Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted – at a cost – when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives.
Release Year: 1987
Rating: 6.4/10 (26,298 voted)
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon
All three previously married but now single, best friends sculptress Alex Medford, cellist Jane Spofford and writer Sukie Ridgemont are feeling emotionally and sexually repressed, in large part due to the traditional mores overriding their small New England coastal town of Eastwick. After their latest conversation lamenting about the lack of suitable men in Eastwick and describing the qualities they are looking for in a man, mysterious Daryl Van Horne and his equally mysterious butler Fidel arrive in town. Despite being vulgar, crude, brazen and not particularly handsome, Daryl manages to be able to tap into the innermost emotions of the three friends, and as such manages to seduce each. In turn, the three women blossom emotionally and sexually. After an incident involving one of the town's leading citizens, the ultra conservative Felicia Alden, the three women begin to understand how and why Daryl is able to mesmerize them so fully…
Writers: John Updike, Michael Cristofer
Daryl Van Horne
Helen Lloyd Breed
Three beautiful Witches, One lucky Devil
Release Date: 12 June 1987
Filming Locations: Abbott Hall – 188 Washington Street, Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA
Did You Know?
Actress Veronica Cartwright also appears in the television series remake,
When Felicia is in the hospital bed, the cast on her leg goes up her thigh. However, later, when she is at home she lifts up her skirt and we can see that the cast only goes up to her knee.
You don't have to come today, you know, I mean, if you don't want to.
No, sweetheart, I want to, it's just that I have a million things I have to do first.
A Great Quadrangle of Mischievous Witches.
Before HARRY POTTER and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and after BELL, BOOK, AND
CANDLE, THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK came out and charmed the pants off
moviegoers including me who, when we saw the film in theatres, loved
not only the fantasy element, but also the great interplay between the
Loosely based on the John Updike novel of the same name, THE WITCHES OF
EASTWICK concerns the shenanigans of three housewives, all close with
each other, who live in a sleepy New England town and dream of having a
man come to their lives. What they don't know is that their empathic
desires materialize not a knight in shining armour, but… Jack
Nicholson? Surely you jest. Cher, the first to meet him, loathes him —
her verbal assault is something that belongs in an Edward Albee play.
But he matches her word for word and bests her. Susan Sarandon, playing
completely clumsy and repressed, gets ravaged in a bombastic way that
would make any woman go nuts. And Michelle Pfeiffer in her breakout
role meets a tender man who wishes he could be a woman.
The key her is not the story: that the Devil has his own designs as
Darryl van Horne and that he may have some eventual opposition from the
town is predictable — it's the way Nicholson embodies his role as van
Horne. Pacino would do an over-the-top performance in THE DEVIL'S
ADVOCATE years later; Nicholson prefers to change his demeanor with
regards to the women he gets involved in, and his Devil is almost an
overgrown boy who just wants to have fun and enjoy life. Seeing him
sharing screen time with such different actresses is worth the entire
movie — he oozes chemistry with all of them, he makes you believe he's
that charming and sweet or passionate and maybe irrepressibly vulgar,
full of his own cat-like sensuality. He's having fun, but making it
known it's also not a one-note performance.
Performances are what save this movie from its overblown ending and 80s
production values: to watch Veronica Cartwright stealing her scenes,
perfectly comfortable in playing these types of roles, go from
concerned to completely mad, is a hoot. That she also may be a latent
witch… is possible. Cher tackles her role like a total feminist and
brings a lot of her own blunt self; Susan Sarandon does wonders to what
in her own words was an underwritten part, and Michelle Pfeiffer glows.
Great fun, fantasy at its purest form, THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK makes
you want to draw a 'D' in the sand and see what happens.