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Three women plot revenge on their two-timing husbands in this comedy. Brenda (Bette Midler), Elise (Goldie Hawn), and Annie (Diane Keaton) were close friends in college, but 27 years after graduation they've lost touch with each other, and it's not until a mutual friend of the three commits suicide that they meet at the funeral for the first time in years. It seems that their friend grew despondent after her husband left her for a younger woman, and all three find themselves in similar situations. Elise is an actress who finds herself out of work now that she's seen the shady side of 40, and her husband and producer Bill (Victor Garber) is demanding a divorce (and half of her fortune). Brenda helped her husband Morton (Dan Hedaya) open a profitable chain of discount electronics stores, but now that his commercials have made him a minor celebrity, he's taken up with a much younger (and thinner) woman. Annie has allowed her husband Aaron (Stephen Collins) to use her as a doormat throughout their marriage, and she's at a loss now that he's leaving her. After comparing notes, Brenda, Elise, and Annie decide that it's time to do something about their problems, and they hatch an elaborate blackmail scheme that will win them control of their ex-husband's businesses and allow them to do something positive with the money they helped earn. Heather Locklear and Ivana Trump both make cameo appearances. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 20, 1996


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marc Shaiman Best Musical or Comedy Score 1996 Nominee


Bette Midler
as Brenda Morelli Cushman
Goldie Hawn
as Elise Elliot Atchison
Diane Keaton
as Annie McDuggan Paradise
Maggie Smith
as Gunila Garson Goldberg
Dan Hedaya
as Morton Cushman
Bronson Pinchot
as Duarto Feliz
Marcia Gay Harden
as Dr. Leslie Rosen
Ivana Trump
Victor Garber
as Bill Atchison
Sarah Jessica Parker
as Shelly Stewart
Eileen Heckart
as Catherine MacDuggan
Jennifer Dundas
as Chris Paradise
Stephen Collins
as Aaron Paradise
Rob Reiner
as Dr. Morris Packman
James Naughton
as Gil Griffin
Elizabeth Berkley
as Phoebe La Velle
Stockard Channing
as Cynthia Swann Griffin
Philip Bosco
as Uncle Carmine Morelli
Ari Greenberg
as Jason Cushman


Hugh Wilson
Scott Rudin
Olivia Goldsmith
Book Author
Robert Harling
Donald Thorin
Marc Shaiman
Marc Shaiman
Composer (Music Score)
John Bloom
Peter Larkin
Production Designer
Charley Beal
Art Director
Ezra Swerdlow
Executive Producer
Adam Schroeder
Executive Producer
Leslie Rollins
Set Designer
Peter Kurland
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Steele
First Assistant Director
Patricia Birch
Ilene Starger