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Die Frauen von Stepford (1975)

The Stepford Wives (original title)
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.

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... Joanna Eberhart
... Bobbie Markowe
... Walter Eberhart
... Carol Van Sant
... Charmaine Wimpiris
... Dr. Fancher (as Carol Rossen)
... Ike Mazzard
... Kit Sunderson
Toni Reid ... Marie Axhelm
... Patricia Cornell
Barbara Rucker ... Mary Ann Stravros
... Claude Axhelm
... Ed Wimpiris
Robert Fields ... Raymond Chandler
... 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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Something strange is happening in the town of Stepford. See more »


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12 February 1975 (USA)  »

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The original draft of the screenplay called for the women to wear miniskirts. Supposedly, once director Bryan Forbes cast his wife, Nanette Newman, as one of the wives, this changed. Ms. Newman did not have the figure for such revealing clothing, and the women were dressed instead in feminine but modest wardrobe. The remake may not have been completely successful, but it attempted to correct this design problem. See more »

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In the last scene in the supermarket "changed" Joanna does not have large breasts anymore, but the night she was "replacing" the original Joanna she had. See more »

Quotes

Dale Coba: [Joanna is brewing coffee] I like to watch women doing little domestic chores.
Joanna Eberhart: You came to the right town.
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Connections

Referenced in ALF: Baby Love (1989) See more »

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Summer Dresses and Big Brimmed Hats
29 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

The image of beautiful, not necessarily sexy, women parading through the aisles of a grocery story in picturesque, almost Victorian summer dresses and wide white broad brimmed hats is one of the most lasting of this effective thriller based on the work by Ira Levin. Katherine Ross engagingly plays a women being moved with family in tow from the hustle and bustle of New York City to the serene suburbs of old Connetticut. Ross soon discovers that life for the gentle sex is anything but normal. All the women of Stepford seem to be concerned with is housecleaning and pleasing their husbands. This is a good, high energy film that shocks more from looks and what you do not see rather than what you do see. Helping greatly is a solid acting cast working with a pliable script. Though shot with an almost static effect at times, The Stepford Wives packs a few good punches. The scene in the grocery store and the scene with the empty eyes are just two of the highlights for me. Patrick O' Neal, lovely Tina Louise, and the ever loquacious Paula Prentiss costar. At the heart of the film is human identity and the worth it has/should have. There are aspects of social commentary abounding: the relationship of men and women in marriage, the effects of Suburban living, and the dangers of technology.


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