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The Stepford Wives is a 1975 American satirical psychological horror film directed by Bryan Forbes. It was written by William Goldman, who based his screenplay on Ira Levin's 1972 novel of the same name. The film stars Katharine Ross as a woman who relocates with her husband (Peter Masterson) and children from New York City to the Connecticut community of Stepford, where she comes to find the women live unwaveringly subservient lives to their husbands.

The Stepford Wives
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBryan Forbes
Screenplay byWilliam Goldman
Based onThe Stepford Wives
by Ira Levin
Produced byEdgar J. Scherick
Starring
Cinematography
Edited byTimothy Gee
Music byMichael Small
Production
company
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • February 12, 1975 (1975-02-12)
Running time
115 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$4 million

Filmed in Connecticut in 1974, The Stepford Wives premiered theatrically in February 1975. It grossed $4 million at the U.S. box office, though it received mixed reviews from critics. Reaction from feminist activists was also divided at the time of its release; Betty Friedan dismissed it as a "rip-off of the women's movement" and discouraging women from seeing it, though others such as Gael Greene and Eleanor Perry defended the film. The Stepford Wives has grown in stature as a cult film over the years, and the term Stepford or Stepford wife has become a popular science fiction concept. Several sequels to the film were made, as well as a big-budget remake in 2004 that used the same title.

Contents

Joanna Eberhart (Katharine Ross) is a young wife who moves with her husband Walter (Peter Masterson) and their two daughters from Manhattan to the idyllic Fairfield County, Connecticut suburb of Stepford. Loneliness quickly sets in as Joanna, a mildly rebellious aspiring photographer, finds that the women in town all look flawless and are obsessed with housework, but have few intellectual interests. The men all belong to the exclusionary Men's Association, which Walter joins to Joanna's dismay. Neighbor Carol Van Sant's (Nanette Newman) sexual submissiveness to her husband Ted (Josef Sommer), and her odd, repetitive behavior after a car accident also strike Joanna as strange.

Joanna subsequently befriends the sloppy, irrepressible Bobby Markowe (Paula Prentiss), with whom she finds common interests and shared ideas. Along with the glamorously beautiful tennis-playing trophy wife Charmaine Wimperis (Tina Louise), the three organize a women's liberation meeting, but the gathering is a failure when the other wives continually divert the discussion to cleaning products. Joanna is also unimpressed by the boorish Men's Association members, including the intimidating president Dale “Diz” Coba (Patrick O'Neal), who gets his nickname from his previous work in animatronics at Disneyland. Stealthily, the Men's Association collects information on Joanna including her picture, her voice, and other personal details. When Charmaine returns from a weekend trip with her husband as an industrious, devoted wife who has fired her maid and destroyed her tennis court, Joanna and Bobby start investigating, with ever-increasing concern, the reason behind the submissive and bland behavior of the other wives. Their fear reaches its pinnacle when they discover that all the women were once strong, assertive, independent females and staunch advocates of liberal social policies. Joanna speculates that industries in or nearby Stepford, ranging from Aerospace, Computer Tech and Data, to Biochemical, are contaminating the local water to make the women submissive, which is later disproven.

Bobby and Joanna start house hunting in other towns. Later, Joanna wins a prestigious contract with a photo gallery. When she tells Bobby the good news, Joanna is shocked to find her freewheeling friend has abruptly changed into another clean, conformist housewife, with no intention of moving. Joanna panics and visits a psychiatrist, to whom she voices her belief that the men in the town are in a conspiracy of somehow altering the psyches of the women. The psychiatrist recommends that she leave town until she feels safe. After leaving the psychiatrist's office, Joanna returns home to pick up her children only to find out that her children are missing and Walter is evasive about their whereabouts. The two get in a physical scuffle when she refuses her husband’s demands to lie down in her bed. Joanna locks herself in the bedroom, then sneaks out to Bobby's house after Walter leaves her alone, but grows frustrated when Bobby refuses to engage with her in a meaningful way. Desperate and disturbed, Joanna stabs Bobby with a kitchen knife. Bobby does not bleed, but goes into a loop like a malfunctioning computer, thus revealing that the real Bobbie has been replaced by a robot.

