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The Stepford Wives

Bryan Forbes' filmization of Ira Levin's The Stepford Wives is a quietly freaky suspense-horror story.

Bryan Forbes’ filmization of Ira Levin’s The Stepford Wives is a quietly freaky suspense-horror story.

Katharine Ross (in an excellent and assured performance), husband Peter Masterson and kids depart NY’s urban pressures to a seemingly bovine Connecticut existence. Trouble is, Ross and new friend Paula Prentiss (also excellent) find all the other wives exuding sticky hairspray homilies and male chauvinist fantasy responses. When Prentiss finally changes her attitude, Ross panics but cannot escape.

Patrick O’Neal heads a local men’s club that somehow is involved in the unseen, sluggishly developed but eventually exciting climax.

The black humor and sophistication of the plot is handled extremely well.

The Stepford Wives

  • Production: Palomar/Columbia. Director Bryan Forbes; Producer Edgar J. Scherick; Screenplay William Goldman; Camera Owen Roizman; Editor Timothy Gee; Music Michael Small; Art Director Gene Callahan
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1975. Running time: 114 MIN.
  • With: Katharine Ross Paula Prentiss Peter Masterson Nanette Newman Patrick O'Neal Tina Louise
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