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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.


Bryan Forbes


Ira Levin (novel), William Goldman (screenplay)
4,050 ( 327)

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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


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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Release Date:

12 February 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Frauen von Stepford See more »


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| (DVD) | (2001 DVD release)

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Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Joanna Eberhart: I guess I want to be remembered.
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Referenced in Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge: Show 4 (1994) See more »

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"I'll just die if I don't get that recipe"
13 June 2004 | by theprofessa2004See all my reviews

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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