Joanna later returns home and bludgeons Walter with a firepoker, demanding to know where their children were taken to. He tells Joanna that the kids are at the Men's Association, after which Walter loses consciousness. Despite sensing that she will be the latest victim, Joanna sneaks into the mansion which houses the Men's Association, in the hopes of finding her children. However, Joanna falls right into the trap that was set up for her, as she finds herself face to face with Coba, the operation’s mastermind. Dale tells Joanna that her children are really with "Charmaine”. He remotely locks the front door and asks her if she desires a flawless robotic husband, explaining that the men of Stepford replace their wives “because we can.” Dale then takes the poker away from her, at which point she screams and flees, eventually coming upon her own unfinished robot replica. Joanna is shocked into near paralysis when she witnesses its black, soulless, empty eyes. Thus the attraction of the tech and science industries to the town of Stepford. The Joanna-replica brandishes a nylon stocking and smilingly approaches Joanna to strangle her as Coba looks on.

Some time later, the artificial "Joanna" placidly peruses the local supermarket amongst the other "wives", all glamorously dressed. As they make their way through the store, they each vacantly greet one another. Meanwhile, in the same store, a Black couple (new residents of Stepford, and the first African Americans to live there) argues with each other, only stopping to return Joanna’s greeting. It’s heavily implied that the wife will become the next target of the conspiracy. During this sequence, the camera zooms in on Joanna, and reveals normal-looking eyes. During the end credits, photographs show a smiling Walter driving the family car, and picking up his new "Stepford Wife" from the supermarket with their children in the backseat.

Film scholar John Kenneth Muir interprets The Stepford Wives as "a film essay about what it means to be part of an unspoken 'underclass.'"

Development

Producer Edgar Scherick recruited English director Bryan Forbes to direct the film. Brian De Palma was initially going to direct but William Goldman didn’t want him to.

Casting

For the lead role of Joanna Eberhart, Forbes initially met with Diane Keaton, whom he said turned it down because her analyst did not like the script. Jean Seberg declined the part; Tuesday Weld initially accepted but cancelled before filming began. The part eventually went to Katharine Ross.

Joanna Cassidy was cast as Joanna's friend and ally Bobbie but was fired after a few weeks of production and replaced by Paula Prentiss.

Mary Stuart Masterson (daughter of Peter Masterson), Dee Wallace and Franklin Cover appear in supporting roles. Tina Louise - the original Ginger Grant from Gilligan's Island- was cast as a 'wife' along with her TV character's replacement Judith Baldwin.

For the role of Carol Van Sant, Forbes cast his wife, Nanette Newman.

Filming

Scheduling difficulties delayed the filming from 1973 until 1974.

No exterior sets were built for the film, which was shot on location in several Connecticut towns. The climax was filmed at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion in Norwalk. Forbes purposefully chose white and bright colors, attempting to make a "thriller in sunlight". With the exception of the stormy night finale, it is almost over-saturated to emphasize bright lights and cheerful-looking settings.

Tension developed between Forbes and screenwriter Goldman over the casting of Nanette Newman (Forbes' wife) as one of the wives. Goldman felt that the 40 year old Newman's appearance did not match the young provocatively-dressed model-like women he'd scripted for. Forbes responded by instituting contemporary prairie-style dress, complete with frilly aprons, for all the wives. Goldman was also unhappy with re-writes by Forbes - in particular, the ending - which Nanette Newman claimed Forbes had deliberately filmed "in an unreal way, so they were almost like a ballet moving in and out, up and down the aisle." Additional stresses were caused when actor Peter Masterson secretly called his friend Goldman for input on scenes. Goldman later claimed the film "could have been very strong, but it was rewritten and altered, and I don't think happily."

Box office

The Stepford Wives premiered theatrically in the United States on February 12, 1975. The film grossed approximately $4 million in North America.

Critical response

The Stepford Wives has a rating of 68% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 34 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10. The site's consensus states: "The Stepford Wives's inherent satire is ill-served by Bryan Forbes' stately direction, but William Goldman's script excels as a damning critique of a misogynistic society." Some critics deride its leisurely pace. Most applaud the "quiet, domestic" thrills the film delivers in the final third and earlier sections as "clever, witty, and delightfully offbeat". As for the satire in the film, Roger Ebert wrote "[The actresses] have absorbed enough TV, or have such an instinctive feeling for those phony, perfect women in the ads, that they manage all by themselves to bring a certain comic edge to their cooking, their cleaning, their gossiping and their living deaths."

