She-Devil (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  8 December 1989 (USA)
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A cunning and resourceful housewife vows revenge on her husband when he begins an affair with a wealthy romance novelist.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elisebeth Peters ...
Bryan Larkin ...
Andy Patchett
Olivia Honey
Mary Louise Wilson ...
Susan Willis ...
Jack Gilpin ...
Nitchie Barrett ...
Bob's Secretary
June Gable ...


Ruth is a wife and mother who tries to please her husband, even though she is fat. But when her husband falls into an affair with a certain romance novelist, Ruth goes bezerk and demands revenge. First she embarresses her husband when his parents come over to dinner. Then when he leaves her for good, Ruth comes up with a list of everything that belongs to her husband then the revenge is to destroy all of it. Because, she's a She Devil! Written by Jason Mechalek

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Revenge Is Sweet... And Low.




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Release Date:

8 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La diabla  »

Box Office


$15,351,421 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The film is dedicated to Dean E. Maitland. The film's dedication at the end of the closing credits states "In loving memory of Dean Maitland 1970-1989". Maitland worked as a sound recordist on the movie. See more »


When Mary Fisher is making faces in the mirror in her bedroom you can see the shadow of the cameraman on her reflection after she puts her white brush down on the dressing table. See more »


Nicolette: What about our clothes?
Ruth: Gone.
Andy Patchett: What about my toys?
Ruth: Gone.
Nicolette: What about my tapes?
Ruth: Gone, everything is gone.
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Referenced in Mad About You: Met Someone (1992) See more »


I Will Survive
Written by Dino Fekaris and Freddie Perren
Performed by Sa-Fire
Provided Courtesy of PolyGram Records
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Not enough praise was given to this little gem...
6 August 2004 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

I will admit from the outset that I have a soft spot for the trio of Seidelman films made in the mid-80's and early 90's-- Desperately Seeking Susan, Making Mr. Right, and this film. There is something playful and quite outrageous about all three of the aforementioned movies with She Devil being the funniest due to great performances by the entire cast, even Roseanne Barr. Although this movie was disregarded by most critics and ignored at the box office, it is truly a funny film with its cartoon-like situations and over-the-top characters. Regardless of what everyone says, check out this film, especially when you find yourself in the mood for a cute and campy movie that is reminiscent of some of the great comedies of the 80's, such as Ruthless People.

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