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Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart (2003)

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A grim look at homemaking business tycoon Martha Stewart's story, behind the facade of her motherly housewife appearance, including a crime she committed that brought her fame to a halt.


Jason Ensler


Christopher M. Byron (book), Suzette Couture (teleplay)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Cybill Shepherd ... Martha Stewart
Tim Matheson ... Andy Stewart
Joanna Cassidy ... Caroline Kass
Jude Ciccolella ... Ed Kostyra
Dorie Barton ... Young Martha Stewart
Seann Gallagher ... Young Andy Stewart
Michelle Nolden ... Norma Collier
Ross Petty Ross Petty
Sheila Brand Sheila Brand
Rhonda McLean ... Connie Maynard
Hollis McLaren ... Big Martha
Raquel Duffy Raquel Duffy ... Melissa Graham
Jeremy Akerman ... Kmart CEO
Nigel Bennett ... Rat Bastard
Stan Carew Stan Carew ... Sam Waksal


A grim look at homemaking business tycoon Martha Stewart's story, behind the facade of her motherly housewife appearance, including a crime she committed that brought her fame to a halt.

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some thematic elements



Canada | USA



Release Date:

19 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Production Co:

Jaffe/Braunstein Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In one of the oddest twists in television history, this film received scathing reviews, prompting its creators and star Cybill Shepherd to publicly announce that their project was not meant to be viewed -- or reviewed -- as a serious biography of Martha Stewart, but as a scathing satire. The network reran the film within a few weeks, a very unusual practice for a TV movie, and it has since been embraced as a camp classic. However, it remains unclear whether its creators actually set out to make a comedy or were merely saving face in the wake of the film's deadly reception. See more »


At the end of the movie, Martha stops by a marketplace off the highway back to Connecticut. In the hall of the marketplace, a Canadian flag can be seen flying from a pole, where you would otherwise expect an American flag to be. See more »


Martha Stewart: I want cotton. I want three-hundred thread count minimum, or this face doesn't sell these sheets. Just because Kmart sells inexpensive products doesn't mean they can't be beautiful. That's why I'm here: not to sink to your level, but to raise you to mine.
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References Martha Stewart Living (1996) See more »

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A morality Tale
1 November 2006 | by roedygSee all my reviews

This is a fairly simple morality tale about what happens when you become an overachiever, when vaulting ambition demands ever higher achievement.

Martha in her demand to make a splash, ignores her husband and child.

If Martha were male, she might be looked on as a heroic figure who sacrificed personal happiness.

I have always been amazed at how effortlessly Martha creates domestic perfection. Here, you see behind the covers at the panic and stress to create that illusion.

The movie points out Martha was once a stock broker, so when she was nailed on insider trading, she could not very well claim naiveté.

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