Jerry Oster of the New York Daily News awarded the film a middling two out of four stars, describing the screenplay as a "tedious" and "padded" adaptation of the source material.

Variety summarized the film as "a quietly freaky suspense-horror story" and praised Ross's performance as "excellent and assured." John Seymour of the Santa Maria Times also gave the film a favorable review, deeming it an "epic nightmare" boasting "gripping drama."

Devan Coggan of Entertainment Weekly wrote that the finale was "deeply divisive" and the actress for Joanna stated retrospectively that if she was to revise the ending she would have Joanna "fight harder".

Reaction from feminists

Feminist Betty Friedan deemed the film a "rip-off" of the women's movement

Initial reaction to the film by feminist groups was not favorable, with one studio screening for feminist activists being met with "hisses, groans, and guffaws." Cast and crew disagreed with the perceived anti-woman interpretations, with Newman recalling "Bryan [Forbes] always used to say, ‘If anything, it’s anti-men!'" Despite Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique being a major influence on the original novel upon which the film was based, Friedan's response to the film was highly critical, calling it "a rip-off of the women's movement." Friedan commented that women should boycott the film and attempt to diminish any publicity for it.

Writer Gael Greene, however, lauded the film, commenting: "I loved it—those men were like a lot of men I've known in my life." Feminist screenwriter Eleanor Perry came to the film's defense, stating that it "presses buttons that make you furious—the fact that all the Stepford men wanted were big breasts, big bottoms, a clean house, fresh-perked coffee and sex."

Accolades

Year Institute Category Recipient Result Ref.
1975 Saturn Awards Best Actress Katharine Ross Won
Best Science Fiction Film The Stepford Wives Nominated
2001 American Film Institute 100 Years...100 Thrills Nominated
2008 Top 10 Top 10 (Science Fiction) Nominated

Home media

Anchor Bay Entertainment issued The Stepford Wives on VHS on March 10, 1997; they subsequently released a non-anamorphic DVD edition on December 3, 1997. In 2001, Anchor Bay reissued the film in a "Silver Anniversary" edition, featuring an anamorphic transfer as well as bonus interviews with cast and crew. In 2004, Paramount Home Entertainment re-released the "Silver Anniversary" edition, which featured the same bonus materials and screen menus.

Film scholar John Kenneth Muir considers The Stepford Wives one of the best horror films of the 1970s. In a writer's roundtable with The Hollywood Reporter, Jordan Peele listed the film as one of the inspirations behind his directorial debut Get Out.

A line delivered by Paula Prentiss, as Bobby Markowe, after becoming a Stepford Wife; "Yes.. this.. it's wonderful!", was legally sampled on the song, "Hey Music Lover", by British dance act, S-Express, becoming a big international hit in 1989.

The film influenced the development of the character Bree Van de Kamp in the successful series, Desperate Housewives (2004–12), played by Marcia Cross. The character was often referred to as a "Stepford Wife" by other characters, due to her somewhat uptight personality, immaculately presented home, beautifully pruned red roses, and her love of baking cakes. She also dressed in a Midwestern, traditional style, echoing, but modernizing, the look of the original "Stepford Wives", as seen in the film.

