and Charmaine, but even so, it seems... odd. So odd that she begins to question her sanity.

The film works on several levels, not the least of which is the macabre sense of humor with which director Byran Forbes endows the film: it is often very funny in a disquieting sort of way, as when Joanna and Bobbie's efforts to start a women's group results in a gathering of perfectly manicured women exchanging recipes and comparing floor polishes, or when Joanna and Bobbie accidentally overhear a Stepford couple making love. But for all the wittiness involved, THE STEPFORD WIVES is rooted in the women's movement of the 1970s, an era in which "a woman's place" was hotly debated on a national level. Just what is "a woman's place?" And to what lengths might men go to keep their women in traditional roles? Unlike many similar films, THE STEPFORD WIVES has tremendous restraint--and moreover a truly exceptional cast. Katherine Ross' talents were never before or after so well used, and Paula Prentiss gives perhaps her single most memorable performance here as Joanna's friend Bobbie. The supporting cast is equally fine, most particularly so with Patrick O'Neal as the unnerving "Diz" and a nice turn by Tina Louise as Charmaine.

Ultimately, THE STEPFORD WIVES is something of a "one trick pony:" it works best on a first viewing, when you don't know what's coming, and on subsequent viewings the film tends to read as unnecessarily slow. Even so, it is an interesting little cultural artifact, an "almost classic" that is sure to give you pause the next time your better half announces he is joining a men's club. Recommended.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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