The First Wives Club is a classic film in which three women band together to exact revenge on their feckless ex-husbands, realizing along the way that they’re stronger together than they were separate.
Hugh Wilson directed The First Wives Club, a 1996 American comedy film based on Olivia Goldsmith’s 1992 novel of the same name. Diane Keaton, Bette Midler, and Goldie Hawn play as three divorced women seeking vengeance on their ex-husbands for abandoning them for younger women.
Stockard Channing plays Cynthia, Dan Hedaya, Victor Garber, and Stephen Collins plays the ex-husbands of the three stars, and Sarah Jessica Parker, Elizabeth Berkley, and Marcia Gay Harden play their lovers, respectively. Maggie Smith, Bronson Pinchot, Rob Reiner, Eileen Heckart, and Philip Bosco play supporting roles, while Gloria Steinem, Ed Koch, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Ivana Trump make a cameo.
Despite mediocre reviews, the picture became a surprise box-office success after its North American premiere, grossing $181,490,000 worldwide, largely from its domestic run. It gained a cult following, especially among middle-aged women, and the actresses’ highest-grossing project of the decade helped them relaunch their film and television careers.
Marc Shaiman got an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Music Score, while Hawn received a Blockbuster Entertainment Award and both Midler and Parker garnered Satellite Award nods for their roles.
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