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The Stepford Wives (1975)

Joanna Eberhart has come to the quaint little town of Stepford, Connecticut with her family, but soon discovers there lies a sinister truth in the all too perfect behavior of the female residents.

Director:

Bryan Forbes

Writers:

Ira Levin (novel), William Goldman (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Katharine Ross ... Joanna Eberhart
Paula Prentiss ... Bobbie Markowe
Peter Masterson ... Walter Eberhart
Nanette Newman ... Carol Van Sant
Tina Louise ... Charmaine Wimpiris
Carol Eve Rossen ... Dr. Fancher (as Carol Rossen)
William Prince ... Ike Mazzard
Carole Mallory ... Kit Sunderson
Toni Reid Toni Reid ... Marie Axhelm
Judith Baldwin ... Patricia Cornell
Barbara Rucker Barbara Rucker ... Mary Ann Stravros
George Coe ... Claude Axhelm
Franklin Cover ... Ed Wimpiris
Robert Fields Robert Fields ... Raymond Chandler
Michael Higgins ... Mr. Cornell
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The Stepford Wives is about a small suburb where the women happily go about their housework - cleaning, doing laundry, and cooking gourmet meals - to please their husbands. Unfortunately, Bobbie and Joanna discover that the village's wives have been replaced with robots, and Joanna's husband wants in on the action. Written by Kevin <Kibble@vm.temple.edu>

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Trivia

When the casting process began, producer Edgar J. Scherick, who had secured the rights to Ira Levin's novel desiring to achieve "another Rosemary's Baby (1968)", suggested Mia Farrow for the role of Joanna. The idea was quickly dropped, and the actress, then living in England, was never approached. See more »

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In the end, when Joanna returns to her home to get the children to escape Stepford, it is dark out. When confronted by her husband, she runs upstairs to her room, the hall is lit by daylight. See more »

Quotes

Joanna Eberhart: I won't be here when you get back, don't you see? It's going to happen before then. Don't ask me to explain it, I just know. There'll be somebody with my name, and she'll cook and clean like crazy, but she won't take pictures, and she won't be me! She'll - she'll, she'll be like one of those the robots in Disneyland.
Dr. Fancher: Alright, now listen. I'll give you a prescription which you have filled, then you gather up your children and you GET THE HELL AWAY! Don't tell your husband, don't tell anyone, just...
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Referenced in The Ray Bradbury Theater: Usher II (1990) See more »

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Hardly domestic bliss for wives in Stepford
18 July 2016 | by barryrdSee all my reviews

The Stepford Wives was a huge disappointment. I expected something much more riveting. Rosemary's Baby, also based on another Ira Levin book, was far better. This one dragged from start to finish. Even accomplished actors Katharine Ross and Paula Prentiss couldn't rescue this slow motion movie. I'm not saying that this isn't an interesting period piece. Made in the early 1970's it shows the disquiet of young, educated women about marriage and becoming a domestic robot. Many women of the time expressed the need to avoid becoming kitchen queens, keeping a perfect house and being sexually attractive. Some of the dialogue makes this very clear in a humorous and mocking way. Some of the scenes of the women are quite pointed. For example, conversations about domestic cleaning solutions at a serious meeting where Katharine Ross and Paula Prentiss try to encourage some awareness raising about the emptiness of their lives. The supermarket scene of the wives dressed like domestic sex goddesses was like fodder for the college crowd in 1975. It was genuinely funny. There is some over the top drama where Katharine Ross tries take a stand against the town's conspiracy to make all families into robotic commercial style icons of the advertising world. Clearly the movie had points to make but lacked coherence and was marred by an overlong and far fetched story that wouldn't connect with the audience then or now.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

12 February 1975 (USA) See more »

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Gross USA:

$8,720,000
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Sound Mix:

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Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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