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The Stepford Wives (1975) (Bilingual) [Import]

Katharine Ross , Paula Prentiss , Bryan Forbes    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Ira Levin's scary novel about forced conformity in a small Connecticut town made for this compelling 1975 thriller. Katharine Ross stars as a city woman who moves with her husband to Stepford and is startled by how perpetually happy many of the local women seem to be. Her search for an answer reveals a plot to replace troublesome real wives with more accommodating fake ones (not unlike the alien takeover in Invasion of the Body Snatchers). The closer she gets to the truth, the more danger she faces--not to mention the likelihood that the men in town intend to replace her as well. Screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) and director Bryan Forbes (King Rat) made this a taut, tense semiclassic with a healthy dose of satiric wit. The DVD release presents the film in its original widescreen dimensions. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Dec 12 2008
The Stepford Wives is a tongue-in-cheek comedy bearing little resemblance to the original 1975 thriller starring Katharine Ross and Paula Prentiss. The older film, based on Ira Levin's novel, was man's answer to the Women's Liberation Movement, and proved to be so popular it was followed by three made-for-TV sequels. It would seem, then, that a remake would now be outdated, but the new version pokes fun at the jealousy many men have faced over the past couple of decades towards women who have become captains of industry.

When queen of broadcasting Joanna Eberhart (Nicole Kidman) is dethroned, her husband Walter (Matthew Broderick) decides they need a fresh start to repair their short-circuiting marriage. And so they relocate to the idyllic gated community of Stepford, Connecticut, where all the women are perfectly coiffed, entirely vapid, and completely subservient to their drooling husbands. Joanna soon befriends the crass Bobbi (Bette Midler) and effiminate Roger (Roger Bart), and the trio of misfits set out to discover the town's dark secret.

The entire cast is top-notch, and clearly has fun with the material. Kidman is a delight as the insensitive Joanna, while (the ever-pubescent) Broderick plays the emasculated Walter. Christopher Walken and Glenn Close add sparks as Stepford's most influential couple, while Midler shines as the town's only Jewish wife. But Jon Lovitz and singer Faith Hill appear only briefly.

Director Frank Oz (best known as the voice of Miss Piggy) has created an enjoyable film, while the clever script by Paul Rudnick offers numerous laughs.

