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The Butcher's Wife (1991)

Demi Moore , Jeff Daniels , Terry Hughes  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Demi Moore, Jeff Daniels, George Dzundza, Mary Steenburgen, Frances McDormand
  • Directors: Terry Hughes
  • Writers: Ezra Litwak, Marjorie Schwartz
  • Producers: Arne Schmidt, Lauren Lloyd, Wallis Nicita
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2001
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NVDE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,914 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Butcher's Wife" on IMDb

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOTTA SING THE BLUES September 14, 2005
THE BUTCHER'S WIFE was critically reviled in its release; star Demi Moore was even given the dubious honor of being nominated for a Razzy award for her performance in this and NOTHING BUT TROUBLE. But I liked the movie. It's charming simplicity and romantic themes are contrived and hardly original, but they're done with such unabashed sentimentality, you can't help but get moony-eyed too. Moore plays a clairvoyant somewhat naive Southern girl who decides butcher George Dzunda is the man of her dreams, and she proposes to him and he whisks her off to his butcher shop in Manhattan. There she uses her beguiling witchery to drastically alter the lives of the people she encounters: Jeff Daniels, a stuffy psychiatrist who sees Moore as a threat to his psychological world; Frances McDormand as a closet lesbian who decides to go with her feelings and admit her attraction to Margaret Colin, who just happens to be Daniels' squeeze. Moore also gives stuffy choral director Mary Steenburgen the confidence to pursue her secret desire of a career as a blues singer (Steenburgen does her own singing and she's quite effective). All of the confusion eventually works its way out and the appropriate couples find love after all. The movie is practically stolen by Steenburgen, whose performance is simply marvelous. The rest of the cast, particularly Max Perlich as a troubled teen and Colin and McDormand are fabulous. It certainly isn't a classic movie, but it's warmheartedness and glowing performances made it extremely enjoyable to this viewer.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feel Good Movie December 9, 2001
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A fairytale story where mismatched people find their way to their proper mates at the end. A feel good movie that leaves you smiling and there's nothing wrong with that. Excellent performances by everyone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cute fantasy October 12, 2003
By Cheri
This was a cute mix of reality and fantasy, with a moral of no matter what you use to rule your life, fate has a plan for you. Demi Moore plays Marina, a naive southern girl with a gift, who dreams her new husband (sort of) and ends up in New York married to the neighborhood Butcher (George Dzundza)! Jeff Daniels is the non-commital psychiatrist across the street and Mary Steenbergen is a mild-mannered church chior director who wants to sing in a Lounge. Between the four of them, they turn their lives upside-down and all around, affecting the lives of all those around them. It's a chick flick and very good!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for a rainy day and laugh your blues away September 5, 2010
I don't pay attention to movie critics. Who can tell what I might like in a movie? Only one person counts: Me. So if you want a critical review of the movie, the acting, photography, etc., read some one else. I can tell you it is a miserable day weather wise here, I felt very low, and I watched this movie. I have seldom enjoyed a movie so much, laughed so hard, and gained insight while doing it. That is all worth while I can say abput this except to urge you to see it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This one can be seen over and over again! December 17, 1998
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If you like an off-beat movie full of irony,comedy,good music, and romantic twists(not to mention melodrama), then this is your movie. Never mind other movies with Demi Moore...this one is her best, and her best suited role ever. All the characters are kooky, even the "shrink". Just sit back and enjoy this over and over again!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie (except for Jeff Daniels) September 14, 2001
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If you like Mermaids or Joe vs. the Volcano, you'll like this, too. Charming, moving, and magical from start to finish. The only fault I find is that Daniels is not particularly charismatic as the leading man, but Demi (with fabulous hair), Mary Steenburgen, and the rest of the cast really shine. Check it out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny February 15, 2007
This is not a very credible love story but a very funny one between Demi Moore (the fey butcher's wife) and Jeff Daniels (the hard-nosed shrink).

If you believe in "Once upon a time...", you can buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely delightful... July 11, 2006
This movie is like a breath of fresh air.

A great cast, a fluid and entertaining script, and solid production and direction, all combine to produce a classic romantic comedy, with a difference.

Yet behind the hilarious situations and the enchanting spontaneous psychic revelations, The Butcher's Wife is a story of the transforming power of the Feminine - like Mary Poppins, Chocolat and a number of other classic movies.

While her Carolina accent is a little shaky at times, Demi is just superb, as are Jeff, Frances, Margaret, Mary and George, above all.

It certainly is a Feel Good movie, and a highly original one at that. Go for it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome movie. Great quality product
Published 6 days ago by gerrie warren
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies! There are some very funny scenes in ...
One of my favorite movies! There are some very funny scenes in the "shrink's" office.
Published 9 days ago by Char Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Good family movie.
one of my oldie favorites.
Published 20 days ago by MonicaDS
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just good meat.
A charming love story with just enough fantasy for those who enjoy that. All the actors fit their parts perfectly.
Published 26 days ago by Richard Blumstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Magic Romance
Romantic comedy at it's finest with a great cast of actors. I can't imagine who would not love this movie.
Published 2 months ago by Angela 7
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Movie
This film wasn't a smash hit. But it wasn't a bad film either. Marina Lempke (Demi Moore) has be desperate seeking her torn-apart (soul-mate, sorta) her whole life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Endora Aphrattos
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurray! I finally found this movie!
I searched for this movie for a years and I don't know if it was just unavailable or just not released on video/digital. So refreshing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MM Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars NY psychologist finds southern comfort
Magical realism is one of my favorite film genres, and there were several good ones made in the '90s. This is one of the best. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Beth Bailey-Kingdon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
I loved this movie when I saw it originally and it did not disappoint me now. Fun, uplifting picture. Demi Moore is great and I really like the script. The DVD was sent very quick. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wneki
4.0 out of 5 stars Good one!
The movie was silly and fun, yet thought provoking. I had never heard of it so it was a pleasant surprise.
Published 5 months ago by R. Harrell
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