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The Good Wife (1987)

The Umbrella Woman (original title)
R | | Drama, Romance | 14 May 1987 (USA)
In pre-WWII Australia, a love triangle develops between a man, his wife and the man's brother.

Director:

Ken Cameron

Writer:

Peter Kenna
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Ward ... Marge Hills / Wife
Bryan Brown ... Sonny Hills / Husband
Steven Vidler ... Sugar Hills / Sonny's brother
Sam Neill ... Neville Gifford
Jennifer Claire Jennifer Claire ... Daisy
Bruce Barry ... Archie
Peter Cummins Peter Cummins ... Ned Hopper
Carole Skinner Carole Skinner ... Mrs. Gibson
Clarissa Kaye-Mason ... Mrs. Jackson
Barry Hill Barry Hill ... Mr. Fielding
Susan Lyons Susan Lyons ... Mrs. Fielding
Helen Jones Helen Jones ... Rosie Gibbs
Lisa Hensley Lisa Hensley ... Sylvia
May Howlett May Howlett ... Mrs. Carmichael
Maureen Green Maureen Green ... Sal Day
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Set in an Australian lumber town in 1939. Marge (Rachel Ward), the bored wife of kindly-but-dull Sonny (Bryan Brown) begins dreaming of outside romances. She unexpectedly gets her wish in the form of Sonny's much-younger brother Sugar (Steven Vidler), whom Sonny cheerfully offers to his wife as a surrogate bed-mate. Given this curious arrangement, one wonders why Marge is so upset when she is propositioned by handsome stranger Neville (Sam Neill). Eventually, Gifford sleeps with every other woman in town but Marge. Fed up with the unimaginative lovers in her own house, Marge finally gives in to Gifford, arousing the jealousy not of the cloddish Sonny, but of the immature Sugar. Written by lament

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She's too much of a woman to be any man's wife. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peter Kenna's The Good Wife See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,155,020

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,155,020
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Screenwriter Peter Kenna passed away later in the year in which the film was first released theatrically in 1987. See more »

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Nicely done film, eye-candy cinematography...
26 May 2002 | by Eric-1226See all my reviews

"The Good Wife" is a film that seems to have a lot of quiet seductive power.... the story itself, which I found only minimally absorbing, is also somewhat lame and perhaps a bit goofy (Marge, a married woman, played by Rachel Ward, feels bored and unfulfilled in her rural Australian setting and first sleeps with her husband's younger brother, then begins to lust after a local barman played by Sam Neill...). However, the atmospheric setting, the scenery, the cinematography, the costumes, the characters, the enchanting background music - well, just about ALL elements of the film, are so rich and vibrant that they suck you right in, and more than make up for the rather daft story line.

Hence, "The Good Wife" is that sort of movie where you end up caring about the fates of the various players. You actually care about the denouement of the movie, because as the story unfolds, you really do start to care about the players as human beings, and you can't help but become interested in their individual destinies.

The creators of the film did an excellent job of recreating the look and feel of the time period of the story, which is set in 1939 Australia. I especially like the attention given to minute details that help to establish time and place and also give the movie a rich and full-bodied flavor. The eye-candy cinematography is just spectacular. This is easily one of the most "beautiful" movies I've ever seen. I'm glad I taped this movie off of a cable showing on TV. I will definitely be watching this one again!!


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