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Revenge of the Stepford Wives (1980)

A TV reporter arrives in Stepford to do a story on the American town with the lowest crime and divorce rates and the tightest real-estate market (no one ever leaves). She needs an assistant... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Fuest

Writers:

Ira Levin (novel), David Wiltse
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sharon Gless ... Kaye Foster
Julie Kavner ... Megan Brady
Audra Lindley ... Barbara Parkinson
Don Johnson ... Officer Andy Brady
Mason Adams ... Wally
Arthur Hill ... Dale 'Diz' Corbett
Ellen Weston Ellen Weston ... Kitten
Thomas Hill Thomas Hill ... Dr. Edgar Trent
Gay Rowan ... Angelina
James MacKrell James MacKrell ... Bruce Manson (as Jim McKrell)
Lee Warrick Lee Warrick ... Sally Tarshis (as Lee Benard)
Ed Bell Ed Bell ... Gary Tarshis (as Edward Bell)
Sheldon Feldner Sheldon Feldner ... Norman Kahn
Howard Witt ... Police Chief
Peter Maloney ... Henry the Druggist
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A TV reporter arrives in Stepford to do a story on the American town with the lowest crime and divorce rates and the tightest real-estate market (no one ever leaves). She needs an assistant, and after interviewing the seemingly-plastic women of Stepford, jumps at the chance to hire the down-to-earth Megan, who's married to a newly-hired cop who hasn't yet moved into the town. Four times a day a siren sounds and every woman in town takes a pill (they each claim it's a thyroid condition). Accidents start to happen, Megan disappears for a couple of days, and the reporter realizes something is amiss. When Megan returns as a full-fledged Stepford wife, it's time for action. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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'Til death do us part.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Electric Police See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The clueless wives are back...
7 October 2011 | by Vomitron_GSee all my reviews

"Revenge of the Stepford Wives" was in some countries unimaginably released & re-titled as "Terror in New York". What? Yes, this film doesn't even take place in New York. And the 'terror' part? Well,...

"Revenge of the Stepford Wives" is the first in a series of three '80s made-for-TV sequels to the terrific theatrical original, "The Stepford Wives", from 1975. While this is more or less a direct sequel - albeit a very inconsistent one - to the first film, parts 3 & 4 ("The Stepford Children" and "The Stepford Husbands") are more like spin-offs. Naturally, the great - and at times terrifying - concept from the original film gets a bit unintentionally sillier in "Revenge of the Stepford Wives". Since we know from the start what's going on in the town of Stepford, the mystery simply isn't there anymore. All scenes take place during the day and the made-for-TV look & feel doesn't exactly help things either. Meaning, things never get creepy or suspenseful. Even the involvement of cult genre director Robert Fuest (from the "Dr. Phibes" movies, starring Vincent Price, and everybody's favorite melt-movie "The Devil's Rain", featuring Ernest Borgnine as a cross-eyed devil goatman) didn't do anything to uplift the bland production values. But that doesn't mean the film doesn't manage to entertain.

Sharon Gless (as the investigating reporter Kaye Foster, arriving in Stepford with the intent of possibly making a TV program about the town's way of life) is a capable leading lady and it's applaudable she managed to walk through this movie with a straight face, seeing how she often found herself in rather ridiculous situations (like Julie Kavner 'short-circuiting' in her kitchen, then picking up a knife trying to kill Gless). A pre-"Miami Vice" Don Johnson is also walking around in it as the fresh cop in town, eventually agreeing with the Men's Association for his wife to become Stepfordized. You'll also have to wait until the very end of the film for the Stepford wives to actually take revenge (in a laughably appropriate manner). Things might have been dumbed down a lot in this implausible script which takes the original concept of the first film and runs the wrong way with it. But perhaps just because of all this, "Revenge of the Stepford Wives" turns out a rather amusing watch.


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