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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mary Fisher
... Ruth Patchett
... Bob
... Hooper
... Mrs. Fisher
Elisebeth Peters ... Nicolette Patchett
... Andy Patchett
... Garcia
... Olivia Honey
... Mrs. Trumper
Susan Willis ... Ute
Jack Gilpin ... Larry
... Himself
Nitchie Barrett ... Bob's Secretary
June Gable ... Realtor
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Storyline

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

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Revenge Is Sweet... And Low.

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Comedy

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8 December 1989 (USA)  »

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La diabla  »

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$15,351,421
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The film is dedicated to Dean E. Maitland. The film's dedication at the end of the closing credits states "In loving memory of Dean Maitland 1970-1989". Maitland worked as a sound recordist on the movie. See more »

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When Bob is taking a shower and sees Ruth through the shower door, he screams. He steps out of the shower, and Ruth tells him that she is in there to weigh herself. Bob walks out of the bathroom, and Ruth steps on the scales. The scales are not visible, but you hear the scales moving as if it is a rotating dial scale. However, when the camera shows the scale to reveal to the audience what she weighs, it is a digital scale. See more »

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Ruth: [to Mary] Oh, I'm so sorry.
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Version of The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986) See more »

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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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The devil in disguise
9 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

Underrated, well-performed comedy from Fay Weldon's book (previously filmed as a British mini-series for television) about a common housewife who connives to get even with the self-absorbed romance novelist who stole her husband. Some of the jokes have a mean-spirited tone, but it was an interesting idea to have Roseanne Barr play her role (as the put-upon wife-turned-she devil) in a relatively low-key and allow Meryl Streep (as the colorful villainess) to ham it up. Sylvia Miles and Linda Hunt are lively in supporting roles, though both simply evaporate from the film's narrative after the midway point, this due to the film's episodic structure. Ed Begley Jr. isn't quite right as Roseanne's cheating husband--he looks like Streep's brother, not her lover--yet the film is funny and entertaining, if not always right on track. **1/2 from ****


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