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She-Devil -- An awkward and fat woman lives in the suburbs with her husband. She becomes a a monster who wants to revenge that her husband was seduced by an authoress who writes trash fiction.


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Writers (WGA):
Fay Weldon (novel)
Barry Strugatz (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
8 December 1989 (USA) See more »
Revenge Is Sweet... And Low.
A cunning and resourceful housewife vows revenge on her husband when he begins an affair with a wealthy romance novelist. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Meryl Streep ... Mary Fisher

Roseanne Barr ... Ruth Patchett

Ed Begley Jr. ... Bob

Linda Hunt ... Hooper

Sylvia Miles ... Mrs. Fisher
Elisebeth Peters ... Nicolette Patchett
Bryan Larkin ... Andy Patchett

A Martinez ... Garcia

Maria Pitillo ... Olivia Honey
Mary Louise Wilson ... Mrs. Trumper
Susan Willis ... Ute
Jack Gilpin ... Larry

Robin Leach ... Himself
Nitchie Barrett ... Bob's Secretary
June Gable ... Realtor
Jeanine Joyce ... Flower Lady

Deborah Rush ... 'People' Reporter

Sally Jessy Raphael ... Herself
Doris Belack ... Paula
Lori Tan Chinn ... Vesta Rose Woman
Joe Pentangelo ... Detective

Mark Steiner ... Valet
Rosanna Carter ... Judge Brown
George Kodisch ... Court Officer
Manny Olmo ... Cook
Alain Jarry ... Alain
John Richard Reynolds ... Book Store Customer
George W.S. Trow ... Douglas (as George Trow)
Cynthia Adler ... Vesta Rose Commercial Voice
Sandra Fine ... Roslyn Artists String Quartet (Director)
Christopher Collins Lee ... Roslyn Artists String Quartet
Julie Signitzer ... Roslyn Artists String Quartet
Scott Wyatt Rawls ... Roslyn Artists String Quartet
Mack Brandon ... The Mack Brandon Duo
Will Ford ... The Mack Brandon Duo
Sally Sockwell ... Guggenheim Party Guest

Larry Marshall ... Guggenheim Party Guest
Mary Marshall ... Mary's Party Guest
R. Patrick Sullivan ... Mary's Party Guest
Anna Marie Winds ... Mary's Party Guest

Steven Chester Prince ... Mary's Party Guest
Martin Snaric ... Mary's Party Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heather Gorecki ... Unnamed (uncredited)
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Directed by
Susan Seidelman 
Writing credits
Fay Weldon (novel "The Life and Loves of a She-Devil")

Barry Strugatz (screenplay) &
Mark R. Burns (screenplay)

