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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.

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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In an interview with Ain't It Cool, Frank Oz's take on the film was "I f***ed up... I had too much money, and I was too responsible and concerned for Paramount. I was too concerned for the producers. And I didn't follow my instincts." See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Queer as Folk: Excluding and Abstemiousness (2005) See more »

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The Billboard March
by John Klohr
Performed by New Columbian Brass Band
Courtesy of Walking Frog Records
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Forget this mess and rent the original!
20 July 2004 | by waylonsmithers9See all my reviews

The original STEPFORD WIVES was a creepy movie with subtle touches of humor. That subtlety allowed the suspense and the sense of danger to build slowly, leading up to a rather disturbing finale. In this version, there is no subtlety or building up. Rather, the tone shifts are as jarring as jump cuts. It's a satire! It's a "campy" comedy! It's a suspense thriller! Look out! Here comes a happy ending! Not to mention the inconsistencies regarding the "Stepfordization" of the wives (discussed in other user comments). It's as if Frank Oz and company threw a bunch of unrelated scenes together and hoped no one would notice.

As for the cast, it's a disappointment to see such interesting actors and actresses assembled in such a weak film. Blame Paul Rudnick, whose campy-queeny- faggy humor is really wearing thin. (And I can write that because I'm gay!)

Didn't Bette Midler learn her lesson after ISN'T SHE GREAT????

I encourage everyone out there to run to the video store and rent the original.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Gross USA:

$59,484,742

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,370,127
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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