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The Stepford Wives 1975 film Article Talk Language Watch Edit The Stepford Wives is a 1975 American satirical psychological horror film directed by Bryan Forbes It was written by William Goldman who based his screenplay on Ira Levin s 1972 novel of the same name The film stars Katharine Ross as a woman who relocates with her husband Peter Masterson and children from New York City to the Connecticut community of Stepford where she comes to find the women live unwaveringly subservient lives to their husbands The Stepford WivesTheatrical release posterDirected byBryan ForbesScreenplay byWilliam GoldmanBased onThe Stepford Wives by Ira LevinProduced byEdgar J ScherickStarringKatharine Ross Paula Prentiss Peter Masterson Nanette Newman Tina Louise Patrick O NealCinematographyOwen RoizmanEdited byTimothy GeeMusic byMichael SmallProduction companyPalomar PicturesDistributed byColumbia PicturesRelease dateFebruary 12 1975 1975 02 12 Running time115 minutes 1 CountryUnited StatesLanguageEnglishBox office 4 million 2 3 Filmed in Connecticut in 1974 The Stepford Wives premiered theatrically in February 1975 It grossed 4 million at the U S box office though it received mixed reviews from critics Reaction from feminist activists was also divided at the time of its release Betty Friedan dismissed it as a rip off of the women s movement and discouraging women from seeing it though others such as Gael Greene and Eleanor Perry defended the film The Stepford Wives has grown in stature as a cult film over the years and the term Stepford or Stepford wife has become a popular science fiction concept Several sequels to the film were made as well as a big budget remake in 2004 that used the same title Contents 1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Analysis 4 Production 4 1 Development 4 2 Casting 4 3 Filming 5 Release 5 1 Box office 5 2 Critical response 5 2 1 Reaction from feminists 5 2 2 Accolades 5 3 Home media 6 Legacy 7 Related works 8 See also 9 References 10 Sources 11 External linksPlot EditJoanna Eberhart Katharine Ross is a young wife who moves with her husband Walter Peter Masterson and their two daughters from Manhattan to the idyllic Fairfield County Connecticut suburb of Stepford Loneliness quickly sets in as Joanna a mildly rebellious aspiring photographer finds that the women in town all look flawless and are obsessed with housework but have few intellectual interests The men all belong to the exclusionary Men s Association which Walter joins to Joanna s dismay Neighbor Carol Van Sant s Nanette Newman sexual submissiveness to her husband Ted Josef Sommer and her odd repetitive behavior after a car accident also strike Joanna as strange Joanna subsequently befriends the sloppy irrepressible Bobby Markowe Paula Prentiss with whom she finds common interests and shared ideas Along with the glamorously beautiful tennis playing trophy wife Charmaine Wimperis Tina Louise the three organize a women s liberation meeting but the gathering is a failure when the other wives continually divert the discussion to cleaning products Joanna is also unimpressed by the boorish Men s Association members including the intimidating president Dale Diz Coba Patrick O Neal who gets his nickname from his previous work in animatronics at Disneyland Stealthily the Men s Association collects information on Joanna including her picture her voice and other personal details When Charmaine returns from a weekend trip with her husband as an industrious devoted wife who has fired her maid and destroyed her tennis court Joanna and Bobby start investigating with ever increasing concern the reason behind the submissive and bland behavior of the other wives Their fear reaches its pinnacle when they discover that all the women were once strong assertive independent females and staunch advocates of liberal social policies Joanna speculates that industries in or nearby Stepford ranging from Aerospace Computer Tech and Data to Biochemical are contaminating the local water to make the women submissive which is later disproven Bobby and Joanna start house hunting in other towns Later Joanna wins a prestigious contract with a photo gallery When she tells Bobby the good news Joanna is shocked to find her freewheeling friend has abruptly changed into another clean conformist housewife with no intention of moving Joanna panics and visits a psychiatrist to whom she voices her belief that the men in the town are in a conspiracy of somehow altering the psyches of the women The psychiatrist recommends that she leave town until she feels safe After leaving the psychiatrist s office Joanna returns home to pick up her children only to find out that her children are missing and Walter is evasive about their whereabouts The two get in a physical scuffle when she refuses her husband s demands to lie down in her bed Joanna locks herself in the bedroom then sneaks out to Bobby s house after Walter leaves her alone but grows frustrated when