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Writers (WGA):
Olivia Goldsmith (novel)
Robert Harling (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 September 1996 (USA) See more »
Getting even... this fall. See more »
Reunited by the death of a college friend, three divorced women seek revenge on the husbands who left them for younger women. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Goldie Hawn ... Elise Elliot

Bette Midler ... Brenda Cushman

Diane Keaton ... Annie Paradis

Maggie Smith ... Gunilla Garson Goldberg

Sarah Jessica Parker ... Shelly Stewart

Dan Hedaya ... Morton Cushman

Stockard Channing ... Cynthia Swann Griffin

Victor Garber ... Bill Atchison

Stephen Collins ... Aaron Paradis

Elizabeth Berkley ... Phoebe LaVelle

Marcia Gay Harden ... Dr. Leslie Rosen

Bronson Pinchot ... Duarto Feliz

Jennifer Dundas ... Chris Paradis

Eileen Heckart ... Catherine MacDuggan

Philip Bosco ... Uncle Carmine Morelli

Rob Reiner ... Dr. Morris Packman

James Naughton ... Gilbert Griffin
Ari Greenberg ... Jason Cushman
Aida Linares ... Theresa

Ivana Trump ... Ivana Trump

Kathie Lee Gifford ... Kathie Lee Gifford

Gloria Steinem ... Gloria Steinem

Ed Koch ... Ed Koch

Lea DeLaria ... Elise's Fan (as Lea De Laria)

Debra Monk ... Jilted Lover
Jennfer Lam ... Chris' Friend
Christopher Burge ... Auctioneer
Stephen Pearlman ... Mr. Christian

J. Smith-Cameron ... Miss Sullivan

Walter Bobbie ... Man in Bed

Kate Burton ... Woman in Bed

Gregg Edelman ... Mark Loest
Mark Nelson ... Eric Loest
Harsh Nayyar ... Mohammed
Sue Simmons ... Newscaster

Timothy Olyphant ... Brett Artounian

Edward Hibbert ... Maurice (the Bartender)

Teresa DePriest ... Hostess

Johnny Sanchez ... Busboy

J.K. Simmons ... Federal Marshal

Stephen Mendillo ... Federal Marshal
Robin Morse ... Karen

Peter Frechette ... Broadway Director
Mark Perman ... The Cantor
George Vlachos ... Waiter
Armand Dahan ... Contractor
Michele Brilliant ... Young Brenda

Dina Spybey-Waters ... Young Elise (as Dina Spybey)

Adria Tennor ... Young Annie
Juliehera Destefano ... Youth Cynthia (as Juliehera DeStefano)
Marla Sucharetza ... Exercising Woman
Paul Hecht ... 'A Certain Age' Cast Member
Anne Shropshire ... 'A Certain Age' Cast Member
Chelsea Altman ... 'A Certain Age' Cast Member

Eric Martin Brown ... 'A Certain Age' Cast Member

Nancy Ticotin ... Dancer
Roxane Barlow ... Dancer
Amy Heggins ... Dancer

Elizabeth Bracco ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jon Stewart ... (scenes deleted)

Richard Council ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Deanna Dys ... Auditioning Actress (uncredited)

Jeff Eigen ... Man yelling 'Author' (uncredited)
Olivia Goldsmith ... Cameo Appearance (uncredited)

Heather Locklear ... Gil Griffin's New Wife (uncredited)
Mizan Nunes ... Dancer at Wives Club (uncredited)

Bonnie Rose ... Dancer (uncredited)

Matilda Szydagis ... Graduating Student (uncredited)

Hugh Wilson ... Commercial Director (uncredited)

Directed by
Hugh Wilson 
Writing credits
Olivia Goldsmith (novel)

Robert Harling (screenplay)

Produced by
Noah Ackerman .... associate producer
Tod Scott Brody .... line producer: additional photograhy
Thomas A. Imperato .... co-producer (as Thomas Imperato)
Heather McQuarrie .... associate producer (as Heather Neely)
Craig Perry .... associate producer
Scott Rudin .... producer
Adam Schroeder .... executive producer
Ezra Swerdlow .... executive producer
Original Music by
Marc Shaiman 
Cinematography by
Donald E. Thorin  (as Donald Thorin)
Film Editing by
John Bloom 
Casting by
Ilene Starger 
Production Design by
Peter S. Larkin  (as Peter Larkin)
Art Direction by
Charley Beal  (as Charles Beal)
Set Decoration by
Leslie E. Rollins 
Costume Design by
Theoni V. Aldredge 
Makeup Department
Ma Kalaadevi Ananda .... makeup artist: Ms. Keaton (as Marilyn Carbone)
E. Thomas Case .... makeup artist: Ms. Hawn
Alan D'Angerio .... hair stylist
Felice Diamond .... additional makeup artist
Angela Levin .... makeup artist: Bette Midler
Frances Mathias .... hair stylist: Ms. Keaton
Bernadette Mazur .... makeup artist
Francesca Paris .... additional hair stylist
Michele Paris .... makeup artist (as Michele Paris-Catanzarite)
Robert Ramos .... hair stylist: Bette Midler
Werner Sherer .... hair stylist: Ms. Hawn (as Werner G. Sherer)
Jovan Vitagliano .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Tod Scott Brody .... post-production supervisor
Ezra Swerdlow .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julie A. Bloom .... second assistant director
Jose Gilberto Molinari-Rosaly .... trainee assistant director (as Jose G. Molinari-Rosaly)
Michael E. Steele .... first assistant director
Jack Gill .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ed Check .... assistant art director
Lorenzo Contessa .... storyboard artist
Frank Didio .... carpenter
Natalie N. Dorset .... art department production assistant
Gilbert Gertsen .... set dresser (as Gilbert H. Gertsen)
Wendy Goidell .... floral designer
Vincent Guarriello .... construction foreperson
Julia G. Hickman .... art department coordinator
Lori Johnson .... assistant property master
Paul D. Kelly .... assistant art director
Gary Levitsky .... set dresser
Brian Mannain .... scenic artist
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist
Matthew McCarthy .... set dresser (as Matt McCarthy)
Octavio Molina .... property master
Christine Moosher .... assistant set decorator
John Oates Jr. .... leadperson (as John Oates)
Jon Oshma .... property person
Stanley Pasay .... scenic artist
Ron Petagna .... construction coordinator (as Ronald Petagna)
Joseph Proscia .... set dresser
Richard Tenewitz .... carpenter
Charlie Whitney .... carpenter (as Charles Whitney)
Michael Zansky .... scenic artist
Mick Rossman .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Joan Winters .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ed Barteski .... assistant adr editor
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Richard P. Cirincione .... sound editor (as Richard Cirincione)
Laura Civiello .... sound editor
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
John Fundus .... boom operator
Bradford L. Hohle .... sound stereo consultant: Dolby (as Brad Hohle)
Kenton Jakub .... adr editor
Jay Kessel .... assistant sound editor
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... foley editor
Peter F. Kurland .... sound mixer (as Peter Kurland)
George A. Lara .... foley engineer (as George Lara)
Tommy Louie .... cable person
Jane McCulley .... supervising adr editor
Eytan Mirsky .... sound editor
Maurice Schell .... supervising sound editor
Stuart Stanley .... foley editor
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Tony Martinez .... group adr editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Matt Vogel .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Earl Wiggins .... Aerial Rigging Coordinator: Uncredited
Don Canfield .... motion control specialist (uncredited)
Karen deJong .... matte painter (uncredited)
Daniel Leung .... digital compositing supervisor (uncredited)
Alex MacDonald .... motion control camera (uncredited)
Matt McDonald .... digital artist (uncredited)
Chris Ryan .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Nancy Ellen Anzalone .... utility stunts
Stracy Diaz .... utility stunts
Jack Gill .... stunt coordinator
Shelby Swatek .... stunts
Mark Chapman .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Donald John Hewitt .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steven Blaho .... grip (as Steven A. Blaho)
Michael Brown .... electrician
Kenny Burke .... dolly grip (as Kenneth J. Burke)
Ronald Burke .... second company grip
Brian Carmichael .... video assistant
Robert Carmichael .... director of photography: second unit
Jerry DeBlau .... chief lighting technician (as Jerry W. DeBlau)
James Edmiston .... grip
John Ford .... grip
Ralph Fratianni .... second company grip
Jim Galvin .... electrician
Peter Girolami .... electrician
Rob Hahn .... camera operator
Eric Hoivik .... camera trainee
Todd Hotaling .... assistant camera
Martin Jones .... grip
Dave Lowry .... dolly grip (as Dave Lowry Jr.)
Alan Mader .... electrician
Bobby Mancuso .... first assistant camera (as Robert Mancuso)
Jim McCullagh .... electrician (as James McCullagh)
Peter A. Mian .... video assistant
Fred Muller .... electrician
Tim Norman .... second assistant camera
John Panuccio .... first company grip
Michael Papadapolous .... electrician
Louis Petraglia .... rigging electrician
Peter John Petraglia .... assistant chief lighting technician
Tom Prate .... first company grip (as Thomas Prate Jr.)
Noah Prince .... electrician
Lowell Schulman .... lamp operator
Andrew D. Schwartz .... still photographer (as Andy Schwartz)
Howard Werner .... video playback operator
David Landau .... gaffer: behind-the-scenes (uncredited)
Sal Martorano .... electrician (uncredited)
Sal Martorano .... gaffer: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting (as Karen Etcoff)
David H. Kramer .... voice casting (as David Kramer)
Kim Miscia .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Adkins .... costume supervisor: men
Ronald J. Haney .... wardrobe production assistant (as Ron Haney)
Wallace G. Lane Jr. .... assistant costume designer (as Wallace G. 'Woody' Lane Jr.)
Mary Ann McAlpin .... costume assistant
Hartsell Taylor .... costume supervisor: women
Hartsell Taylor .... wardrobe supervisor
Rose Wells .... additional wardrobe (as Rosalie A. Wells)
Pamela Wise .... dresser: Ms. Midler
Michael Anzalone .... set wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Armando Fente .... second assistant film editor
Miles Ferguson .... post-production coordinator
John Hill .... first assistant film editor
Noëlle Penraat .... negative cutter
Tom Salvatore .... color timer
Antonia Van Drimmelen .... associate editor
Rhonda L. Mitrani .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Frank Bennett .... orchestrator
Bob Bornstein .... music preparation
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Artie Kane .... conductor
Jon Kull .... orchestrator
Nicholas Meyers .... music editor
Jeffrey Pollack .... music consultant
Nic Ratner .... music editor
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
Dennis S. Sands .... music mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Dennis S. Sands .... music recordist (as Dennis Sands)
Marc Shaiman .... music supervisor
Nick Vidar .... music programmer
Jimmy Vivino .... orchestrator
Greg Arnold .... musician: keyboards, programming (uncredited)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Joe Lisanti .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Sally Swisher .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Steven R. Hammond .... transportation captain (as Steve Hammond)
Tom Heilig .... transportation co-captain (as Thomas Heilig)
Other crew
Ray Angelic .... production coordinator
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Patricia Birch .... choreographer (as Pat Birch)
Terrence C. Burke .... production assistant
Antonia Calzetti .... craft service assistant
Marcus Canty .... assistant auditor
Shari L. Carpenter .... script supervisor (as Shari Carpenter)
Jonathan Cerullo .... assistant choreographer
Cheryl Compton .... production secretary (as Cheryl E. Compton)
Michael A. Connolly .... assistant: Mr. Rudin (as Michael Connolly)
Kathleen Corgan .... assistant location manager
Shirley Davis .... production coordinator: additional photography, New York
Chadbyrne R. Dickens .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Natalie N. Dorset .... production assistant (as Natalie Dorset)
Antoine Douaihy .... location manager: re-shoots (as Antoine L. Douaihy)
Mimi Everett .... title designer
Susan Fried .... location assistant
Lauren Gale .... craft service
AnaMarie C. Gonzaga .... assistant auditor
Louis Guerra .... production assistant (as Louis J. Guerra)
Jill Hattersley .... assistant: Ms. Midler
Shell Hecht .... production office coordinator: additional photography
George 'Skip' Henfling .... location assistant
William Henry .... lightwork assistant (as Bill Henry)
Elizabeth Holder .... production assistant
Deloris Claris Horn .... assistant: Ms. Hawn
Joseph E. Iberti .... location manager
Carl I. Johnson .... location assistant (as Carl Johnson)
Mick Kelly .... production assistant
Buzz Koenig .... assistant: Mr. Swerdlow (as Scott Koenig)
Maggie Kusik .... production accountant
David B. Leener .... product placement
Nancy Lefkowitz .... production assistant
Steve McAuliff .... animal trainer (as Steven McAuliff)
Carmen More .... assistant: Mr. Wilson
Len Murach .... location assistant
Eric Myers .... unit publicist
Philip A. Ramos .... production assistant
Justine Rendal .... technical consultant
Bill Robinson .... assistant: Ms. Keaton
Kristen Sampsell .... craft service assistant
Suzanne Santry .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Jeffrey Seeds .... production assistant
Michael Sibley .... location assistant
Alex Singer .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Audrey Soodoo-Raphael .... production assistant (as Audrey Soodoo Raphael)
Mark Sourian .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Robert T. Striem .... location assistant
Yvette S. Taylor .... assistant: Ms. Midler (as Yvette Taylor)
Susan Towner .... production auditor
Patty Willett .... assistant production coordinator
Brenda Yagmin .... craft service assistant
Tricia Yano .... assistant: Mr. Schroeder
Andrew Zolot .... production assistant
Antonia Proscia .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Ron Rogers .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some mild language and sensuality
103 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, and Diane Keaton were all born within 45 days of each other, and celebrated their 50th birthdays together while filming this movie.See more »
Continuity: When Duarto Feliz goes to Morty and Shelly's apartment, they make a big deal out of hiding an offensive chair by covering it with Duarto's long coat. At the end of the scene, there are several shots with him suddenly wearing it again.See more »
Elise:I'm unhappy, Maurice!
Maurice:And I'm going to get you that coffee.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "New Girl: Secrets (#1.19)" (2012)See more »
Moving On Up'See more »


