My 5 Wives
|My 5 Wives|
|Directed by||Sidney J. Furie|
Andrew Dice Clay
|Distributed by||Artisan Entertainment|
|Running time||100 min.|
A wealthy Los Angeles land developer, Monte Peterson, travels to Utah hoping to open a ski resort after his third marriage ends in divorce. He competes against an "evil" banker, Preston Gates, hoping to snatch land from the defaulting farmers to gain control for mob investors who want to build a casino.
After winning a land auction, Monte's friend explains the polygamous traditions of the area. Monte must join the church to purchase the land. He learns the property he has bought includes the former owner's wives, which upsets Monte greatly until he gets a look at the women (Judy Tylor, Kate Luyben, Angelika Baran).
Monte marries all three and is excited until he discovers how difficult it is to please young amorous wives and also how terrible their cooking is. He develops methods to care for them in a fair manner. He learns that one wife is a twin sister to a wife of banker Gates, making Gates his brother-in-law. Gates is in cahoots with a Las Vegas mobster, Tony Morano, who assures him that his armed henchman "Shuffles" will handle matters if Gates does not.
After another resident passes away, Gates attempts to take control of the deceased owner's land along with his two wives. When Monte goes to offer condolences, he ends up promising to marry the deceased man's wives (Emmanuelle Vaugier, Anita Brown) to protect them from eviction. Monte ends up with several more acres of land and two more wives, who happen to be vastly greater in the kitchen than his current wives.
Gates, frustrated, has his associate Stewart try to catch Monte in the act of smoking or drinking to get him excommunicated from the church and kicked out of town. As a treat, Monte takes his wives for a honeymoon to Las Vegas, introducing them to gambling and other joys of the modern world like tennis and bikinis.
The ladies go to a women's equality seminar where the speaker, Dr. Van Dyke (Molly Shannon), preaches that women should dominate the relationship and be completely equal to their "lesser halves." The wives enter a strip club, one where men dance. Monte goes to retrieve them, where he ends up in the show.
After returning to Utah, the ladies take a more dominant role in the house and become less dependent. At the digging site for his new ski resort, Monte's crew discovers human bones and believes they have uncovered an ancient Native American burial ground.
Gates has a scheme to frame Monte for a counterfeit money operation. Monte goes to jail, and assistant Ray confirms they have indeed been building on an ancient burial site. At a town trial, Gates argues that Monte should be excommunicated. His wives and his lawyer/waiter Paul attest that Monte is a good man, but he is found guilty regardless.
Tony and his right-hand man Shuffles come into town and inform Gates that they have been sent by crime boss Don Giovanni to assassinate Monte. Gates gloats that he is of Native American descent, making him the rightful owner of the land, enabling him to turn the town into a gambling resort. Monte's wives drive a truck into the jail and break him out.
Monte races to the dig site where the police show up and Gates' plan is revealed. The police arrest Gates and Montee is free to go, but Don Giovanni appears. All seems lost until Don Giovanni recognizes Monte as his old childhood friend and the two agree to do business together.
Alone with his five wives, Monte asks that they make a decision about their future...leading to him getting thrown out. Montey leaves Utah but finds happiness with his new wife, Dr. Van Dyke.
- Rodney Dangerfield as Monty
- John Byner as Gates
- John Pinette as Stewart
- Jerry Stiller as Don Giovanni
- Andrew Dice Clay as Tony Morano
- Molly Shannon as Dr. Van Dyke