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The Butcher's Wife (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 25 October 1991 (USA)
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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 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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

¡Qué linda adivina! 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,689,816
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Butcher's Wife (1991) quickly followed Ghost (1990) the following year after that movie. Ghost (1990) also starred Demi Moore as well as Whoopi Goldberg, the latter of whom played a clairvoyant. In The Butcher's Wife (1991), Moore this time was the one who portrayed a clairvoyant. See more »

Goofs

In several scenes Dr. Alex Tremor wears a T-shirt with a quote on the front which says, "The unexamined life is not worth living" - Plato. These are the words of Socrates, not Plato. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Alex Tremor: We're supposed to relax and have fun. God damn it.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Farley (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Maria
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Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by Student Church Choir
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Demi Moore bold to go with the little known Ocracoke, NC accent...
12 April 2004 | by trellisSee all my reviews

I think that Demi Moore was bold to go with the little known Ocracoke, NC accent because most people will probably (wrongly) think that she was doing a very bad job at a North Carolinian/Southern USA accent.

Ocracoke is a small, fisherman's island at the bottom of the North Carolina Outer Banks island chain and is only accessible by ferry. This isolation has kept the accent there mostly unaltered since the 17th century days when it was inhabited by British seamen. The Ocracoke accent sounds like a mixture of Brit and Yank, so what you hear Demi Moore doing in this movie is really quite accurate.

I also enjoyed the cozy portrayal of the Manhattan (NYC) side street neighborhood life. The NYC avenues tend to be wide, impersonal and busy, but the narrower, townhouse and small shop filled side streets can be quite friendly. It gives me some nice, childhood nostalgic memories to see the happier, day-to-day aspect of NYC life shown in this film.

I watch this romantic comedy whenever it is on TV, and I have no complaints about it at all. I find it to be a sweet, feel-good film with occasional hints at magic realism, but without plunging too far into that iffy genre.

I feel that all the players did good jobs, and that the locations and settings felt very true. Nice production values too.

If you like "Moonstruck", then you will probably like "The Butcher's Wife" too.


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