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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Even As A Female Myself, I Loathed This Movie, 17 November 2007
Author: waiching liu from London, England, UK

I saw the film purely by accident a couple of years ago on a plane when I was travelling to Hong Kong and this was shown on screen.

The First Wives Club is mainly based on a book- of which I am not that familiar with- and is a very anti-male take on 3 women who get together and plan their revenge against their hubby's, after they mistreat them. The script was poor, the performances were below-par given the standard of the three female leads, Midler, Hawn and Keaton and for a film supposedly trying to promote gender equality it fails because it portrays the male characters as sleazy, money grabbing chauvinists.

This comedy movie is also so devoid of actual laughs, the wisecracks were typically old-fashioned, sexist and the narrative derivative- and this coming from a woman. If society is ever going to become more equally tolerant and acceptable of men and women, then it needs to start by getting rid of pro-feminist concepts which celebrates the triumphs of femininity but ridicules and criticises masculinity. We have things such as women studies for eg, and yet if men were to have male studies, they would be slated for that too.

I didn't really care one bit about the characters, because they were all stereotypes of men and women and in truth I don't mind watching TV shows and films with a predominately female slant to it, just as long as its treatment of its male counterparts is on an equal playing level and vice versa with the women. But with movies such as The First Wives Club, they are misleading and wrongly perpetuate the notion that all women are great and all men are heartless, scheming, cheating, lying toe rags.

Such a shame that with a stellar cast in Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler, the film sends itself up to be male-bashing farce, as opposed to one that highlights the positives and negatives of both men and women through these characters and addressing the argument of the battle of the sexes, in a open minded and fair way that doesn't make all women out to be the good guys and the men the so-called bad guys.

The ending was a bit of a farce because the men end up going back to their girlfriends and wives, despite their behaviour and going out with other women that Hawn, Midler and Keaton take them back.

Whilst this will not rank in my top ten worst movies ever list- i've seen much worst in my time- this ultimately is a flawed movie which to be honest, having seen it once, I have no intention of ever seeing it again

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