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


PG-13 | See all certifications »




Release Date:

25 October 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mulher do Açougueiro  »

Box Office


$9,689,816 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Actress Demi Moore sports blonde hair in this movie. Moore's hair is usually a dark brunette color. See more »


The opening and closing scenes supposedly show Marina in her Ocracoke (NC) home, but the tall, diamond-patterned lighthouse actually stands at Cape Lookout, about 45 miles down the coast from Ocracoke. Ocracoke has its own, much-photographed lighthouse, a shorter, white tower. See more »


Robyn Graves: [as Harper on TV]
Robyn Graves: Oh, oh! Oh, Chauncey! Chauncey! I told you one of us would end up hurt.
Robyn Graves: Why does everything I touch... die?
Molly: It's the gun, sweetheart.
[turns off TV set]
Molly: The *gun*!
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Referenced in The Bad Boys of Saturday Night Live (1998) See more »


By John E. Oliver and Jonathan Wolff
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sweet, charming and lovely!
19 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I just love, love, love this film. The cast is perfect, right down to all the bit-parts. At first I was bothered by DM's accent (& her blonde hair is a shame) but the sweet script transcends all that.

All the characters are pitch perfect, the lines so funny & the message inspiring! The locations are also great, I don't know where this is in NYC, but I would love to live there!

I think Jeff Daniels is simply brilliant in this film, and Mary Steenbergen too. The scene where DM tells her she's a singer is lovely & the sparky scenes between JD & DM are so sweet and funny too!

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