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
Early on during pre-production, Edgar J. Scherick suggested that Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper could play "Joanna Eberhart" and "Bobbie Markowe" respectively. This was vetoed immediately by William Goldman who deemed it as a "very gimmicky publicity stunt", as both actresses were very popular at the time starring in top-rated sitcoms. The idea was dismissed before casting ever began. See more »
In the end, when Joanna returns to her home to get the children to escape Stepford, it is dark out. When confronted by her husband, she runs upstairs to her room, the hall is lit by daylight. See more »
This film is a brilliant, witty, and very frightening satire of many men and their obsession with having a servile fantasy woman at their beck and call. This dates back especially to the 50's in terms of the societally accepted domestic service of women. Even "I love Lucy" had an episode "proving" the ineptitude of women anywhere outside of the kitchen and, in turn of men in the kitchen. This film is a brilliant critique of just that. This is an issue that is still present in today's society. Women are still expected to be submissive in one way or another to men. They are expected to live up to an ideal of sexual, and robotic perfection. The 70's was a time when many issues like this were being addressed, today we seem to have gone backwards as a society dealing with this issue, forgetting what we learned as a country and as a world then. We seem eternally trapped in some 50's mindset, suffering amnesia, as brilliant movies like this gather dust and its meanings misinterpreted. This film is a classic. Brilliant from start to finish. Some people have complained about the macabre ending, with robot women doing the shopping. This ending is designed to be a warning, a signal of how carried away men can get. How carried away our society can get. After all this is also a horror film, never usually a happy ending there. People should be viewing this film more and more especially in today's culture. This is a sometimes funny, very witty, and very frightening critique of our culture's interpretation of sex and conformity. Brilliant film, stunning, one of the all time best. A+
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