The First Wives Club

  • PG
  • Hugh Wilson (1996)
  • US
  • 98 min
The First Wives Club
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Olivia Goldsmith's bestselling novel is turned into a hilarious film by Police Academy director Hugh Wilson. Hollywood divas Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton give sparkling performances as the three wealthy New Yorkers who are reunited by the suicide of an old schoolfriend, who killed herself after discovering her husband's infidelity. With their own partners running off with much younger women (including Sex and the City's Sarah Jessica Parker and Showgirls star - or is that refugee - Elizabeth Berkley), the trio come together to exact revenge and gain financial control, with Midler stealing the show from her two co-stars as the most deliciously vicious of them all. Terrific stuff.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton. Middle-aged Brenda, Elise and Annie are reunited by the suicide of their old school friend Cynthia, who killed herself after discovering her husband's infidelity. The three women can easily relate to Cynthia's feelings of betrayal, and team up to plot revenge on the men who spurned them.

Cast and crew


Elise Elliot Atchison
Goldie Hawn
Brenda Morelli Cushman
Bette Midler
Annie MacDuggan Paradise
Diane Keaton
Gunilla Garson Goldberg
Maggie Smith
Shelly Stewart
Sarah Jessica Parker
Morty Cushman
Dan Hedaya
Cynthia Swann Griffin
Stockard Channing
Bill Atchison
Victor Garber
Aaron Paradise
Stephen Collins
Phoebe LaVelle
Elizabeth Berkley
Duarto Feliz
Bronson Pinchot
Chris Paradise
Jennie Dundas
Catherine MacDuggan
Eileen Heckart
Brett Artounian
Timothy Olyphant


Hugh Wilson

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
U.I.P. (UK)
Some swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG