The Stepford Wives (1975)
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In the William Goldman-scripted, Bryan Forbes-directed adaptation of Ira Levin's savagely satiric sci-fi novel The Stepford Wives, housewife Joanna (Katharine Ross) moves with husband Walter (Peter Masterson) and their children to the "ideal" suburban community of Stepford, CT. Slowly, Joanna deduces that something is amiss; most of the other housewives are vapid creatures who speak in trivialities and live only to please their husbands. Together with new friend Bobby (Paula Prentiss), she
Feb 12, 1975 Wide
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Overlong and underdeveloped, this flimsy Bryan Forbes horror story (1975) would probably have made a decent television movie; but on the big screen and stretched to nearly two hours, it sags badly.
William Goldman's leisurely script and Forbes' dull direction never quite capture the subtleties of Ira Levin's novel about an idyllic Connecticut commuter village where the housewives are a bunch of domesticated dummies.
The humor that remains in the movie is preesnted with such facetiousness one almost feels embarrassed to watch. You want to tell the actors to take it easy, since it's apparent that Bryan Forbes, the film's director, didn't.
The first hour takes what feels like two, and the last 44 minutes goes like an Indy car, so the pace is alternately snail's and Lamborghini's.
Decent 70s thriller.
The original and the best....truly creepy
Overrated uber-70s style thriller with an intriguing premise.
Maintains a satisfying level of suspense, and if nothing else beats the stuffing out of the lame remake.
Critical of the suburban milieu as a petri dish where regressive sexist fantasies are cultivated.
Truly scary in a can't-shake-it kind of way
The Stepford Wives contains a number of timeless scenes that are the essence of women's fears about the patriarchal society in which they live.
Still holds up as part horror film, part social commentary
The misogynistic twist at the end is an acquiescence in the worst sort of way.
The story is built on a foundation of fear and paranoia, yet it manages to give us a satisfying conclusion, proving that sometimes our sixth sense is not so far off.
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