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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.

Director:

Susan Seidelman

Writers:

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

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Meryl Streep) was one of the first actresses to read the film script because she and the director both had the same agent. See more »

Goofs

The handwriting on the list that Ruth has made of Bob's assets changes several times throughout the movie. See more »

Quotes

Ute: Fuzzy has just shit on the carpet.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Videoclub (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Tren D'Amor
Written by Jermaine Stewart, Ian Curnow and Phil Harding
Performed by Jermaine Stewart
Provided Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd. / Arista Records, Inc.
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The devil in disguise
9 September 2001 | by moonspinner55See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

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:

$15,351,421

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,351,421
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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