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The Stepford Wives (1975) (Bilingual) [Import]
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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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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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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.
Katharine Ross(in an EXCELLENT turn)plays Joanna Eberhard who moves from NYC to Stepford with her husband and two daughters. She's a photographer and homemaker who's dabbled in the women's movement but never really taken up the cause. She begins to realize the women of Stepford are all obsessed with housework, and worse ... subservient and servile to their husbands. She joins up with another woman who finds this all strange, Bobbie -- played oustandingly by Paula Prentiss. Together they find out a string of clues that maybe not all is well in Stepford, and the seemingly benign suburban bliss may be MANUFACTURED by the creepy Men's Society that every husband is a part of.
Bryan Forbes took over this project after speculations Brian De Palma should film it. He made a very effective treatment of the novel, but added his own touches. His wife Nannette Newman influenced the costumes by demanding rather than proposed Playboy bunny outfits the wives should look Victorian with hats and gloves and long dresses - creepy and sexy. Tina Louise (Ginger on Gilligan's Island) also makes a great cameo as Charmaine - one of Joanna and Bobbie's radical friends who transforms to a Stepford Wife by startingly ripping up her tennis court for a pool her husband wants.Read more ›
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I had not seen this movie in a while and streamed it last night. I had forgotten how good it is! The beautiful Katherine Ross brings this movie to life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cam
Coming from this era, I find this film to be an enlightening look at the evolution of American family values. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Preman dello Russo
I was glad to be able to finally get this classic for a decent price. The transaction with this Amazon seller was smooth and trouble-free.Published 14 months ago by 2BHonest
Classic movie - especially when you think of when this movie was made. Well done.Published 19 months ago by Buster
Is the community of Stepford, Connecticut, a modern day Utopia, or is there something sinister lurking under the surface? Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2010 by Andre Leblanc
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 morePublished on April 19 2009 by Kathleen Dore
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 morePublished on July 19 2004 by Will Watson
AN EXCELLENT MOVIE ALL AROUND!!! FROM THE STORYLINE TO THE ACTING. DEFINITELY SCARY AT TIMES AND AT TIMES FUNNY. Read morePublished on July 15 2004
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. Read morePublished on July 13 2004
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