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Friday, September 1, 2017

The Stepford Wives (1975)

An aspiring photographer (Katharine Ross) and her attorney husband (Peter Masterson) and their two kids move from Manhattan to the suburb town of Stepford in Connecticut. To her horror, she finds almost all the women there are focused on housekeeping and keeping their husbands happy. But she soon realizes that something very sinister is going on. Based on the novel by Ira Levin (ROSEMARY'S BABY)  and directed by Bryan Forbes (SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON). A modest hit when it was first released, the film's stature has grown through the years until it's become an admired cult film. The term "Stepford wife" has even become a part of our vocabulary when describing an almost robotic submissive wife with no ambition beyond being a wife and mother. Forbes isn't a director noted for thrillers but he does a neat job of creating a slowly growing sense of dread and paranoia. The final scene in the supermarket is bone chilling! The near perfect cast includes Paula Prentiss, Tina Louise, Nanette Newman, Patrick O'Neal, William Prince, Dee Wallace, Josef Sommer, Kenneth McMillan and in her film debut, Mary Stuart Masterson.    

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