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The Stepford Children (1987)

Steven and Laura Harding (along with their kids David and Mary) have moved to the quiet community of Stepford, Connecticut. Steven joins the men's club, which is still assimilating their ... See full summary »

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Alan J. Levi

Writers:

William Bleich (as Bill Bleich), Ira Levin (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Eden ... Laura Harding
Don Murray ... Steven Harding
Tammy Lauren ... Mary Harding
Pat Corley ... Sheriff Weston
Ken Swofford ... Frank Gregson
Richard Anderson ... Lawrence Danton
Sharon Spelman ... Sandy Gregson
James Staley ... Swimming Instructor
Raye Birk ... George Larson
Debbie Barker ... Lois Gregson
Dick Butkus ... Tom Wilcox
James Coco ... Mr. Jamison
Randall Batinkoff ... David Harding
John Cameron Mitchell ... Kenny Moreland
Judith Baldwin ... Kimberly Summer
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Steven and Laura Harding (along with their kids David and Mary) have moved to the quiet community of Stepford, Connecticut. Steven joins the men's club, which is still assimilating their wives into robots. This time, they have begun to turn their out of control teens into robots as well. Once they are assimilated, they are obedient, homework loving, big band dancing droids. Laura, David, and Mary stumble onto this mystery, and they must avoid Steven's plans to turn them into robots. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Not everyone's perfect... yet. See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Mary Harding: I'm a very lucky girl...
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Referenced in Queer as Folk: Excluding and Abstemiousness (2005) See more »

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Spice Up Your Life, Stepfordize Your Wife!
28 February 2009 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

The third entry in the "Stepford" franchise, but apparently the three made-for-TV obscure sequels are incredibly obscure and hard to trace down, whereas the 70's original as well as the blockbuster remake with Nicole Kidman are commonly known and very popular. I haven't seen either the early 80's "Revenge of the Stepford Wives" or the mid 90's "The Stepford Husbands", but this "The Stepford Children" is a quite charming and highly entertaining little film. It's basically the exact same film as the original; obviously less mysterious yet much cheesier and incredibly 80's to the nth degree. The main difference here, like the title implies, is that not just the liberated wives but also the rebellious and punk teenage offspring in town undergoes the typical and highly effective "Stepford treatment", licensed by the local Men's Association. For some reason the scenario attempts to uphold the Stepford mystery until late in the film, even though nobody is likely to watch this sequel before having checked out the original and presumably everybody also knows about the denouement. The Harding family is all packed and ready to move from the grisly city of New York to the small and peaceful community of Stepford. Particularly father Steven is excited about their new life because he already lived in Stepford and always wanted to go back ever since his first wife, whom his new wife Laura and adolescent children Mary and David know very little about, died under mysterious circumstances. The town is almost too perfect, with picturesque neighbors and model students, and especially the modern teenagers face huge difficulties to adjust. Their efforts to modernize the place and take the local youth of Stanford in tow cause confrontations with the eminent townsfolk, particularly the members of the Men's Association, and put the familial relationships under a lot of stress. David meets and falls in love with the last "normal" girl in school Lois, but when even she transforms into a domestic dummy overnight, David can convince his skeptical mother to investigate the sinister Stanford secret. The first hour of "The Stanford Children" is slow-paced and rather tame, but the finale is trashy and cheesy like the VHS cover promises and like a late 80's thriller ought to be, in fact. The modus operandi behind the Stanford secrets is illustrated in greater detail, and I think horror fans and lovers of the original film will appreciate that. At least, I did. The overall plot still doesn't make a lot of sense and the script is chock-full of irrational aspects, but it's nonetheless an engaging formula and undoubtedly one that evokes an atmosphere of suspense and fear. The acting performances are far above average. Especially the arrogant and obnoxious members of the Men's Association depict plausible characters and even teenage players Tammy Lauren and Randall Batinkoff give away impressive performances. Recommended without hesitation!


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15 March 1987 (USA) See more »

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Die Kinder von Stepford See more »

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