The Witches of Eastwick (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Witches of Eastwick1987

The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

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Critic Consensus: A wickedly funny tale of three witches and their duel with the Devil, fuelled by some delicious fantasy and arch comedic performances.

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The Witches of Eastwick, a memorable comedy with a dark edge, is based upon a novel by John Updike. On Thursday nights three female friends -- Alex (Cher), Sukie (Michelle Pfeiffer), and Jane (Susan Sarandon) -- meet to chug martinis, learn Chinese aphrodisiac cooking and lament the scarcity of eligible men. As they sit around, they fantasize about and describe their idea of the ideal male. Arriving in town the following day is Satan, disguised as mysterious stranger Darrell Van Horn (Jack Nicholson). One by one, Van Horne seduces each of the women. Then, strange things begin to happen. When the town matriarch Felicia (Veronica Cartwright) publicly denounces Van Horne, she sustains a nasty compound fracture. When she forces her editor husband to publish a story about Van Horne's sexual antics, Darrell gets his revenge with revoltingly large amounts of cherries. The women now see that they may be in danger and begin to plot their escape. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

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Cast

Jack Nicholson
as Daryl Van Horne
Cher
as Alexandra Medford
Susan Sarandon
as Jane Spofford
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Sukie Ridgemont
Veronica Cartwright
as Felicia Alden
Richard Jenkins
as Clyde Alden
Keith Jochim
as Walter Neff
Helen Lloyd Breed
as Mrs. Biddle
Caroline Struzik
as Carol Medford
Becca Lish
as Mrs. Neff
Heather Coleman
as Ridgemont Child
Ruth Maynard
as Mrs. Biddle's Friend
John Blood
as Deli Counterman
Ron Campbell
as Ice-Cream Counterman
Jane A. Johnston
as Woman at Market
Eugene Boles
as Minister
Harriet Medin
as Woman at Market
Corey Carrier
as Lenoi School Band (cymbals)
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Critic Reviews for The Witches of Eastwick

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (1)

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.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

November 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Updike's long, deadly-dull misogynist tract is transformed into an entertaining, generally misandrist film.

August 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Nothing is developed -- except the performers' egos.

August 30, 2018 | Full Review…

The film itself is one of the most visually striking and well-crafted film of its kind.

August 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Miller modulates the film from such a meticulous place that his fantasy develops with sincerity and humor, great underlying chemistry, and performances that inhabit the material rather than overplay it.

April 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Witches of Eastwick

½

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.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

½

2018 rewatch. Has not aged too well. Still enjoyable

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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