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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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Taglines:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was the only film written by Ezra Litwak and Marjorie Schwartz Nielsen. See more »

Goofs

On the opening shot, a long sweeping fly past the lighthouse, you can see the reflection of the helicopter blades in the lighthouse windows. See more »

Quotes

Marina Lemke: What's meant to be just can't be changed.
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Connections

Featured in 1992 MTV Movie Awards (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

GIMME A PIGFOOT AND A BOTTLE OF BEER
By Wesley Wilson
Performed by Mary Steenburgen
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There is fantasy and then again there is silliness.
29 January 2002 | by Nozze-FotoSee all my reviews

I tried very hard to like this movie because I love the fantasy genre, especially subtle entries like PORTRAIT OF JENNIE and MIRACLE OVER MILAN but this movie jumps the track. Why? Simple, you just cannot believe in the sincerity of the title character. Marina can see into people's minds (maybe even their hearts?) but while she is trying to be the guiding influence in the lives of her neighbors her own life is a shambles because she misinterpreted a prophecy concerning herself. Alas this barefoot girl with cheek to spare needed someone to advise her while she was advising others. Too bad this movie was not made 20 years earlier with Vittorio DeSica directing and maybe Monica Vitti in the starring role. Then we might be acknowledging it as a classic today. Well we can dream, can't we?


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