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Director  Terry Hughes
Initial DVD release  October 23, 2001
Country  United States
5.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Fantasy
Language  English
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Release date  October 25, 1991 (1991-10-25)
Writer  Ezra Litwak, Marjorie Schwartz
Music director  Michael Gore, Steven Jae Johnson
Cast  Demi Moore (Marina Lemke), Jeff Daniels (Dr. Alex Tremor), George Dzundza (Leo Lemke), Mary Steenburgen (Stella Keefover), Frances McDormand (Grace), Margaret Colin (Robyn Graves)
Similar movies  Interstellar, Knock Knock, The Time Traveler's Wife, In Her Shoes, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, It Follows
Tagline  There's Magic In The Air.

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The Butcher's Wife is a 1991 romantic comedy film, in which a clairvoyant woman (Demi Moore) thinks that she's met her future husband (George Dzundza), who she has seen in her dreams and is a butcher in New York City. They marry and move to the city, where her powers tend to influence everyone she meets while working in the shop. Through her advice, she helps others and eventually finds the true man of her dreams.


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As a clairvoyant, Marina awaits signs from beyond that her true love, whoever he may be, is waiting for her, somewhere. When New York butcher Leo Lemke shows up on the tiny North Carolina island of Ocracoke, where Marina lives, she is convinced that he is the man predestined to be her husband. After the wedding, Marina moves into Leo's blue-collar neighborhood, where she successfully commiserates with such eccentrics as withdrawn teenager Eugene, frustrated singer Stella Keefover, unlucky-in-love actress Robyn Graves, over analytical psychiatrist Dr. Alex Tremor, and closeted lesbian dress shop clerk Grace. But what Marina fails to grasp about her powers is that she can see the future of strangers far more clearly than her own, and love is unpredictable no matter how many ways you have to look for it.

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The film makes use of several phenomena that can be described as occult portents that meeting a love match is imminent or occult tools to help strengthen, seal or bring about love, luck and happiness. These include the sudden "finding" of a ring that would serve as a wedding band, falling stars with twin tails, zig-zagged rainbows and found objects symbolizing a change in the finder's path that will cause it to cross with their beloved. It also popularizes, as the character of Alex Tremor calls it, "a corruption" of a section of Plato's Symposium regarding soul mates, referred to in the movie as "split aparts". In one scene, Dr. Tremor notes an aspect of Marina's visions, and Marina says: "Women have been burned for less." This is a reference to the witch persecutions in Europe and America between the 15th and 19th centuries, the most famous of which were the Salem Witch Trials, although no "witches" were burned in the Salem hysteria. Lastly, it also references common-use bastardizations of voodoo practices, such as "mojo" bags (or gris gris) and the use of chickens or toads.


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  • Demi Moore as Marina Lemke
  • Jeff Daniels as Dr. Alex Tremor
  • George Dzundza as Leo Lemke
  • Mary Steenburgen as Stella Keefover
  • Frances McDormand as Grace
  • Margaret Colin as Robyn Graves
  • Max Perlich as Eugene
  • Miriam Margolyes as Gina
  • Christopher Durang as Mr. Liddle
  • Luis Avalos as Luis
  • Helen Hanft as Molly
  • Elizabeth Lawrence as Grammy D'Arbo
  • Diane Salinger as Trendoid
  • Formats

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    The film was released on VHS and later on DVD, then was out of print on both formats. To date no DVD re-release date has been announced. It was then made available on Netflix Instant Streaming.


    The film holds a 21% 'rotten' rating at website Rotten Tomatoes.

    1991 Golden Raspberry Awards

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    One nomination:

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  • Worst Actress (Demi Moore)

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