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The Butcher's Wife (1991)

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A clairvoyant impulsively marries a butcher, moves to New York City and has a positive impact on the people she meets, changing their futures...which in turn changes hers.

Director:

Terry Hughes

Writers:

Ezra Litwak, Marjorie Schwartz Nielsen (as Marjorie Schwartz)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Demi Moore ... Marina Lemke
Jeff Daniels ... Dr. Alex Tremor
George Dzundza ... Leo Lemke
Mary Steenburgen ... Stella Keefover
Frances McDormand ... Grace
Margaret Colin ... Robyn Graves
Max Perlich ... Eugene
Miriam Margolyes ... Gina
Helen Hanft ... Molly
Christopher Durang Christopher Durang ... Mr. Liddle
Luis Avalos ... Luis
Charles Pierce Charles Pierce ... Beau
Elizabeth Lawrence ... Grammy D'Arbo
Stephanie Laurence Stephanie Laurence ... Choir Student
Barry Neikrug Barry Neikrug ... Bicyclist
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Storyline

A clairvoyant thinks she's met her husband to be because she's seen him in her dreams. They marry quickly, and return to the husband's ("the butcher"), home in the city. She has a big impact on everyone she meets by anticipating their questions and actions and advising them on their love life. Her interference then brings her into contact with the real man of her dreams. Written by Rob Hartill

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It's not about meat, it's about magic. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The picture was filmed during October, November and December 1990. See more »

Goofs

The opening and closing scenes supposedly show Marina in her Ocracoke (NC) home, but the tall, diamond-patterned lighthouse actually stands at Cape Lookout, about 45 miles down the coast from Ocracoke. Ocracoke has its own, much-photographed lighthouse, a shorter, white tower. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Alex Tremor: [talking to self in mirror, shaving] You ended up skating in the park witha patient. It's class countertransferance. You allowed her to manipulate you into a vulnerable - nevermind unprofessional - situation where she controlled you. This is freshman psychology, Alex.
[cuts chin]
Dr. Alex Tremor: Oh, oh, good! Oh, good! Good! Dr. Tremor, don't blow a graet career on a cute piece of ass. You keep your dick in your pants, your id in check, and you remember we have a mission in this world.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jeff Daniels/Color Me Badd (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Dark
By Lil Green
Performed by Mary Steenburgen
By Andre Williams, Reggie Turner and Keith Williams
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sweet, charming and lovely!
19 February 2008 | by menmoneychocolateSee all my reviews

I just love, love, love this film. The cast is perfect, right down to all the bit-parts. At first I was bothered by DM's accent (& her blonde hair is a shame) but the sweet script transcends all that. All the characters are pitch perfect, the lines so funny & the message inspiring! The locations are also great, I don't know where this is in NYC, but I would love to live there! I think Jeff Daniels is simply brilliant in this film, and Mary Steenbergen too. The scene where DM tells her she's a singer is lovely & the sparky scenes between JD & DM are so sweet and funny too!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Butcher's Wife See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,442,229, 27 October 1991

Gross USA:

$9,689,816

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,689,816
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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