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The Butcher's Wife

4.2 out of 5 stars 153 customer reviews

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A FOLKSY SEASIDE CLAIRVOYANT MARRIES A NEW YORK BUTCHER, MOVESTO THE CITY AND CHARMS HER NEW NEIGHBORS.

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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 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2001
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NVDE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,607 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Butcher's Wife" on IMDb

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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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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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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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By Cheri on October 12, 2003
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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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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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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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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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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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