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The First Wives Club (1996)

PG | | Comedy | 20 September 1996 (USA)
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Reunited by the death of a college friend, three divorced women seek revenge on the husbands who left them for younger women.

Director:

Hugh Wilson

Writers:

Olivia Goldsmith (novel), Robert Harling (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Goldie Hawn ... Elise Elliot Atchison
Bette Midler ... Brenda Morelli Cushman
Diane Keaton ... Annie MacDuggan Paradis
Maggie Smith ... Gunilla Garson Goldberg
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Shelly Stewart
Dan Hedaya ... Morton Cushman
Stockard Channing ... Cynthia Swann Griffin
Victor Garber ... Bill Atchison
Stephen Collins ... Aaron Paradis
Elizabeth Berkley ... Phoebe LaVelle
Marcia Gay Harden ... Dr. Leslie Rosen
Bronson Pinchot ... Duarto Feliz
Jennifer Dundas ... Chris Paradis
Eileen Heckart ... Catherine MacDuggan
Philip Bosco ... Uncle Carmine
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Storyline

After years of helping their hubbies climb the ladder of success, three wives have been dumped for newer, curvier models. But the trio is determined to turn their pain into gain. They come up with a cleverly devious plan to hit their exes where it really hurts - in the wallet! Sit back and watch the sparks fly as The Wives get mad, get even and get it all. Justice has seldom been so sweet. Or so much fun. Written by Anonymous

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Getting even... this fall. See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El club de las divorciadas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,913,411, 22 September 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$105,489,203

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$181,489,203
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When the three ladies meet after the funeral, they are talking about Elise's plastic surgery. Brenda asks Elise, "Did you just have a little bit or the whole enchilada?" This line was originally "I got the whole Ivana," but was changed once Ivana Trump was cast in a cameo. See more »

Goofs

When the wives drop down on the window-washing scaffold, they pass more floors than there are in the building. Even after a free fall, a camera shot from below shows them to be still near the top of the building. See more »

Quotes

Annie: [having a panic attack] I'm clean! I'm clean! I'm clean!
[Brenda and Elise whack her over the head with some file folders]
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.34 (2010) See more »

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Isn't It Romantic
Written By Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
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Silly, fun movie
22 December 2000 | by jruwaldtSee all my reviews

This is a silly movie with plenty of entertaining comedy. Any male-bashing in it is clearly intended in good fun, even if it's dead serious for the characters. I found absolutely nothing offensive about this film, recognizing it for the light-hearted fun it is. A lot of men ARE scum. This just isn't the sort of comedy where generalizations and stereotypes are dangerous and offensive. In contrast, I was rather frustrated by Waiting to Exhale, because I felt it was too serious in its male-bashing. The women in First Wives Club seemed clever and delightfully devious, whereas the women in Waiting to Exhale seemed to prefer to sit around discussing how evil men are and plotting bits of petty revenge that showed how superior they are, not to mention setting fire to their husbands' property. First Wives Club takes a more constructive and intelligent approach to the problem and does so with much hilarity. I don't see how anyone can be offended by something as fun as this. I also find a comparison to Birth of a Nation to be very stretched, particularly since the attitudes in First Wives Club are not as dangerous, and, as I have reiterated several times, they are not intended to be serious. Overall, I would rate this film at least a seven.


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