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The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

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Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted, at a cost, when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives.

Director:

George Miller

Writers:

John Updike (novel), Michael Cristofer (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Nicholson ... Daryl Van Horne
Cher ... Alexandra Medford
Susan Sarandon ... Jane Spofford
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Sukie Ridgemont
Veronica Cartwright ... Felicia Alden
Richard Jenkins ... Clyde Alden
Keith Jochim Keith Jochim ... Walter Neff
Carel Struycken ... Fidel
Helen Lloyd Breed Helen Lloyd Breed ... Mrs. Biddle
Caroline Struzik Caroline Struzik ... Carol Medford
Michele Sincavage Michele Sincavage ... Ridgemont Child
Nicol Sincavage Nicol Sincavage ... Ridgemont Child
Heather Coleman Heather Coleman ... Ridgemont Child
Carolyn Ditmars Carolyn Ditmars ... Ridgemont Child
Cynthia Ditmars Cynthia Ditmars ... Ridgemont Child
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Storyline

All three previously married but now single, best friends sculptress Alex Medford, cellist Jane Spofford and writer Sukie Ridgemont are feeling emotionally and sexually repressed, in large part due to the traditional mores overriding their small New England coastal town of Eastwick. After their latest conversation lamenting about the lack of suitable men in Eastwick and describing the qualities they are looking for in a man, mysterious Daryl Van Horne and his equally mysterious butler Fidel arrive in town. Despite being vulgar, crude, brazen and not particularly handsome, Daryl manages to be able to tap into the innermost emotions of the three friends, and as such manages to seduce each. In turn, the three women blossom emotionally and sexually. After an incident involving one of the town's leading citizens, the ultra conservative Felicia Alden, the three women begin to understand how and why Daryl is able to mesmerize them so fully. The three decide to experiment with some powers ... Written by Huggo

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Three Beautiful Women. One Lucky Devil. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las brujas de Eastwick See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$63,766,510
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The town of Cohasset, Massachusetts was used for Eastwick. The film was also shot in Scituate in the same commonwealth. Massachusetts is also the location of Salem, where the famous witch trials of 1692-93 took place. It was also the home of source novelist John Updike. See more »

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When Daryl throws the ironing board, it lands on end with lots of stuff around it. In the next shot, it is flat on the floor with only one thing lying near it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Carol Medford: You don't have to come today, you know, I mean, if you don't want to.
Alexandra Medford: No, sweetheart, I want to, it's just that I have a million things I have to do first.
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Referenced in 30 Rock: Leap Day (2012) See more »

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Nessun Dorma
from the Opera "Turandot"
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Luciano Pavarotti with John Alldis Choir (as The John Alldis Choir) and London Philharmonic Orchestra (as The London Philharmonic Orchestra),
Conducted by Zubin Mehta
Courtesy of London Records, a division of PolyGram Classic, Inc.
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Strange Combination of Horror and Comedy
28 November 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the traditional and conservative Eastwick, the sculptress Alexandra Medford (Cher), the shy musician and teacher Jane Spofford (Susan Sarandon) and the journalist Sukie Ridgemont (Michelle Pfeiffer) are best friends. Alexandra is a widow; Jane is divorced since she can not have a child; and Sukie is divorced because she frequently gets pregnant and has five children. They are sexually repressed and one night, they describe the characteristics of their ideal man while drinking. There is a storm on the town and the mysterious Daryl Van Horne (Jack Nicholson) appears in town and buy a notorious mansion. NJobody can recall his name, but he seduces the three friends. Meanwhile the pious Felicia Alden (Veronica Cartwright), who is married with Sukie's boss Clyde Alden (Richard Jenkins), has a weird accident and feels that Daryl is the devil. When Felicia dies, Alexandra, Jane and Sukie realize that there is something strange about Daryl. But what can they do?

"The Witches of Eastwick" is a sexy and original film with a strange combination of horror and comedy. Jack Nicholson is comfortable performing another totally incorrect character. The sinful witches are represented by three gorgeous actresses. The special effects are great and responsible for funny scenes. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "As Bruxas de Eastwick" ("The Witches of Eastwick")


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