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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One of a number of super-natural films starring Demi Moore. The films include Ghost (1990), Half Light (2006), The Seventh Sign (1988) and The Butcher's Wife (1991). See more »


Stella can be seen holding her bag after she puts it down on Alex's desk. See more »


Leo Lemke: [reading grafetti on window] We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars... Quotation from Oscar Wilde's Lady Windmere's Fan, Act 3, line 305.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Farley (1998) See more »


By Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford
Performed by Julia Fordham
Produced by Peter Asher
Courtesy of Circa Records Ltd./Virgin Records America, Inc.
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17 November 2005 | by (Atlanta, GA (USA)) – See all my reviews

I know, I know, it's basically a boiler-plate piece of Hollywood fluff but I really loved this movie. I am a hopeless romantic and thought this movie captured the essence of falling in love and finding your mate. :)

Jeff Daniels is wonderful as the shrink who can't help himself as his world unravels and falls apart thanks to the whacky Demi Moore character. Demi is perfect as the ditzy but charming butcher's wife. I really liked Mary Steenburgen in this story... she looked beautiful and sang like an angel. I liked all of the little characters too. The music at the end is haunting and perfect for the finale which wasn't surprising but who cares!!!

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