The First Wives Club (1996)



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In this comedy-drama, a former classmate's suicide reunites three middle-aged college friends from the class of '69. These classmates have something in common -- their husbands all left them for younger women. Together the scorned women formulate plans exquisitely designed to make their ex-husbands lives as miserable as possible.
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Maggie Smith
as Gunilla Garson Goldberg
Heather Locklear
as Gil's wife
Marcia Gay Harden
as Dr. Leslie Rosen
Victor Garber
as Bill Atchison
Bette Midler
as Brenda Morelli Cushman
Goldie Hawn
as Elise Elliot Atchison
Diane Keaton
as Annie MacDuggan Paradise
Rob Reiner
as Dr. Morris Packman
Dan Hedaya
as Morty Cushman
Stockard Channing
as Cynthia Swann Griffin
Bronson Pinchot
as Duarto Feliz
Stephen Collins
as Aaron Paradise
Timothy Olyphant
as Brett Artounian
Elizabeth Berkley
as Phoebe LaVelle
Gregg Edelman
as Mark Loest
Gloria Steinem
as Herself
J. Smith-Cameron
as Ms. Sullivan
Kate Burton
as Woman in Bed
James Naughton
as Gil Griffin
Philip Bosco
as Uncle Carmine
Paul Hecht
as `A Certain Age' Cast Member
Eileen Heckart
as Catherine MacDuggan
Jennifer Dundas
as Chris Paradise
J.K. Simmons
as Federal Marshall
Edward Hibbert
as Maurice
Peter Frechette
as Broadway Director
Mark Nelson
as Eric Loest
Debra Monk
as Jilted Lover
Harsh Nayyar
as Mohammed
Ed Koch
as Himself
Stephen Pearlman
as Mr. Christian
Dina Spybey
as Young Elise
Stephen Mendillo
as Federal Marshall
Eric Martin Brown
as `A Certain Age' Cast Member
Walter Bobbie
as Man in Bed
Chelsea Altman
as `A Certain Age' Cast Member
Ivana Trump
as Herself
Nancy Ticotin
as Dancer
Anne Shropshire
as `A Certain Age' Cast Member
Robin Morse
as Karen
Aida Linares
as Teresa
Armand Dahan
as Contractor
Ari Greenberg
as Jason Cushman
Adria Tennor
as Young Annie
Roxane Barlow
as Dancer
Sue Simmons
as Newscaster
Christopher Burge
as Auctioneer
Mark Perman
as The Cantor
Lea De Laria
as Elise's Fan
Jennifer Lam
as Chris's Friend
Michele Brilliant
as Young Brenda
Juliehera DeStefano
as Young Cynthia
Amy Heggins
as Dancer
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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (8)

Diane Keaton is at her best here, Goldie Hawn has never been this good, and we know going in that Bette Midler is virtually tailored to a raucous farce about the sweet revenge of spurned spouses.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

Funny film with the three leads in top form.

November 2, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Suprisingly funny lighthearted comedy dealing with divorce. Lackluster conclusion, but good "feel good" tone.

July 13, 2003

"glossy fluff, impeccably cast and performed"

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

More entertaining than it ought to be, considering how sloppily it was put together.

June 18, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Trite, labored, and much too nice.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999

Audience Reviews for The First Wives Club

Funny comedy about how first wives get their own back on their husbands. When their friend dies they want to support other women.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

loved this chick flick! is revenge sweet? hell yeah these chicks kick ass!!!!

 ♥Robyn  M♥
♥Robyn M♥

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"Ladies, you have to be strong and independent, and remember, don't get mad, get everything."

Cherry Darling
Cherry Darling

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