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The First Wives Club (1996)

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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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Don't get mad. Get everything. 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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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Brenda refers to Cynthia's ex-husband and his girlfriend as "The Vampire Lestat and Louis". This is a reference to Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), in which Louis and Lestat are two vampires. See more »

Goofs

In the scene after Cynthia's funeral, when the girls are at the restaurant table, Brenda asks Elise about her surgery. When Brenda says "...the full enchilada", it's dubbed from "...the full Ivana" (as seen in the trailer), referencing Ivana Trump. See more »

Quotes

Elise: I drink because I am a sensitive and highly strung person.
Brenda: No, that's why your co-stars drink.
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Connections

Referenced in The Making of 'Hanging Up' (2000) See more »

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A Beautiful Morning
Written by Felix Cavaliere and Edward Brigati (as Eddie Brigati, Jr.)
Performed by The Rascals
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Could have been a good farce, could have been a good message film, ended up being neither
28 December 2001 | by ken98465See all my reviews

OK, I know this is a chick flick and I am anatomically incorrect. Still, I had high hopes for First Wives Club until about half way through. It looked like it was headed towards over-the-top farce like The Jerk or Adventures In Babysitting. Then it detoured and tried to be "important". Very few films can succeed at both. Willing suspense of disbelief works in a farce, but "important" movies need a coherent plot. The plot and the comedy both die midway, leaving us to wait for a painfully trite conclusion.

At least that's the way this non-chick saw it.


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