Unfortunately, The Stepford Wives worked better as a horror, since the now quirky developments play like an episode of The Muppet Show.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific adaptation of the book July 13 2004
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I watched this movie because of the excellent book by Ira Levin. I haven't seen the remake yet, but it will be hard to top this version. This movie is very faithful to the book. There are some changes made, but they remain true to the book and help make it a better movie.
The acting is pretty good. I really found myself caring about what happens to Joanna and Bobbie, her best friend. Having read the book, it was great to see these characters brought to life in a way that rang true. It was almost worse knowing what happens to these characters before you actually see it because you really do want things to turn out OK for them.
It was also very well-written. It starts out kind of slow, but once it digs its hooks in, it keeps you glued to the TV. I also like the way they dealt with the subject of women's desire to be an individual and not some cookie cutter housewife with no life at all. It was done very creatively and it was clever as well.
I highly recommend this movie. It is very creepy and there are some very intense moments. Just because it's rated PG does not mean it wimps out on the suspense. This is one of the most suspenseful movies I've seen in a whil and it's one of the best book to film adaptations I've ever seen.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a great concept, but poorly executed July 12 2004
A film by Bryan Forbes
This film is the first "Stepford Wives" movie and is adapted from Ira Levin's novel of the same name. The tone of this film is much different than the newer version. The new "Stepford Wives" is more of a comedy, but this version fits into the horror/thriller/suspense genre. It deals with an idea that should scare the feminist movement: that men would rather trade their wife in for a human looking robot than have a strong woman as a mate. When this movie was released in 1975, "The Stepford Wives" had a social identity and a social relevance to the feminist movement. In that vein, the movie might have been more powerful twenty years ago, but I can only react to how it played today.
Walter (Peter Masterson) and Joanna (Katherine Ross) are moving from the big city to the smaller town of Stepford. Joanna is unnerved by the women of Stepford. They all seem to be very happy and content in their lives...lives that are solely focused on pleasing their husbands. Joanna thinks that something is wrong, and seems to get confirmation when new residents who start out normal begin changing dramatically to the "Stepford" type wife. The tone of this film leans towards suspense as tension is building throughout the film as hints are given and Joanna's fear mounts as to what is happening and what may very well happen to her.
The movie has a great idea behind it. The whole concept of Stepford is wonderful for a movie (and a book, too) and it should work much better than it does. The problem is that the acting was not very good, but that may be because the dialogue the actors were given wasn't much better. A big example of this is the character of Bobbie (Paula Prentiss).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Stepford Wives June 24 2004
By Mac
Stepford Wives was a really good movie; I had no idea I would like it so much.The plot is really well adapted from the book let alone a great presentation of the standard quality that some expected from a wife or family.The acting really wasn't half bad and neither was the dialogue. Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss, & Peter Masterson do great performances with Bryan Forbes doing a fabulous job directing.This scifi/horror flick is an almost perfect film that will certainly give it's share of chills and spooks.This film is deeper than just a spooky story.I want to see the remake, but haven't heard very good reviews to say the least.Anyway if your in the mood for a great movie check out The Stepford Wives.Are You Ready To Get Stepfor-ized!
Katharine Ross stars in this classic horror film as Joanna, a woman who moves to Stepford, Connecticut, along with her husband Walter (Peter Masterson) and her best friend Bobbie (Paula Prentiss). As the two women meet the other housewives who live in Stepford, they begin to notice that all of them are interested only in cooking, cleaning, and pleasing their husbands. Joanna and Bobbie are alarmed further when their husbands join the mysterious Stepford Men's Club, which convenes in a heavily guarded mansion and harbors a nefarious secret agenda. Based on the novel by Ira Levin (ROSEMARY'S BABY) and followed by the made-for-television sequels THE REVENGE OF THE STEPFORD WIVES, THE STEPFORD CHILDREN, and THE STEPFORD HUSBANDS.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Nightmare
Is the community of Stepford, Connecticut, a modern day Utopia, or is there something sinister lurking under the surface? Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2010 by Andre Leblanc
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Entertainement
Just love this movie. Christopher Walken is always a joy to watch and Nicole Kidman is such a great actress too. Mathew Broderick also has a good part. Read more
Published on April 19 2009 by Kathleen Dore
3.0 out of 5 stars A great, but very slow-moving picture.
After seeing the new version of The Stepford Wives (which, incidentally, I loved) I had to seek out the original, which I haven't seen since I was a kid. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Will Watson
Published on July 15 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Most recent release - Very Grainy DVD - great movie
I've loved this movie since seeing it on TV in the latter 70's. I also have the original DVD release which, sad to say, is far superior to this release. Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by S. King
4.0 out of 5 stars Now why would you go and do a thing like that?
This movie was really good. Although I found it slow in parts, I still really liked it. The acting, especially with Katherine Ross and Paula Prentiss, was also really good. Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by ,Lucas Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll simply die if I don't get this recipe!
THE STEPFORD WIVES was a unique film. It set out to make a horror film where clean spotless sunlit kitchens were just as scary as rainy spooky old mansions at midnight. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Brett D. Cullum
3.0 out of 5 stars Cool Movie - bad transfer
I just got the newly released (June 15, 2004) DVD and was surprised to see how low quality the image looks on a HDTV with a progressive scan player. Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by Ardeal
3.0 out of 5 stars "You're the best, you're the champ, you're the master...!"
Well, not quite. The sad thing about Ira Levin's brilliant little satirical Gothic about the backlash against Second Wave Feminism is that it's never quite received a film... Read more
Published on June 14 2004 by Jay Dickson
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