She-Devil

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Susan Seidelman directed this loose adaptation of Fay Weldon's novel The Life and Loves of a She-Devil concerning the extreme revenge exacted by a dumpy housewife on her philandering husband. Mary Fisher Meryl Streep is a best-selling romance novelist of the manner of Danielle Steel or Jackie Collins. One night at a glamorous dinner party, Ruth Roseanne Barr, the frumpy housewife of Bob Ed Begley Jr., accidentally spills wine over Mary's pink evening gown. Bob rushes to Mary's assistance, they look into each ...
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Susan Seidelman directed this loose adaptation of Fay Weldon's novel The Life and Loves of a She-Devil concerning the extreme revenge exacted by a dumpy housewife on her philandering husband. Mary Fisher Meryl Streep is a best-selling romance novelist of the manner of Danielle Steel or Jackie Collins. One night at a glamorous dinner party, Ruth Roseanne Barr, the frumpy housewife of Bob Ed Begley Jr., accidentally spills wine over Mary's pink evening gown. Bob rushes to Mary's assistance, they look into each other's eyes, and it is lust at first sight. After a few clandestine interludes, Bob abandons his wife and his two smart-aleck kids to live with Mary at her palace by the seaside. As a result, Ruth goes into high gear to seek vengeance. She deposits her kids with Bob and then, with the help of a collection of other abused women -- including Ruth's mother Sylvia Miles, nursing home attendant Hopper Linda Hunt, and dim-witted secretary Olivia Honey Maria Pitillo -- she systematically sets out to destroy Bob's life. Bob calls Ruth a she-devil, and Ruth plays the role to the hilt; first she destroys his home life, then his career, then his freedom. And when he has nothing left, she proceeds to haunt and stalk him, bringing Bob to his knees.
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Director Susan Seidelman specializes in creating comedies that are not especially comic. Sometimes, as in Desperately Seeking Susan, there are enough other virtues to compensate for this lack of humor, but She-Devil falls somewhat short of the mark. The basic revenge premise has potential; indeed, in one form or another it has been used in dozens of other successful movies. But Seidelman and screenwriters Mark R. Burns and Barry Strugatz have made the character of the wronged wife so unlikable that the audience doesn't enjoy her obsessive desire to destroy her husband. Roseanne Barr's chilly performance doesn't help matters, although to be fair, she seems to be creating the character exactly as Seidelman has envisioned her. Ed Begley, Jr. is also problematic. He's entirely believable (and enjoyable) as a loathsome rat, but his animal magnetism is practically nil; without that, it's hard to believe that Meryl Streep's character would become so utterly smitten with him. Streep, however, is a joy and the movie's highlight. Letting loose in her first all-out comic role, she has a delightful time, especially during her drug-induced writhing sequence on and around the bed. Even she has difficulty maneuvering past Seidelman's undermining of the mechanics of comedy (timing, build-ups, payoffs) in a search for more original ways of getting a laugh; but for the most part, Streep's broad, through-the-roof performance works.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2000
  • UPC: 027616808233
  • Original Release: 1989
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  • Source: MGM (VIDEO & DVD)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meryl Streep Mary Fisher
Roseanne Barr Ruth Patchett
Roseanne Ruth Patchett
Ed Begley Jr. Bob Pachett
Linda Hunt Hooper
Sylvia Miles Mrs. Fisher
Elizabeth Peters Nicolette Patchett
Brian Larkin Andy Patchett
A. Martinez Garcia, the Butler
Cynthia Adler Voice Only
Nitchie Barrett Bob's Secretary
Doris Belack Paula
Fred Bond Apollo
Mack Brandon Mack Brandon Duo
Rosanna Carter Judge Brown
Cerius & Cinderella Juliette
Lori Tan Chinn Vesta Rose Woman
Sandra Fine Roslyn Artists String Quartet
Will Ford Mack Brandon Duo
June Gable Realtor
Jack Gilpin Larry
Herbie Himself
Clifton James
Alain Jarry Alain
Jeanine Joyce Flower Lady
George Kodisch Court Officer
Robin Leach Himself
Christopher Collins Lee Roslyn Artists String Quartet
Larry Marshall Guggenheim Party Guest
Max Fuzzy
George McDaniel The Tiger
Manny Olmo Cook
Joe Pentangelo Detective
Maria Pitillo Olivia Honey
Steven Prince
Sally Jessy Raphael Herself
Scott Wyatt Rawls Roslyn Artists String Quartet
John Richard Reynolds Bookstore Customer
Albert Roscoe Maurice Taylor
Deborah Rush "People" Reporter
Julie Signitzer Roslyn Artists String Quartet
Sally Sockwell Guggenheim Party Guest
Mark Steiner Valet
R. Patrick Sullivan
George W.S. Trow Douglas
Susan Willis Ute
Mary Louise Wilson Mrs. Trumper
Technical Credits
Susan Seidelman Director, Co-producer
Jonathan Brett Co-producer
G. Mac Brown Producer
Mark R. Burns Screenwriter
Joseph Campayno Makeup
Efex Specialists, Inc. Special Effects
Santo Loquasto Production Designer
Craig McKay Editor
Howard Shore Score Composer
Oliver Stapleton Cinematographer
Barry Strugatz Screenwriter
Tom Warren Art Director
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    My order arrived around 5 days later and it's in great condition! Thanks K2KAMERICA! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE FUNNIEST!

    This is one of the funniest ever. I am not a fan of Rosanne but she was incredibly funny. She shows how she can get revenge gracefully.

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