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

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$105,444,419 (USA) (7 February 1997)
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The scene where Kathie Lee Gifford interviews the three women near the end of the film originally included an exchange between Gifford and Bette Midler that was ultimately cut from the film altogether. Midler asks Gifford, "Where's Frank, Kathie?". When Gifford replies, "He's home taking care of Cody," Midler immediately remarks, "So you think!" The reasons this exchange did not make the final cut are unknown. However, less than a year after the film's premiere, Frank Gifford would be caught by tabloid papers having an extra-marital affair with flight attendant Suzen Johnson. See more »

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When Aaron calls Annie to go to dinner, Annie says hello before picking up the phone instead of waiting until she had the phone to her ear. See more »

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Annie: [having a panic attack] I'm clean! I'm clean! I'm clean!
[Brenda and Elise whack her over the head with some file folders]
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References The Fly (1986) See more »

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A Completely Winning Comedy
12 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE FIRST WIVES CLUB is a sparkling all-star comedy that hits all the right notes and makes you want to cheer out loud while you're watching. This is the story of three former college girlfriends (Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler) who are reunited after many years due to the suicide of a mutual friend (Stockard Channing) and all learn that they have been dumped by their husbands for younger women. They bond and not only plan revenge on their husbands but take their revenge to another unexpected level that is curiously refreshing for a comedy of this type. Keaton, Hawn, and Midler are marvelous as the women out for their ex-husbands'blood. Stephen Collins, Victor Garber, and Dan Hedaya are all on the mark as the scummy ex-husbands. There are funny bits contributed along the way by Rob Reiner as Hawn's plastic surgeon, Sarah Jessica Parker as Hedaya's mistress, Maggie Smith as a wealthy divorcée, Bronson Pinchot as a faux designer, Eileen Heckart as Keaton's mother, and Marcia Gay Harden as Collins'therapist/mistress. A wonderful script is smartly mounted by director Hugh Wilson with an energetic cast to produce a terrific film comedy which can easily be watched several times and discover new pleasures on each viewing.


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