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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 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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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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The location used for the rotunda of the Men's Club was the same one used in the original film. See more »

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When Claire drives Joanna through Stepford, her seat belt disappears and reappears between shots. 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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In the credits, Corning is credited with "cutlured stone" rather than "cultured stone". See more »

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Referenced in RuPaul's Drag Race: Queens of Talk (2014) See more »

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The Billboard March
(1901)
Music by John Klohr
Performed by New Columbian Brass Band
Courtesy of Walking Frog Records
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fluff gone wild
10 January 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

If you spent $10 for this movie, you would undoubtedly want 8.50 of it back. As it is, I spent $3.95 on movies on demand and felt cheated.

This is an extremely flimsy movie drenched in color with a fantastic cast that falls short of being either scary or funny. One certainly expects more - a lot more - from Paul Rudnick. There were a lot of missed opportunities here, due to the fact that the film couldn't figure out what it wanted to be.

Glenn Close is positively hilarious as the head matron, but most of the rest of this marvelous cast, including Nicole Kidman, Bette Midler, Christopher Walken, and Matthew Broderick are wasted. There are some very good moments, and the opening credits are brilliant. But ultimately it falls short.

And I mean short. As a screenwriter myself, I know that a script must be at least 90 pages. If this movie was 75 pages, I'll eat one of Glenn Close's gorgeous hats. Folks, don't rip off your audience like that. It's not good business.


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