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The Stepford Wives (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi | 11 June 2004 (USA)
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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.

Director:

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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Are you a Stepford wife? Are you a Stepford husband? Couple, ask yourselves: Would you move to Stepford? See more »


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

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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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reunites Matthew Broderick with his Biloxi Blues (1988) co-star Christopher Walken. See more »

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Moments before Walter drives to up to the Stepford community gates, the scenery outside his window shows cars passing by him even though he is driving on a one-way street. See more »

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[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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Crazy Credits

The opening titles are shown alongside various vintage clips from the 1950s of women operating high-tech (for the time) appliances. See more »

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Features Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (2000) See more »

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Claire's Reel
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Written, Performed and Produced by David Mansfield
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A film made by a focus group, rather than anyone artistic
19 September 2008 | by SebSee all my reviews

Standing alongside The Wicker Man as the worst remake ever this really is a pile of utter nonsense. The original had a good story to tell but this one is just a joke.

Nicole Kidman would seem to be the perfect choice for a robotic woman, I've never seen her show any emotions whatsoever. You can't really blame the cast, the script is so poor that even the best actor would struggle to convey any meaning in their lines.

The studio weren't too happy with the downbeat ending so ordered a change, and then another, and then another. This ensured that this movie has a happy smiley ending and the fact that it makes NO SENSE whatsoever didn't seem to worry them because in their minds we the viewers are basically vegetables that just need to be exposed to some flickering images for about an hour and a half.

An entire army of producers cut this one up and made an absolute mess of it, it's barely even a proper film let alone a coherent story. You know what's really frightening though? It still gets a 5 star rating (at the time of writing) so most people think this trash is average.

Even for bad movie fans there's just nothing to enjoy, the whole film is atrocious and the fact that it is a remake of a good film just plunges the knife in deeper. Deserves a spot in the bottom 100.


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