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The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

 -  Comedy | Fantasy | Horror  -  12 June 1987 (USA)
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Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted - at a cost - when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives.

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All three previously married but now single, best friends sculptress Alex Medford, cellist Jane Spofford and writer Sukie Ridgemont are feeling emotionally and sexually repressed, in large part due to the traditional mores overriding their small New England coastal town of Eastwick. After their latest conversation lamenting about the lack of suitable men in Eastwick and describing the qualities they are looking for in a man, mysterious Daryl Van Horne and his equally mysterious butler Fidel arrive in town. Despite being vulgar, crude, brazen and not particularly handsome, Daryl manages to be able to tap into the innermost emotions of the three friends, and as such manages to seduce each. In turn, the three women blossom emotionally and sexually. After an incident involving one of the town's leading citizens, the ultra conservative Felicia Alden, the three women begin to understand how and why Daryl is able to mesmerize them so fully. The three decide to experiment with some powers ... Written by Huggo

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Three beautiful Witches, One lucky Devil See more »

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$63,766,510 (USA)
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A small woodcarving shop in Scituate, Massachusetts was commissioned to hand-carve all of the signs for the shops shown in the movie, including The Eastwick Word. After filming, The Eastwick Word sign was converted into a coffee table for one of the executives involved with the film. See more »

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When Felicia is in the hospital bed, the cast on her leg goes up her thigh. However, later, when she is at home she lifts up her skirt and we can see that the cast only goes up to her knee. See more »

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[first lines]
Carol Medford: You don't have to come today, you know, I mean, if you don't want to.
Alexandra Medford: No, sweetheart, I want to, it's just that I have a million things I have to do first.
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The devil is in the details
20 March 2000 | by (Detroit) – See all my reviews

John Updike has written some wonderful novels. I can only think the reason they haven't been adapted to film is that their strengths lie more in their verbal felicities than in the kind of forceful plotting and characterization Hollywood loves.

I don't think The Witches of Eastwick is any more suited to movie adaptation than, say, Couples or "S." It succeeds so well, with only a little tweaking, that it makes you wonder what we've been missing.

The chief glory of this movie is the beautifully detailed production. You can't precisely capture Updike's masterful use of the language on film, but the careful attention paid to the minutiae of the three witches' lives and the town they inhabit is the best approximation I've ever seen. You can't take your eyes off this movie. I've read a lot of praise for Jack Nicholson, in the role of the devil, but I think he might be the weakest element. The production itself is the real star here.

Highest recommendation.


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