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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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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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12 June 1987 (USA)  »

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$63,766,510 (USA)
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In 2008 John Updike wrote a sequel, "The Widows of Eastwick", to his 1984 "The Witches of Eastwick" novel. To date [August 2013] the film has neither been made nor been developed to be made. See more »

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When Jane is practicing her cello at home and a string breaks, in the next short clip showing her head all four strings are still intact. Later, when Daryl makes her play, the broken string is fixed - they couldn't have replaced it in between as the scene is continuous. 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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Bad luck for the three "witches," great entertainment for us
3 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the old days anyone who strayed from the "truth" was labeled a heretic or a witch. For centuries these people were portrayed as morally bankrupt menaces to society whose "crimes" were punishable by torture and then death. Books were written about them, rarely painting them in a positive light. L. Frank Baum showed that there could be such a thing as good witches when he wrote his 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.' Hollywood too wanted to show both sides of the culture, sometimes seriously and other times it comes out as fluff. The latter is not necessarily a bad thing if done right, which is the case this film based on the novel of the same name. It's not an historical account, but it's not lacking in smarts either and is more than a light comedy.

Pros: Grade A cast, excellent performances by all. A really good story. Full of witty dialogue. Often very funny. Fabulous score. Beautifully photographed. Fast paced. Some really good effects that have held up. Director George Miller, creator of 'Mad Max,' does a really good job here and has some fun.

Cons: Somethings could have used more fleshing out. Seems like it's trying to be too many things at once and doesn't totally succeed in every area.

Final thoughts: Before 'The Craft' and 'Practical Magic' there was 'The Witches of Eastwick.' A highly entertaining and funny near two hours with a cast that you can tell really enjoyed what they were doing. Sure it's a bit messy in the script department, but there's enough goodies to keep the film afloat. Jack Nicholson's performance as the "horny little devil" is worth the price of admission alone, but there's a lot more.

My rating: 4/5


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