Bobby refuses to engage with her in a meaningful way Desperate and disturbed Joanna stabs Bobby with a kitchen knife Bobby does not bleed but goes into a loop like a malfunctioning computer thus revealing that the real Bobbie has been replaced by a robot Joanna later returns home and bludgeons Walter with a firepoker demanding to know where their children were taken to He tells Joanna that the kids are at the Men s Association after which Walter loses consciousness Despite sensing that she will be the latest victim Joanna sneaks into the mansion which houses the Men s Association in the hopes of finding her children However Joanna falls right into the trap that was set up for her as she finds herself face to face with Coba the operation s mastermind Dale tells Joanna that her children are really with Charmaine He remotely locks the front door and asks her if she desires a flawless robotic husband explaining that the men of Stepford replace their wives because we can Dale then takes the poker away from her at which point she screams and flees eventually coming upon her own unfinished robot replica Joanna is shocked into near paralysis when she witnesses its black soulless empty eyes Thus the attraction of the tech and science industries to the town of Stepford The Joanna replica brandishes a nylon stocking and smilingly approaches Joanna to strangle her as Coba looks on Some time later the artificial Joanna placidly peruses the local supermarket amongst the other wives all glamorously dressed As they make their way through the store they each vacantly greet one another Meanwhile in the same store a Black couple new residents of Stepford and the first African Americans to live there argues with each other only stopping to return Joanna s greeting It s heavily implied that the wife will become the next target of the conspiracy During this sequence the camera zooms in on Joanna and reveals normal looking eyes During the end credits photographs show a smiling Walter driving the family car and picking up his new Stepford Wife from the supermarket with their children in the backseat Cast EditKatharine Ross as Joanna Eberhart Paula Prentiss as Bobby Markowe Peter Masterson as Walter Eberhart Nanette Newman as Carol van Sant Tina Louise as Charmaine Wimperis Carol Rossen as Dr Fancher William Prince as Ike Mazzard Carole Mallory as Kit Sundersen Toni Reid as Marie Axhelm Judith Baldwin as Patricia Cornell Barbara Rucker as Mary Ann Stavros George Coe as Claude Axhelm Franklin Cover as Ed Wimperis Robert Fields as Raymond Chandler Michael Higgins as Frank Cornell Josef Sommer as Ted van Sant Remak Ramsay as Mr Atkinson Mary Stuart Masterson as Kim Eberhart Ronny Sullivan as Amy Eberhart Patrick O Neal as Dale Diz Coba Tom Spratley as Charlie the DoormanAnalysis EditFilm scholar John Kenneth Muir interprets The Stepford Wives as a film essay about what it means to be part of an unspoken underclass 4 Production EditDevelopment Edit Producer Edgar Scherick recruited English director Bryan Forbes to direct the film 5 Brian De Palma was initially going to direct 6 but William Goldman didn t want him to 7 Casting Edit For the lead role of Joanna Eberhart Forbes initially met with Diane Keaton whom he said turned it down because her analyst did not like the script 8 Jean Seberg declined the part 5 Tuesday Weld initially accepted but cancelled before filming began 9 The part eventually went to Katharine Ross Joanna Cassidy was cast as Joanna s friend and ally Bobbie 10 but was fired after a few weeks of production and replaced by Paula Prentiss 10 11 Mary Stuart Masterson daughter of Peter Masterson Dee Wallace and Franklin Cover appear in supporting roles Tina Louise the original Ginger Grant from Gilligan s Island was cast as a wife along with her TV character s replacement Judith Baldwin For the role of Carol Van Sant Forbes cast his wife Nanette Newman Filming Edit Scheduling difficulties delayed the filming from 1973 until 1974 12 No exterior sets were built for the film which was shot on location in several Connecticut towns The climax was filmed at the Lockwood Mathews Mansion in Norwalk 13 Forbes purposefully chose white and bright colors attempting to make a thriller in sunlight With the exception of the stormy night finale it is almost over saturated to emphasize bright lights and cheerful looking settings Tension developed between Forbes and screenwriter Goldman over the casting of Nanette Newman Forbes wife as one of the wives Goldman felt that the 40 year old Newman s appearance did not match the young provocatively dressed model like women he d scripted for Forbes responded by instituting contemporary prairie style dress complete with frilly aprons for all the wives Goldman was also unhappy with re writes by Forbes in particular the ending 14 which Nanette Newman claimed Forbes had deliberately filmed in an unreal way so they were almost like a ballet moving in and out up and down the aisle 15 Additional stresses were caused when actor Peter