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The Stepford Wives (2004)

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The secret to a Stepford wife lies behind the doors of the Men's Association of how women become different and immobilized robots.

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Frank Oz

Writers:

Ira Levin (book), Paul Rudnick (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Joanna Eberhart
Matthew Broderick ... Walter Kresby
Bette Midler ... Bobbie Markowitz
Glenn Close ... Claire Wellington
Christopher Walken ... Mike Wellington
Roger Bart ... Roger Bannister
David Marshall Grant ... Jerry Harmon
Jon Lovitz ... Dave Markowitz
Dylan Hartigan ... Pete Kresby
Fallon Brooking ... Kimberly Kresby
Faith Hill ... Sarah Sunderson
Matt Malloy ... Herb Sunderson
Kate Shindle ... Beth Peters
Tom Riis Farrell ... Stan Peters
Lorri Bagley ... Charmaine Van Sant
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Storyline

Joanna Eberhart, a wildly successful president of a TV Network, after a series of shocking events, suffers a nervous breakdown and is moved by her milquetoast of a husband, Walter, from Manhattan to the chic, upper-class, and very modern planned community of Stepford, Connecticut. Once there, she makes good friends with the acerbic Bobbie Markowitz, a Jewish writer who's also a recovering alcoholic. Together they find out, much to their growing stupor and-then horror, that all the housewives in town are strangely blissful and, somehow... doomed. What is going on behind the closed doors of the Stepford Men's Association and the Stepford Day Spa? Why is everything perfect here? Will it be too late for Joanna and Bobbie when they finally find out? Written by Miguel Cane <stepford@yahoo.com>

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The wives of Stepford have a secret. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Paramount Pictures | UIP [Brazil] | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las mujeres perfectas See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenwich, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,406,781, 13 June 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$59,484,742

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,001,626
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Kresby children, Pete and Kimberly, are in reality only 13 days apart in age. Dylan Hartigan was born on May 8, 1996. Fallon Brooking was born on May 21, 1996. See more »

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When the family is driving to Stepford, Pete says "But why are we moving?". Kimberly can be clearly seen mouthing his line before saying "to Conneticut?" See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Helen Devlin: Ladies and gentlemen, I would now like to introduce a legend in our industry. She's the most successful president in the history of our network and for the past five years has kept us at the very top of the ratings.
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The opening credits are presented in a cursive script font rather than regular block letters. The letters alternate "flashing" on and off, mimicing machine lights. See more »

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Referenced in Medianeras (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Billboard March
(1901)
Music by John Klohr
Performed by New Columbian Brass Band
Courtesy of Walking Frog Records
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The Stepford Bores
11 August 2007 | by bob_bearSee all my reviews

When I heard Nicole Kidman was to appear in a remake of the seminal socio-horror flick, The Stepford Wives, I thought: what a fabulous idea. She was wonderful in The Others, after all. Then came the reviews - universally bad. Still I was curious enough to watch it. I will never get that 90 minutes of my life back again. But it's worse for Nicole, she could have been off making a decent film elsewhere during the months she must have spent on this pap. What was she thinking?

A film that stinks. Yes, stinks. This retelling of the original takes liberties with the plot that are nothing short of idiotic. It all adds up to a senseless mess.

It's a good job it flopped. The next move would probably have involved Julianne Moore in a "hilarious" remake of Rosemary's Baby - where the baby turned out to be the baby Jesus.

If I could give it no stars, I would.


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