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The Good Wife (1987)

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Originally titled The Umbrella Woman, The Good Wife is set in an Australian lumber town in 1939. Marge Hills (Rachel Ward), the bored wife of kindly-but-dull Sonny Hills (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 bedmate. Given this curious arrangement, one wonders why Marge is so upset when she is propositioned by handsome stranger Neville Gifford (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.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Laughing Kookaburra

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Cast

Rachel Ward
as Marge Hills
Bryan Brown
as Sonny Hills
Sam Neill
as Neville Gifford
Steven Vidler
as Sugar Hills
Bruce Barry
as Archie
Peter Cummins
as Ned Hooper
Carole Skinner
as Mrs. Gibson
Clarissa Kaye-Mason
as Mrs. Jackson
Barry Hill
as Mr. Fielding
Susan Lyons
as Mrs Fielding
Helen Jones
as Rosie Gibbs
Lisa Hensley
as Sylvia
May Howlett
as Mrs. Carmichael
Maureen Green
as Sal Day
Garry Aron Cook
as Gerry Day
Harold Kissin
as Davis, The Station master
Oliver Hall
as Mick Jones
Robert Barrett
as Heckler at Bar
Maurice Hughes
as Sgt. Larkin
Bill Bader
as Train Guard
Dick May
as Waiter
Trevor Thomas
as Chemist
Philip Wilton
as Train Porter
Craig Fuller
as Charlie
Peter Ford
as Drunk in Bar
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Critic Reviews for The Good Wife

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

May have been more successful had director Ken Cameron taken a less earnest approach...All the same, performances are tops, especially Bryan Brown and on and off screen wife Rachel Ward

Full Review… | May 23, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Propelled by a coltish and convincing performance by Rachel Ward.

Full Review… | August 27, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Good Wife

½

"The Good Wife" is slow, solemn and boring, and so I assume it is meant to be a serious study of Marge and her problems. But this material is so dead that maybe having fun with it was the only hope.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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