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The First Wives Club (1996)

PG | | Comedy | 20 September 1996 (USA)
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Reunited by the death of a college friend, three divorced women seek revenge on the husbands who left them for younger women.



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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Morton Cushman
Dr. Leslie Rosen
Duarto Feliz
Chris Paradis
Catherine MacDuggan
Uncle Carmine Morelli


After years of helping their hubbies climb the ladder of success, three wives have been dumped for newer, curvier models. But the trio is determined to turn their pain into gain. They come up with a cleverly devious plan to hit their exes where it really hurts - in the wallet! Sit back and watch the sparks fly as The Wives get mad, get even and get it all. Justice has seldom been so sweet. Or so much fun. Written by Anonymous

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Getting even... this fall. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El club de las divorciadas  »

Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,913,411 (USA) (20 September 1996)


$105,444,419 (USA) (7 February 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jennifer Lawrence quoted this movie in her acceptance speech for the 2013 Golden Globes. Jennifer started her speech with "I beat Meryl" See more »


The level of champagne in the glasses when the women pledge to get revenge on their husbands. See more »


Elise: I'm unhappy, Maurice!
Maurice: And I'm going to get you that coffee.
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I Will Survive
Written by Dino Fekaris and Freddie Perren (as Freddy Perren)
Performed by Chantay Savage
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A comedy, perhaps...but there are also MANY dark moments and a deeper message.
6 November 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

If you watch "The First Wives Club" because you need a good laugh, perhaps you should try another film. Yes, it clearly has some funny moments but it also is filled with dark ones--and a message you wouldn't expect to find in a simple comedy. You KNOW it's going to be a dark film at the beginning, as a lady whose husband has left her takes her own life. This horrible event brings some of her old friends to the funeral--and there they compare notes and see that they, too, were used and cast aside by their husbands--husbands who have no replaced them with trophy wives. So, the three friends (Bette Midler, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn) concoct a plan--a plan that involves fleecing their unfaithful ex-husbands and creating a club for wives going through the same sort of situations they have.

As I said, there are some dark moments and some funny ones. But the film never falls to the level of slapstick or becomes mostly comedy--but a mix. Some may not like this and the film is a bit heavy-handed at times, but the overall film is well worth seeing and has a decent feminist message. Worth seeing.

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