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The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

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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Something wicked this way comes. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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12 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las brujas de Eastwick  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$63,766,510 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Bill Murray was originally cast to play Daryl Van Horne. See more »

Goofs

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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Referenced in 30 Rock: Leap Day (2012) See more »

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Nessun Dorma
from the Opera "Turandot"
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Luciano Pavarotti with John Alldis Choir (as The John Alldis Choir) and London Philharmonic Orchestra (as The London Philharmonic Orchestra),
Conducted by Zubin Mehta
Courtesy of London Records, a division of PolyGram Classic, Inc.
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I don't see anything funny here
20 September 2014 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

I have a sense of humor. I like many different kinds of humor. I like more or less sophisticated comedies. I'm open for experiments. I really wanted to like "Witches of Eastwick". I tried really hard . I've even seen the movie twice , but I simply don't like it.

On paper this movie looks interesting. Directed by George Miller ("Mad Max") with all-star cast – Jack Nicholson ("Chinatown") , Susan Sarandon ("Atlantic city") , Michelle Pfeiffer ("Dangerous liaisons") and Cher ("Mask") plus unusual idea (three women with magical powers versus Satan). So , what went wrong ? The movie is simply unfunny.

I liked the performances of the cast. The special effects look really good even after all those years. As I said earlier the idea for this movie is original and interesting. The movie does say something about mentality of small town society and the desires of women.

The movie however is no fun. It's supposed to be horror-comedy , yet it fails as both horror and comedy. It's not scary , but what is worse is that is not one bit funny. I honestly don't see where all the jokes are. Where are the moments when I was supposed to laugh ? Can somebody tell me ? I can't even say that this movie has forced humor , because I don't see ANY humor here. The whole movie feels like the movie makers were having fun with special effects , but nothing more.

"Witches of Eastwick" are dull compared to "Beetlejuice" or "Gremlins". The whole movie is too self indulgent and self serious to be funny. I give it 2/10.


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