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She-Devil (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 8 December 1989 (USA)
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A surprisingly resourceful housewife vows revenge on her husband when he begins an affair with a wealthy romance novelist.


Susan Seidelman


Fay Weldon (novel), Barry Strugatz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Mary Fisher
Roseanne Barr ... Ruth
Ed Begley Jr. ... Bob
Linda Hunt ... Hooper
Sylvia Miles ... Mrs. Fisher
Elisebeth Peters Elisebeth Peters ... Nicolette Patchett
Bryan Larkin ... Andy Patchett
A Martinez ... Garcia
Maria Pitillo ... Olivia Honey
Mary Louise Wilson ... Mrs. Trumper
Susan Willis Susan Willis ... Ute
Jack Gilpin ... Larry
Robin Leach ... Robin Leach
Nitchie Barrett Nitchie Barrett ... Bob's Secretary
June Gable ... Realtor


Ruth is a wife and mother who tries to please her husband (Bob) but finds him pulling away and spending more time at the office than at home. When he begins an affair with a famous romance novelist (Mary) and leaves Ruth to raise their kids, she decides she's had enough of playing nice docile housewife. Ruth endeavors to show Bob and Mary the truth about themselves and each other, while creating a new successful life of her own. Written by Mia Holder

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The story of the greatest evil ever known to man... His ex-wife. See more »




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Did You Know?


Robin Leach: As himself. See more »


In the opening scenes, when Roseanne is trying on the gold-and-black minidress, she turns 3/4 to the camera and we hear the dress's zipper and she looks satisfied at finally getting it to zip up. But in the mirror on the left, the dress is still half-unzipped and her bra is still showing as much as before. See more »


Bob: OK, Ruth, I'll give you a few days, then you've got to come back for the kids. Where can I reach you?
Ruth: I'm not coming back, Bob. They'll have a much better life here with you.
Bob: Wait a minute, Ruth, where're you going?
Ruth: I don't know, Bob, into my future, I guess.
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Crazy Credits

As the film ends, The End appears being used from 2 angels. See more »


That's What I Call Love
Written by Ashley Cadell and Kate Ceberano
Performed by Kate Ceberano
Provided Courtesy of London Records
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If you think this is good wait till you see the british version
26 April 2002 | by ellie-hodge3See all my reviews

If you enjoyed this film wait till you see the british version starring Patricia Hodge, Dennis Waterman and Julie.T.wallace. Once you have seen it you will forget why you ever liked this film. If you want a dramatic end to this story watch the english version it doesn't end as happily as this film there is no fairy tale end to mary fishers life only for ruth.

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English | French

Release Date:

8 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,509,647, 10 December 1989

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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