The Witches of Eastwick

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The Witches of Eastwick ★★½ 1987 (R)

“Mad Max” director Miller meets Hollywood in this unrestrained, vomit-filled treatment of John Updike's novel about three lonely small-town New England women and their sexual liberation. A strange, rich, overweight and balding, but nonetheless charming man knows their deepest desires and makes them come true with decadent excess. Raunchy fun, with Nicholson over-acting wildly as the Mephisto. Miller lends a bombastic violent edge to the effort, sometimes at the expense of the story. Filmed on location in Cohasset, Massachusetts. 118m/C VHS, DVD . Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Veronica Cartwright, Richard Jenkins, Keith Joakum, Carel Struycken; D: George Miller; W: Michael Cristofer; C: Vilmos Zsigmond; M: John Williams. L.A. Film Critics ‘87: Actor (Nicholson); N.Y. Film Critics ‘87: Actor (Nicholson).