Produced by
Jonathan Brett .... producer
G. Mac Brown .... co-producer
Susan Seidelman .... producer
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
Cinematography by
Oliver Stapleton (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Craig McKay 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Production Design by
Santo Loquasto 
Art Direction by
Tom Warren 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Jr. 
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
Makeup Department
Joseph A. Campayno .... makeup artist (as Joseph Campayno)
J. Roy Helland .... hair stylist: Ms. Streep
J. Roy Helland .... makeup artist: Ms. Streep
Werner Sherer .... hair stylist
Production Management
G. Mac Brown .... unit production manager
Jacob F. Conrad .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Timothy J. Lonsdale .... first assistant director: second unit
Andrew Mondshein .... second unit director
Matthew H. Rowland .... dga trainee (as Matthew Rowland)
Daniel M. Stillman .... second assistant director
Glen Trotiner .... first assistant director
Rich Murray .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Michael Badalucco .... prop man
Hal Bock .... head carpenter
Dan Davis .... assistant art director
Frank Didio .... head carpenter
Joseph Grecco .... carpenter
Daniel K. Grosso .... set dresser (as Daniel K. Grasso)
Vincent Guarriello .... key construction grip
Vincent Lawrence .... scenic artist
Glenn Lloyd .... art department coordinator
Amy Marshall .... assistant set decorator
Brick Mason .... production illustrator
James Mazzola .... property master (as Jim Mazzola)
Jeff Mazzola .... assistant property master (as Jeff M. Mazzola)
Tom McDermott .... prop man (as Thomas A. McDermott)
Wayne Moss .... stand-by carpenter
Ron Petagna .... construction coordinator
Vincent Petraglia .... construction grip
Steve Saklad .... assistant art director
Cosmo Sorice .... stand-by scenic
James Sorice .... scenic charge man (as Jim Sorice)
Thomas M. Southern .... scenic artist (as Thomas Southern)
Margot Therre .... scenic artist (as Margo Therre)
Chris Vogt .... set dresser
Dave Weinman .... lead man
Gilbert S. Williams .... assistant to production designer (as Gil Williams)
Sound Department
Catherine Benedek .... apprentice sound editor
Patricia Bowers .... assistant adr editor (as Trissy Bowers)
Kam Chan .... assistant sound editor
Randall Coleman .... adr editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marco Constanzo)
Kay Denmark .... adr boom operator
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
David Grossack .... sound transfer technician
Shari Johanson .... sound re-recordist (as Shari L. Schwartz)
Dan Korintus .... assistant sound editor
Dean E. Maitland .... sound recordist
Tod A. Maitland .... production sound mixer
Douglas Murray .... sound re-recordist (as Douglas L. Murray)
T.J. O'Mara .... boom operator
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith .... sound editor (as Bitty O'Sullivan Smith)
Fred Rosenberg .... sound editor
Dan Sable .... supervising sound editor
Lynn Sable .... assistant sound editor
Diane Schaub .... assistant adr editor
Deborah Wallach .... adr editor
Special Effects by
Connie Brink .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
James G. Anka .... model maker
Phil Gosiewski .... visual effects technician (uncredited)
David Merritt .... model maker: Apogee (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Banks .... generator operator (as Joe Banks Sr.)
John Clifford .... still photographer
John W. DeBlau .... gaffer
Edwin Effrein .... camera trainee (as Edwin A. Effrin)
Richie Ford .... best boy
Thomas Ford .... electrician (as Tommy Ford)
Joel Gold .... camera operator: Pensa Communications Inc.
Ron Kunecke .... musco light operator
Carl Landi .... grip
Eric Leigh .... electrician
Jonathon Leigh .... electrician (as Jonathan Leigh)
Dave Lowry .... dolly grip (as David Lowry Jr.)
Edward W. Lowry .... grip
Martin Lowry .... grip
Gary Muller .... first assistant camera
John Panuccio .... grip
Robert T. Prate .... grip (as Robert Prate)
Tom Prate .... key grip (as Thomas Prate Jr.)
Tom Priestley Jr. .... camera operator (as Tom Priestley)
Andrew Priestley .... second assistant camera
Lance Shepherd .... electrician (as Lance A. Shepherd)
Animation Department
Russell Calabrese .... animator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Jill Greenberg .... principal casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
William A. Campbell .... wardrobe supervisor (as Bill Campbell)
Alba Censoplano .... costumer: Ms. Streep
Lucy W. Corrigan .... costume shopper
Irene Ferrari .... wardrobe: women
George Potts .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Lisa Bromwell .... associate editor
Reid Burns .... color timer
Marty Levenstein .... associate editor
Colleen Sharp .... first assistant editor
Alice Stone .... second assistant editor
Debra C. Victoroff .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Heidi Berg .... music arranger: vocals, main title song
Vince Caro .... assistant scoring engineer
Emile Charlap .... musicians contractor
Susan Demskey-Horiuchi .... assistant music editor (as Susan Demskey)
Homer Denison .... orchestrator
Gay DiFusco .... music clearance: Frincon Entertainment
Michael Farrow .... music recording mixer
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Denine Rowan .... associate music editor (as Denne Rowan)
Denine Rowan .... music editor assistant
Howard Shore .... conductor
David Van Tieghem .... musician: percussion
Brian Eddolls .... music preparation (uncredited)
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
Chris Tergesen .... music engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ed Battista .... driver (as Edward Battista)
Jack Brady .... driver
Ronald Curry .... driver
Ronald Gildea .... driver
Patrick Hogan .... driver
Edward F. Leahy .... driver (as Edward Leahy)
Vincent Rios .... driver
Other crew
Judy Arthur .... publicist
Tamara Bally .... production auditor (as Tamara Bally Boniece)
Vincent Barty .... stand-in: Mr. Begley
Andrew D. Cooke .... location supervisor
Mary Dore .... video research
Fleet Emerson .... assistant: Ms. Fay
Eric Fisher .... production assistant
Jillian C. Flynn .... location assistant (as Jillian Flynn)
Marilyn Fried .... dialogue coach
Jim Frohna .... production assistant
Maureen Garvey .... production assistant
Dean Garvin .... production assistant
Amanda Goess .... production assistant
Gillien Goll .... stand-in: Mr. Barr (as Jillian Goll)
Hannah Green .... production assistant
Bill Gurian .... studio teacher
Jude Aubrey Hindle .... craft service (as Aubrey Hindle)
Sam Hoffman .... production assistant
Ron Honsa .... video production technical director: Pensa Communications Inc.
Thomas A. Imperato .... financial consultant
Edward A. Ioffreda .... assistant production coordinator
Julie Janney .... stand-in: Ms. Streep
Mike Kananack .... production assistant
Mary A. Kelly .... continuity
John Kerr .... production assistant
John Leonidas .... teamster captain
Brian Mannain .... studio manager (as Brian R. Mannain)
Steve McAuliff .... animal trainer
Blair Bellis Mohr .... production coordinator (as Blair Bellis)
Paul Mowry .... assistant: Ms. Seidelman
John Penotti .... production assistant (as John M. Penotti)
Dennis Radesky .... teamster co-captain
Anne Reddington .... location assistant
Jay Ringelstein .... production assistant
Vicki Dee Rock .... assistant auditor
Carley Roney .... production assistant
Tibi Scheflow .... location assistant
Mark Steiner .... craft service
Susan Vitucci .... computer graphic artist
Howard Weiner .... 24 frame video/computer engineer
Tim Williams .... production assistant
Russell Calabrese .... title designer: opening titles (uncredited)
Kyle Cooper .... title designer (uncredited)
Gerry Ferrara .... projectionist (uncredited)
Tammy Maples .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Lyn Pinezich .... location assistant (uncredited)
Grant Harper Reid .... location assistant (uncredited)
Jackie Collins .... special thanks
Don Hines .... special thanks
John Hines .... special thanks
Dean E. Maitland .... in loving memory (as Dean Maitland)
Arnulf Rainer .... special thanks

