Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Derek Ford|
|Produced by||Morton Lewis|
|Written by||Derek Ford|
|Music by||Terry Warr|
|Edited by||Terry Keefe|
|Distributed by||Butcher's Film Service|
Suburban Wives, subtitled "nine to five widows in a sexual desert", is a 1972 British sex comedy directed by Derek Ford. It was described by the New York Times as "a spicy satire of modern manners and mores."
Newspaperwoman Sarah (Eva Whishaw) narrates a series of separate stories about the lives of various couples. Sarah describes a situation in which dissatisfied and bored middle-class housewives seek excitement and adventure outside their marital homes— and marital beds.
- Eva Whishaw as Sarah
- Maggie Wright as Irene
- Peter May as John
- Barry Linehan as John's Boss
- Nicola Austine as Jean
- Claire Gordon as Sheila
- James Donnelly as Client
- Paul Antrim as Bookmaker
- Denys Hawthorne as George Lambert
- Heather Chasen as Kathy Lambert
- Gabrielle Drake as Secretary
According to Leon Hunt the film represents the suburban wives as both "banal and voracious, passive and rapacious, timid and uncontainable." The Daily Mirror described the characters as a "monstrous regiment of frustrated wives". It portrays suburbia as a deadened, lifeless space, one that mirrors the "sexual desert" experienced by the characters, but which, as Hunt says, "just intensifies desire rather than diminishing it". Stephanie Dennison sees it as an example of "soft-core porn films" that represent "naughty suburban housewives" as part of "democratization of female sexual desire".
The film's commercial success led to a sequel, Commuter Husbands, marketed with the tagline "Remember what those Suburban Wives got up to?... Now see what their getaway men get down to!"
- Hal Erickson, New York Times
- Hunt, Leon, British Low Culture: From Safari Suits to Sexploitation, Routledge, 2013, p.104-6.
- Dennison, Stephanie, "Sex and the Generals", Latsploitation, Latin America, and Exploitation Cinema, Routledge, 2009, p.243.