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.


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
Michael Arata
as Commander
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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.

Apr 25, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Apr 24, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

Apr 24, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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