When a woman learns of an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival.
Release Year: 1992
Rating: 6.1/10 (38,138 voted)
Stars: Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn
Helen, a writer, and Madeline, an actress, have hated each other for years. Madeline is married to Ernest, who was once Helen's fiance. After she recovers from a mental breakdown, Helen vows revenge by stealing back Ernest and plotting to kill Madeline. Both rivals have secretly drunk a miracle cure for aging; they accidentally discover, when each tries to eliminate the other, that they have become immortal and that "life" will never be the same again.
Writers: Martin Donovan, David Koepp
Lisle Von Rhuman
(as Alaina Reed Hall)
Mary Ellen Trainor
Clement von Franckenstein
Some people will go to any lengths to stay young forever. But Madeline Ashton and her old friend Helen Sharp are about to go TOO far.
Release Date: 31 July 1992
Filming Locations: Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $12,100,000
Did You Know?
The three main character's names are a play on words. Madeline, Ernest and Helen can be shortened to Mad, Ern, Hel, or "Madder 'n Hell."
Helen has had a hole blown through her stomach by the time the "shovel fight" has begun. As Ernest leaves the scene, you see the shadows of the women fighting, only now the hole is in Madeleine's shadow, not Helen's.
Do you know that they do to soft, bald, overweight Republicans in prison, Ernest?
It just gets funnier every time I watch it
I love this movie and have watched it more than any other film I own. What
makes it for me is the subtle face acting of the two leads whose comic
timing is perfect. Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn have never been so good
(plus this is the only film in which Bruce Willis doesn't do his trademark
smirk even once).
Every role is played to perfection and the script is a comedy work of
I won't bother defending it to those people who need their jokes hammered
home to them by comedy actors whose only way of getting a laugh is to gurn
and fart. Each to their own.