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99 min
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Did You Know?

Mary Fisher (Meryl Streep) does a "middle finger flip off/glasses push up" move while being interviewed by Sally Jessy Raphael.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Ruth:[switching the nursing home's sedatives with energy pills] Mary Fisher's mother had been enjoying a long, untroubled sleep. It was time to wake her up.See more »
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47 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
In defense of She Devil, 23 September 2001

Reading the comments for this film, two aspects appear as the concentration to the films perceived flaws. The one is a lack of sympathy for Roseanne's character, Ruth. The other is a lack of appreciation for Meryl Streep's performance. Having watched this film many times since it's release, I think I can safely dispute this argument.

This film certainly I feel has all the markings of a cult favorite. It's dark humor, over charged performances as well as the overall look and feel wedges it someplace between "Heathers" and "Ruthless People". More on the nuances that I feel set this film apart from others later, but lets first deal with the Roseann/Streep problem.

Quite frankly, I see no problem. Meryl Streep's Mary Fisher is one of the screens funniest inventions. It seems quite clear to me that she enjoyed playing this role because there is no other way such a wonderful performance could have been created. On a number of occasions, there are lengthy shots with no change of camera where she drives through a range of hilarious emotions. How she handles a scene involving a dog licking her feet while she awakes is tremendous. I feel it is one of her strongest performances; she never turns it off, and always delivers it in the correct dosage.

The issue with Roseanne's character, Ruth, is she is seen as manipulative, uncaring, a monster hell bent on revenge. Ruth, like everything else in this picture is a caricature. This is very much the sort of role we would expect from Roseanne, the domestic goddess taking it all a step further. True, she does wallow in a mean spirited negativity, but it results in a positive outcome for nearly all involved. She takes control of her life and liberates Linda Hunts Nurse Hopper as well as countless women through her Vespa Rose Employment Agency. She returns life to the geriatrics in her care at a nursing home. As a result of Ruth's revenge, Mary Fisher at last becomes recognized as the serious writer she wished to from the start. We even know that Begley's Bob Patchett gets his comeuppance, and accepts it with grace and humility.

There are dozens of touches brought here which make this a movie so enjoyable to watch. Firstly, there is the remarkable physical change in many of the characters as the story progresses. Roseanne goes from looking like a reject from a freak show to a rather zaftig Joan Collins. Linda Hunt and Sylvia Miles likewise transform, and Streep goes from a pink, frosted confection of a romance novelist, to a black turtle necked, bespectacled writer with a gift for the "post modern metaphor". A certain tone is set when the establishing shot of Mary Fisher "pink palace by the sea" reveals her initials, M F, emblazoned on the massive gate. Streep is given countless occasions to do great business for the camera, as in a scene where her complete lack of comprehension in doing laundry leads her to put half a gallon of bleach and several dryer sheets in a washing machine. Best of all, she manages to give the finger to the "serious critics" while on the Sally Jesse Raphale Show. I honestly don't feel this film is as bad as many would like one to think. If you sit back, and let it unfold as I believe it was intended to, you will find a clever picture that has just the correct amount of overarched villainy and cynicism as many of our favorite black comedies.

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