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Season of the Witch (1972)

Hungry Wives (original title)
R | | Drama | 18 April 1973 (USA)
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A neglected, unhappy suburban housewife with gets mixed up in witchcraft with unexpected consequences.

Director:

George A. Romero

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan White ... Joan Mitchell
Raymond Laine Raymond Laine ... Gregg Williamson (as Ray Laine)
Ann Muffly Ann Muffly ... Shirley Randolph
Joedda McClain ... Nikki Mitchell
Bill Thunhurst Bill Thunhurst ... Jack Mitchell
Neil Fisher Neil Fisher ... Dr. Miller
Esther Lapidus Esther Lapidus ... Sylvia
Dan Mallinger Dan Mallinger ... Sergeant Frazer
Daryl Montgomery Daryl Montgomery ... Larry
Ken Peters Ken Peters ... John Fuller
Shirlee Strasser Shirlee Strasser ... Grace
Robert Trow ... Detective Mills (as Bob Trow)
Jean Wechsler Jean Wechsler ... Gloria
Charlotte Carter Charlotte Carter ... Mary
MaLynda Parker MaLynda Parker ... Patty (as Linda Creagan)
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Joan Mitchell is an alienated suburban housewife pushing 40, who has a boorish businessman husband and a distant, distracted 19-year-old daughter whose, on the verge of moving out of the house. Frustrated at her current situation, Joan seeks solace in witchcraft after visiting Marion Hamilton, a local tarot reader and leader of a secret black arts wicca sect, who inspires Joan to follow her own path. After dabbling a little in witchcraft, Joan, believing herself to have become a real witch, withdraws into a fantasy world and sinks deeper and deeper into her new lifestyle until the line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred and eventually tragedy results. Written by matt-282

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Every Night is Halloween.

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Drama

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Trivia

According to Jan Whire, Romero shot 4 hours of footage for the film See more »

Goofs

When Joan copies the Lord's Prayer backwards from the Bible, it is the King James version, even though she and her husband are Catholic. While any Catholic owning a Bible in that era (not a very common occurrence apart from scholars) would have a Douay version, the elaborate, antique nature of the book suggests it may have been one of her recent purchases at the antique store where she bought the rest of her witchcraft paraphernalia. See more »

Quotes

Joan: Hey, you know what I think?
Shirley: Oh, how in the hell can someone have so many opinions without ever having done anything?
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Alternate Versions

Originally filmed and released in 1971 under the title "Hungry Wives" which ran at 130 minutes, the movie was re-edited for foreign distribution and re-released as "Jack's Wife" a year later, running at 104 minutes. In response to George A. Romero's successful release of "Creepshow" in 1982, "Jack's Wife" was released on home video as "Season of the Witch" with the running time trimmed further to 89 minutes. The current video version runs 104 minutes which is the original overseas version titled "Jack's Wife." See more »

Connections

References Belle de Jour (1967) See more »

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Season of the Witch
Written and Performed by Donovan
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g.a.r.'s most underrated film
17 June 2004 | by timothycareySee all my reviews

_hungry wives_ is sorely underrated by all viewers, and commentators here. no, it doesn't come close to equaling the indelible onslaught that is _night of the living dead_ -- nothing else in romero's oeuvre does, after all, not even _dawn_ -- but as a document from its time, it's a strange balance between the films which precede it (this is not, despite what some here have suggested, romero's second film -- it's his fourth!), viz. _there's always vanilla_ and _the crazies_.

strangely calm, and maybe low-key to a fault, this examination of an alienated housewife's numbing existence and slow infatuation with witchcraft is very much a part of the "personal films" movement of its era, and suggesting a glancing similarity to cassavettes is not unfounded. the first-generation feminism is certainly heavy-handed at this point, but the careful eye for detail that distinguishes all of romero's work, his compassion for his protagonist's melancholy (call it western pennsylvania social realism) and the ambivalent tone, notably at the end (not the "surprise ending," but what follows it), give this film as uneasy balance between horror and domestic drama. definitely worth seeing, and with as few expectations as possible. 7/10


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1973 (USA) See more »

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Season of the Witch See more »

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Budget:

$90,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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