The Witches of Eastwick

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Released 1987

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The Witches of Eastwick

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Director:
George Miller
Released:
1987
Rating:
R

The Witches of Eastwick is a 1987 black supernatural comedy from director George Miller (Mad Max, Babe II: Pig in the City, Twilight Zone: The Movie) and based on the novel by John Updike. Set in a picturesque, anonymous town, Cher (Moonstruck, Mermaids), Susan Sarandon (Thelma and Louise, The Rocky Horror Picture Show) and Michelle Pfieffer (The Fabulous Baker Boys, Married to the Mob, Wolf, Batman Returns) are the three bored women who, one night, accidentally bring about the appearance of the lusty, charismatic Daryl Van Horne (Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Last Detail, Little Shop of Horrors, As Good As It Gets, Chinatown, About Schmidt, The Departed), who seduces the three before introducing them into a wild, strange world of sex and powerful magic, which ends up having very bad consequences. Terrific performances from all four leads, not to mention Veronica Cartwright as the only woman in Eastwick who suspects something sinister is afoot, and beautifully memorable photography all combine to deliver a brilliantly adult, classy two hours of entertainment.

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Metacritic Score

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    There are some moments in The Witches of Eastwick that stretch uncomfortably for effects - the movie's climax is overdone, for example - and yet a lot of the time this movie plays ...

  • 80

    Variety

    With a no-holds-barred performance by Jack Nicholson as the horny Satan, it's a very funny and irresistible set-up for anyone who has ever been baffled by the opposite sex.

  • 50

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    The Witches of Eastwick does have enough flamboyance to hold the attention, directed as it has been by Mr. Miller in a bright, flashy, exclamatory style. But beneath the surface ch...

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    Dark Comedy