Masterson secretly called his friend Goldman for input on scenes Goldman later claimed the film could have been very strong but it was rewritten and altered and I don t think happily 16 Release EditBox office Edit The Stepford Wives premiered theatrically in the United States on February 12 1975 10 The film grossed approximately 4 million in North America 2 3 Critical response Edit The Stepford Wives has a rating of 68 on Rotten Tomatoes based on 34 reviews with an average rating of 6 2 10 The site s consensus states The Stepford Wives s inherent satire is ill served by Bryan Forbes stately direction but William Goldman s script excels as a damning critique of a misogynistic society 17 Some critics deride its leisurely pace Most applaud the quiet domestic thrills the film delivers in the final third and earlier sections as clever witty and delightfully offbeat 18 As for the satire in the film Roger Ebert wrote The actresses have absorbed enough TV or have such an instinctive feeling for those phony perfect women in the ads that they manage all by themselves to bring a certain comic edge to their cooking their cleaning their gossiping and their living deaths 19 Jerry Oster of the New York Daily News awarded the film a middling two out of four stars describing the screenplay as a tedious and padded adaptation of the source material 20 Variety summarized the film as a quietly freaky suspense horror story and praised Ross s performance as excellent and assured 21 John Seymour of the Santa Maria Times also gave the film a favorable review deeming it an epic nightmare boasting gripping drama 22 Devan Coggan of Entertainment Weekly wrote that the finale was deeply divisive and the actress for Joanna stated retrospectively that if she was to revise the ending she would have Joanna fight harder 15 Reaction from feminists Edit Feminist Betty Friedan deemed the film a rip off of the women s movement Initial reaction to the film by feminist groups was not favorable 5 with one studio screening for feminist activists being met with hisses groans and guffaws 5 Cast and crew disagreed with the perceived anti woman interpretations with Newman recalling Bryan Forbes always used to say If anything it s anti men 5 Despite Betty Friedan s The Feminine Mystique being a major influence on the original novel upon which the film was based Friedan s response to the film was highly critical calling it a rip off of the women s movement 23 Friedan commented that women should boycott the film and attempt to diminish any publicity for it 24 Writer Gael Greene however lauded the film commenting I loved it those men were like a lot of men I ve known in my life 24 Feminist screenwriter Eleanor Perry came to the film s defense stating that it presses buttons that make you furious the fact that all the Stepford men wanted were big breasts big bottoms a clean house fresh perked coffee and sex 24 Accolades Edit Year Institute Category Recipient Result Ref 1975 Saturn Awards Best Actress Katharine Ross WonBest Science Fiction Film The Stepford Wives Nominated2001 American Film Institute 100 Years 100 Thrills Nominated 25 2008 Top 10 Top 10 Science Fiction Nominated 26 Home media Edit Anchor Bay Entertainment issued The Stepford Wives on VHS on March 10 1997 27 they subsequently released a non anamorphic DVD edition on December 3 1997 28 In 2001 Anchor Bay reissued the film in a Silver Anniversary edition featuring an anamorphic transfer as well as bonus interviews with cast and crew 29 In 2004 Paramount Home Entertainment re released the Silver Anniversary edition which featured the same bonus materials and screen menus 29 Legacy EditFilm scholar John Kenneth Muir considers The Stepford Wives one of the best horror films of the 1970s 30 In a writer s roundtable with The Hollywood Reporter Jordan Peele listed the film as one of the inspirations behind his directorial debut Get Out 31 A line delivered by Paula Prentiss as Bobby Markowe after becoming a Stepford Wife Yes this it s wonderful was legally sampled on the song Hey Music Lover by British dance act S Express becoming a big international hit in 1989 32 The film influenced the development of the character Bree Van de Kamp in the successful series Desperate Housewives 2004 12 played by Marcia Cross The character was often referred to as a Stepford Wife by other characters due to her somewhat uptight personality immaculately presented home beautifully pruned red roses and her love of baking cakes She also dressed in a Midwestern traditional style echoing but modernizing the look of the original Stepford Wives as seen in the film Related works EditRevenge of the Stepford Wives 1980 TV starring Don Johnson Sharon Gless and Julie Kavner The Stepford Children 1987 TV starring Barbara Eden and Don Murray The Stepford Husbands 1996 TV starring Donna Mills and Michael OntkeanSee also EditList of American films of 1975References Edit The Stepford Wives AA British Board of Film 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