The Butcher's Wife (1991)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy  |  25 October 1991 (USA)
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A clairvoyant thinks she's met her husband to be because she's seen him in her dreams. They marry quickly, and return to the husband's ("the butcher"), home in the city. She has a big ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Alex Tremor
Leo Lemke
Stella Keefover
Robyn Graves
Helen Hanft ...
Christopher Durang ...
Mr. Liddle
Charles Pierce ...
Elizabeth Lawrence ...
Grammy D'Arbo
Stephanie Laurence ...
Choir Student
Barry Neikrug ...


A clairvoyant thinks she's met her husband to be because she's seen him in her dreams. They marry quickly, and return to the husband's ("the butcher"), home in the city. She has a big impact on everyone she meets by anticipating their questions and actions and advising them on their love life. Her interference then brings her into contact with the real man of her dreams. Written by Rob Hartill

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It's not about meat, it's about magic. See more »


Comedy | Fantasy


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Release Date:

25 October 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mulher do Açougueiro  »

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$9,689,816 (USA)

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Demi Moore took over the lead role after Meg Ryan dropped out. See more »


On the opening shot, a long sweeping fly past the lighthouse, you can see the reflection of the helicopter blades in the lighthouse windows. See more »


Robyn Graves: Why do we waste our time with men!
Grace: [who is a lesbian] Not all of us do.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Farley (1998) See more »


By Caroline Buckley, Sally Herbert and Roger wallow
Performed by Banderas
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products
A division of PolyGram Group Distribution, Inc.
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The cast took this comedy seriously, so why shouldn't we?
6 February 2007 | by (Wisconsin, USA) – See all my reviews

What a treat to catch this movie on a HD channel recently; yes, it is "Schlocky-wood", but it's done as a carefully crafted ensemble piece. And what an ensemble! The cast has some great moments, especially for Demi Moore and Jeff Daniels. But there are some "characters in the background" who would become well known for performances yet to come (e.g., Frances McDormand in "Fargo" and Miriam Margoyles as Prof. Sprout in the Harry Potter series). This is an enjoyable, humorous, ironic, feel-good movie... you surely won't have to apologize for crude language or over-the-top violence in any scene (well, you will have to get used to Demi's full length blonde hair, and after "G. I. Jane" that may be tough to do).

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