The Witches of Eastwick1987
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
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as Daryl Van Horne
as Alexandra Medford
as Jane Spofford
as Sukie Ridgemont
as Felicia Alden
as Clyde Alden
as Walter Neff
as Mrs. Biddle
as Carol Medford
as Mrs. Neff
as Ridgemont Child
as Mrs. Biddle's Friend
as Deli Counterman
as Ice-Cream Counterman
as Woman at Market
as Woman at Market
as Lenoi School Band (cymbals)
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Critic Reviews for The Witches of Eastwick
There are some moments in The Witches of Eastwick that stretch uncomfortably for effects, and yet a lot of the time this movie plays like a plausible story about implausible people. The performances sell it.
This is a remarkably faithful rendition on film of a most diverting novel showing that, in the right hands, movies can achieve all the delights of literate entertainment.
Updike's long, deadly-dull misogynist tract is transformed into an entertaining, generally misandrist film.
The film itself is one of the most visually striking and well-crafted film of its kind.
Audience Reviews for The Witches of Eastwick
Way ahead of its time, this film is so naughty, non-pc and bold in its feminism and criticism of conservatism you're sometimes wondering if you heard correctly. Nicholson probably never had more fun being as devilish as possible, but he ultimately finds his master in three strong women. The cherry stone scene is outrageous and the showdown pretty damn crazy too. Highly amusing and has aged pretty decently! Made me fall in love with Michelle Pfeiffer all over again.
2018 rewatch. Has not aged too well. Still enjoyable
Three headstrong single women in idyllic Eastwick wish for their dream beaux, and a devilish new stranger comes to town to seduce them in turn. Cher, Sarandon, and Pfeiffer are brassy, sensual, and sweet, respectively, and Jack Nicholson is the epitome of the diabolical wag. Daryl van Horne spouts some base misogyny, which has the potential to be clever and satirical if only there were some wink at the audience. The trio of women gets their revenge through sorcery, but they still raise Daryl's lovechildren and treat him as merely an exasperating, absentee father rather than quashing his sacrilegious doctrine, defeating him for good, or at least spurning him for the Satan proxy he is. Upon learning that this movie was adapted from a novel by John Updike, a writer I admire, I expected the hijinx to lead to something deeper. Is Daryl a Satan proxy or a God proxy? Daryl rants about how he gave the girls everything, and then when they forsake him, he will seek retribution. Isn't that the depiction of a vengeful and wrathful God? Is the satire on how often godliness and wickedness coincide? Well, apparently the original novel was intended as a feminist manifesto (even though the women are represented as actual witches), but there isn't much in the way of theological commentary, so I don't know what to make of book or film.
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