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The Stepford Wives (1975)

Joanna Eberhart has come to the quaint little town of Stepford, Connecticut with her family, but soon discovers there lies a sinister truth in the all too perfect behavior of the female residents.

Director:

Bryan Forbes

Writers:

Ira Levin (novel), William Goldman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katharine Ross ... Joanna Eberhart
Paula Prentiss ... Bobbie Markowe
Peter Masterson ... Walter Eberhart
Nanette Newman ... Carol Van Sant
Tina Louise ... Charmaine Wimpiris
Carol Eve Rossen ... Dr. Fancher (as Carol Rossen)
William Prince ... Ike Mazzard
Carole Mallory ... Kit Sunderson
Toni Reid Toni Reid ... Marie Axhelm
Judith Baldwin ... Patricia Cornell
Barbara Rucker Barbara Rucker ... Mary Ann Stravros
George Coe ... Claude Axhelm
Franklin Cover ... Ed Wimpiris
Robert Fields Robert Fields ... Raymond Chandler
Michael Higgins ... Mr. Cornell
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Storyline

The Stepford Wives is about a small suburb where the women happily go about their housework - cleaning, doing laundry, and cooking gourmet meals - to please their husbands. Unfortunately, Bobbie and Joanna discover that the village's wives have been replaced with robots, and Joanna's husband wants in on the action. Written by Kevin <Kibble@vm.temple.edu>

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Something strange is happening in the town of Stepford. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Frauen von Stepford See more »

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Runtime:

| (DVD) | (2001 DVD release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Feminists criticized his movie as being misogynistic for portraying a town full of women who are turned into docile robotic sex slaves. Cast members like Peter Masterson insist that this was "exactly the point", that the movie was presenting society's sexism, not endorsing it. The critical community was torn on this issue. The book itself, when judged on its own merits, seems to be a straightforward feminist allegory. But then again, when judged in comparison with other writings in Levin's canon, like Deathtrap and Rosemary's Baby, it becomes clear that Levin does dwell on -- and seems to revel in -- descriptions of housewives being victimized. See more »

Goofs

In the last scene in the supermarket "changed" Joanna does not have large breasts anymore, but the night she was "replacing" the original Joanna she had. See more »

Quotes

Carol Van Sant: I'll just die if I don't get this recipe. I'll just die if I don't get this recipe. I'll just die if I don't get this recipe.
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Referenced in A Perfect World: The Making of 'The Stepford Wives' (2004) See more »

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"Archiac" is not on the word list
17 April 2000 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

This movie holds up surprisingly well, nearly twenty five years after its first release. The premise could still intrigue today - there are still men who would like nothing better than to have the women in their lives be less human. I guess now women want the same things and this is known as progress.

Anywho, the movie is great and if it were up to me, Katherine Ross' birthday would be a national holiday. She is terrific and beautiful and is matched by best buddy Paula Prentiss. Tina Louise and Nanette ("I'll die if I don't get this recipe") Newman are also memorable. The final shots of Ross are chilling, and top off a memorable movie.


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