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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.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Daryl Van Horne
... Alexandra Medford
... Jane Spofford
... Sukie Ridgemont
... Felicia Alden
... Clyde Alden
Keith Jochim ... Walter Neff
... Fidel
Helen Lloyd Breed ... Mrs. Biddle
Caroline Struzik ... Carol Medford
Michele Sincavage ... Ridgemont Child
Nicol Sincavage ... Ridgemont Child
Heather Coleman ... Ridgemont Child
Carolyn Ditmars ... Ridgemont Child
Cynthia Ditmars ... Ridgemont Child
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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 Witches, One Lucky Devil. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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R | See all certifications »

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12 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las brujas de Eastwick  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$63,766,510
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The opening shot zooming in on the town of Eastwick was originally to feature a seagull flying along with the camera. Visual Effects Supervisor Michael Owens had great difficulty finding a suitable bird. The plan was to acquire a taxidermy-type bird and put animatronics in it. First, it turned out to be illegal to own a dead seagull in California. When they were able to borrow one, another law stated it to be returned to its legal owner in the same condition it came in. After turning the bird into a rod-puppet of sorts, the team spent weeks perfecting the motion with up to ten puppeteers working simultaneously. In the end, none of their work ended up on-screen, because the opening credits were added to the shot, and the seagull was found to be too distracting. See more »

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When Daryl and Fidel (Carel Struycken) have gone to town to get bagels, lox, and ice cream, Daryl jumps in the car and speeds out of town, leaving Fidel behind. As the camera zooms in on Fidel as he watches Daryl drive off, you can clearly see that he has hair on the back of his head, just under his hat. Fidel is otherwise depicted as being bald throughout the movie. See more »

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[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 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Moon Zero Two (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

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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"Who are you? Just your average, horny little devil"
21 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Jack Nicholson gives his funniest and one of the finest performances as Mr. Darryl van Horn, the mysterious and wicked man who arrives to the quiet and sleepy little town of Eastwick after three women, the Blonde Souki (Pfeifer), the Redhead Jean (Sarandon), and the Brunette Alex (Cher), best friends and witches dreamed him up as a man who can bring some changes and excitement in their lonely lives.

Several great actors have played the Prince of Darkness during their careers but Nicholson was born to play a "friendly" devil that can seduce any woman with no exception by becoming exactly what she wants him to be. The scenes where Nicholson seduces Alex (Daryl Van Horne: Well, if that's how you feel about it, then that's how you feel about it. Is THAT how you feel about it?), Jean, and Souki are among the sexiest I've ever seen.

The movie has too many vomiting scenes for my liking, and the visuals are sometimes too screaming but Nicholson is delightful. I never thought that playing cello could lead to such flaming results – and I used to play it. 7/10


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