The Scoundrel's Wife (The Home Front) (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Scoundrel's Wife (The Home Front) (2002)

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A woman finds love during World War II, but is also faced with suspicion and a number of unanswered questions in this period drama. Camille Picou (Tatum O'Neal) is a widow raising two children on her own in a fishing community along Louisiana's Gulf Coast. Camille's late husband had a violent past on the wrong side of the law, and since his passing she and her teenaged children - Florida (Lacey Chabert) and Blue (Patrick McCullough) - have been the subject of a great amount of uncharitable local gossip. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor brings America fully into World War II, German U-boats are occasionally spotted patrolling the waters off the gulf, and occasionally attacking commercial fishing vessels. A Coast Guard ensign, Jack Burwell (Eion Bailey), is sent in to monitor the presence of German ships in the water, and he soon develops a strong interest in Florida. Not trusting Burwell, Camille sends her daughter away, and soon the town is rife with rumors that Camille is an informant to Axis military intelligence. In the midst of this crisis, Dr. Lenz (Julian Sands), a physician exiled from Germany, sets up practice in town, and Camille is given a job as his assistant. Camille becomes romantically involved with Lenz, which only increases the scrutiny against her. The Scoundrel's Wife also stars Tim Curry as Father Antoine, the parish priest; the film was directed by Glen Pitre, who also brought to the screen another memorable look at life in Louisiana, Belizaire the Cajun.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Drama , Romance
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Cast

Tatum O'Neal
as Camille Picou
Julian Sands
as Dr. Lenz
Tim Curry
as Father Antoine
Lacey Chabert
as Florida Picou
Eion Bailey
as Ensign Jack Burwell
Patrick McCullough
as Blue Picou
Michael Arata
as Commander
Kurt Gerard
as Dieter
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Critic Reviews for The Scoundrel's Wife (The Home Front)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Just a little too ungainly, too jumbled at the end, for me to recommend, but it has heart, and I feel a lot of affection for it.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The movie, which could have been historically intriguing, ends up more of a generic soap opera.

Full Review… | April 24, 2003
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The Scoundrel's Wife looks great and Pitre fills the film with solid performances all around.

Full Review… | April 24, 2003
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for The Scoundrel's Wife (The Home Front)

Scripted by Pitre and his wife, Michelle Benoit, is more interesting for its historical setting than for its rather wooden drama, but Tim Curry gives a pretty good performance as the town's whiskey priest.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Nicely made, decent acting and a good story. The period detail is so-so - it could have been better. The Louisiana setting is a plus, it adds flavor to the film. Better than average movie.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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