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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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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 »

Genres:

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:

The First Wives Club 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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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the main topics for satire in this movie is the constant societal pressure on middle-aged women to stay young-looking and beautiful, with the result that some of them undergo various cosmetic surgical procedures to try to achieve and maintain that youth and beauty despite the potential dangers of elective surgery. For example, Elise's plastic surgeon protests that if he gives her "any more collagen, your lips are gonna look like they got stuck in a pool drain." The author of the novel on which this movie was based, Olivia Goldsmith, died in 2004 at the age of 54, due to complications from anesthesia during elective cosmetic surgery. See more »

Goofs

Elise, Annie and Brenda are having lunch after the funeral, the placement of the cocktails changes repeatedly. See more »

Quotes

Morty: Shelly, what happened here? $140,00 for a PLATE? $47,000 for a carpet? A USED carpet? $300,00 for a Lamborghini? Are you crazy?
Shelly: I bought the car for you! It was only 300 grand! It was a GIFT!
Morty: With my money you bought it! I bought me the gift!
Shelly: Jesus, Morty, all I want is a lifestyle, y'know - with some ambiance and some classic eternal good taste!
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References Gilda (1946) See more »

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You Don't Own Me
Written by John Madara and Dave White
Performed by Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton
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A Completely Winning Comedy
12 December 2005 | by Isaac5855See all my reviews

THE FIRST WIVES CLUB is a sparkling all-star comedy that hits all the right notes and makes you want to cheer out loud while you're watching. This is the story of three former college girlfriends (Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler) who are reunited after many years due to the suicide of a mutual friend (Stockard Channing) and all learn that they have been dumped by their husbands for younger women. They bond and not only plan revenge on their husbands but take their revenge to another unexpected level that is curiously refreshing for a comedy of this type. Keaton, Hawn, and Midler are marvelous as the women out for their ex-husbands'blood. Stephen Collins, Victor Garber, and Dan Hedaya are all on the mark as the scummy ex-husbands. There are funny bits contributed along the way by Rob Reiner as Hawn's plastic surgeon, Sarah Jessica Parker as Hedaya's mistress, Maggie Smith as a wealthy divorcée, Bronson Pinchot as a faux designer, Eileen Heckart as Keaton's mother, and Marcia Gay Harden as Collins'therapist/mistress. A wonderful script is smartly mounted by director Hugh Wilson with an energetic cast to produce a terrific film comedy which can easily be watched several times and discover new pleasures on each viewing.


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