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Issue: 2004

Witches of Eastwick (1987) movie review

Alexandra Medford (Cher), Jane Spofford (Susan Sarandon) and Sukie Ridgemont (Michelle Pfeiffer) are three friends living is a small town. They're a little lonely and a little bored, and for some reason when all three wish for the same thing at the same time, it comes to pass.

They wish for someone interesting, and what they get is someone devilish (Jack Nicholson).

He's rich, he's eccentric and supernatural things happen around him. And apparently the sex is pretty good too.

Movie poster, Witches of Eastwick; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Witches of Eastwick
Something wicked this way comes

At first the arrival of Daryl Van Horne brings each of the women new beliefs in themselves that causes them to grow in their work, but his advent and their behaviours set off Felicia Alden (Veronica Cartwright), and a battle commences.

Interesting for its effects, and for the musings on the battle between women and the establishment -- on which Daryl claims to be on the side of women, the film becomes a cautionary tale of "be careful what you wish for".

Have these women unleashed on their town, and on themselves, something that they can't control, and won't live with?

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 1987
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Title: Witches of Eastwick (1987)
Written by: John Updike (novel) & Michael Cristofer
Directed by: George Miller
running time: 118 min
rating: M

The Players: Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Veronica Cartwright, Jack Nicholson.

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