Suburban Wives

Suburban Wives

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Derek Ford
Produced by Morton Lewis
Written by Derek Ford
Starring Eva Whishaw
Maggie Wright
Gabrielle Drake
Music by Terry Warr
Cinematography Bill Holland
Roy Pointer
Edited by Terry Keefe
Distributed by Butcher's Film Service
Release dates
  • 1972 (1972)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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."[1]


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.



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".[2] 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".[2] 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".[3]

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!"


  1. Hal Erickson, New York Times
  2. 1 2 Hunt, Leon, British Low Culture: From Safari Suits to Sexploitation, Routledge, 2013, p.104-6.
  3. Dennison, Stephanie, "Sex and the Generals", Latsploitation, Latin America, and Exploitation Cinema, Routledge, 2009, p.243.
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