The Stepford Wives

June 11th, 2004


The Stepford Wives

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What does it take to become a Stepford wife, a woman perfect beyond belief? Ask the Stepford husbands, who've created this high-tech terrifying little town, in a very modern comedy-thriller.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 5.1/10 (32,029 voted)

Critic's Score: 42/100

Director: Frank Oz

Stars: Nicole Kidman, Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick

Joanna Eberhart, a wildly succesful 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 ascerbic 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?

Writers: Ira Levin, Paul Rudnick

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

Taglines: Are you a Stepford wife? Are you a Stepford husband? Couple, ask yourselves: Would you move to Stepford?


Official Website: Paramount Pictures | UIP [Brazil] |

Release Date: 11 June 2004

Filming Locations: Bedminster, New Jersey, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $21,406,781 (USA) (13 June 2004) (3057 Screens)

Gross: $102,001,626 (Worldwide) (6 March 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The theatrical trailer includes snippets of scenes not used in the final film, like Bette Midler's character having some "technical" problems and saying "Good Bye" over and over again.

Continuity: When Roger, Bobbie and Joanna are at the bottom of the stairs in Sarah's house, their positions change between scenes.

[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.

User Review

As Bad As It Gets


This movie is a perfect example of what is wrong with the state of movies today. The original was a gem, with excellent acting by Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss, and Patrick O'Neal. It was part horror story, part feminist cautionary tale. Most of all, it was BELIEVABLE! You got the feeling these were real people, and that all this could really be happening--and with a minimum of "special effects". The dialogue was pretty intelligent, the plot twists weren't given away in the first 15 minutes, and the ending was a real shocker. You cared about the female characters in the movie--you cared about Joanna's plight, and rooted for her to escape her planned fate.

The current version could only--and was probably meant to--appeal to the lowest common denominator of movie-goer. In this film, the women are just as bad as the men--you don't give a damn what happens to them; that's how annoying the characters are. The laughs are cheap and lowbrow, vital plot elements of Ira Levin's novel are missing, and the acting is just plain bad.

You know what? I'm getting annoyed just writing about this dreck. If you have any taste, any sense, any feeling for good films, any aversion to wasting good money on bad movies--stay far away from this one!! See the original, and appreciate the stunning subtlety of a thinking person's movie, well-made and well-acted.


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