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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:
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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Comedy | Fantasy


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Release Date:

25 October 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

¡Qué linda adivina!  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,442,229, 27 October 1991, Wide Release

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some movie posters featured a long blurb that read: "There's Magic In The Air. She's a psychic who's turning New Yorkers into lovers. Obviously, she's from out of town. The Butcher's Wife". 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 »


Marina Lemke: Well, what I say and what people hear aren't always the same thing. Don't you find that in your calling, Doctor?
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By Lil Armstrong and Don Raye
Performed by Ray Charles
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Demi Moore bold to go with the little known Ocracoke, NC accent...
12 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

I think that Demi Moore was bold to go with the little known Ocracoke, NC accent because most people will probably (wrongly) think that she was doing a very bad job at a North Carolinian/Southern USA accent.

Ocracoke is a small, fisherman's island at the bottom of the North Carolina Outer Banks island chain and is only accessible by ferry. This isolation has kept the accent there mostly unaltered since the 17th century days when it was inhabited by British seamen. The Ocracoke accent sounds like a mixture of Brit and Yank, so what you hear Demi Moore doing in this movie is really quite accurate.

I also enjoyed the cozy portrayal of the Manhattan (NYC) side street neighborhood life. The NYC avenues tend to be wide, impersonal and busy, but the narrower, townhouse and small shop filled side streets can be quite friendly. It gives me some nice, childhood nostalgic memories to see the happier, day-to-day aspect of NYC life shown in this film.

I watch this romantic comedy whenever it is on TV, and I have no complaints about it at all. I find it to be a sweet, feel-good film with occasional hints at magic realism, but without plunging too far into that iffy genre.

I feel that all the players did good jobs, and that the locations and settings felt very true. Nice production values too.

If you like "Moonstruck", then you will probably like "The Butcher's Wife" too.

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