MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 86 this week

Peter Kenna's The Good Wife (1987)
"The Umbrella Woman" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  14 May 1987 (USA)
5.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.9/10 from 399 users  
Reviews: 13 user | 5 critic

In pre-WWII Australia, a love triangle develops between a man, his wife and the man's brother.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 03 Dec 2011
 
list image
t 2
a list of 132 titles
created 15 Mar 2012
 
a list of 10000 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
a list of 18 titles
created 08 Jul 2012
 
list image
a list of 707 titles
created 22 Jul 2012
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Peter Kenna's The Good Wife (1987)

Peter Kenna's The Good Wife (1987) on IMDb 5.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Peter Kenna's The Good Wife.
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Fourth adaptation and first made for television of the classic Australian bushranger novel "Robbery Under Arms" by Rolf Boldrewood. Made by the South Australian Film Corporation during the ... See full summary »

Directors: Donald Crombie, Ken Hannam
Stars: Sam Neill, Steven Vidler, Christopher Cummins
Double Jeopardy (TV Movie 1992)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Jack Hart lives with his lawyer wife and yound daughter and enjoys a wonderful life. Jack's old girlfriend, Lisa, comes into town and they have an affair. Lisa kills her current boyfriend ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Schiller
Stars: Rachel Ward, Bruce Boxleitner, Sela Ward
Rain Shadow (TV Mini-Series 2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Stars: Rachel Ward, Victoria Thaine, Grant Piro
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The film is a biography of Pope John Paul II. It starts in 1926 when the boy Karol Wojtila was celebrating Christmas with his father in Poland. Some years later Nazi Germany attacks Poland ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi
Stars: Sam Neill, Christopher Cazenove, Lisa Harrow
Black Magic (TV Movie 1992)
Comedy | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A man is having dreams of his dead cousin who tells him he's been killed by a witch in Istanbul, North Carolina. He goes there and meets the woman and confronts her. He begins having spells... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Taplitz
Stars: Rachel Ward, Judge Reinhold, Brion James
The Ascent (1994)
Adventure | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The real-life adventure of a dashing Italian soldier who escapes a British prisoner-of-war camp because he dreams of climbing 17,000-foot Mt... See full synopsis »

Director: Donald Shebib
Stars: Vincent Spano, Ben Cross, Tony Lo Bianco
Kane & Abel (TV Mini-Series 1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Kane and Abel are born on the same day the same year on each side of the Atlantic. William Kane is born in one of the richest families of Boston and grows up to be a banker on Wall Street. ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Strauss, Sam Neill, Ron Silver
My Stepson, My Lover (TV Movie 1997)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A kind nurse finds herself embroiled in a tense and potentially deadly family affair when she falls for the son of her ruthless new husband.

Director: Mary Lambert
Stars: Rachel Ward, Joshua Morrow, Terry O'Quinn
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young female landowner in 1840s Jamaica marries a just-arrived Englishman to avoid losing her property. All seems to be perfect, love arises, and happiness is on the way, but she is ... See full summary »

Director: John Duigan
Stars: Karina Lombard, Nathaniel Parker, Rachel Ward
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Dennis Dimbleby Bagley is a brilliant young advertising executive who can't come up with a slogan to sell a revolutionary new pimple cream. His obsessive worrying affects not only his ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Robinson
Stars: Richard E. Grant, Rachel Ward, Richard Wilson
Rebel (1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

This drama is set in World War II Australia, where an American Marine, Rebel is recuperating from wounds suffered in battle. He is weary of war and is intent on going AWOL and escaping from... See full summary »

Director: Michael Jenkins
Stars: Matt Dillon, Debra Byrne, Bryan Brown
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A gangster hires an ex-football player to find his girlfriend. When he finds her, they fall in love, and the twists start to appear.

Director: Taylor Hackford
Stars: Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges, James Woods
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Marge Hills
...
Sonny Hills
...
Sugar Hills
...
Neville Gifford
Jennifer Claire ...
Daisy
Bruce Barry ...
Archie
Peter Cummins ...
Ned Hopper
Carole Skinner ...
Mrs. Gibson
Clarissa Kaye-Mason ...
Mrs. Jackson
Barry Hill ...
Mr. Fielding
Susan Lyons ...
Mrs. Fielding
Helen Jones ...
Rosie Gibbs
Lisa Hensley ...
Sylvia
May Howlett ...
Mrs. Carmichael
Maureen Green ...
Sal Day
Edit

Storyline

In pre-WWII Australia, a love triangle develops between a man, his wife and the man's brother.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

australia | independent film | See All (2) »

Taglines:

The storm happened inside her.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 May 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Peter Kenna's The Good Wife  »

Box Office

Gross:

$1,200,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First collaboration of actors Sam Neill and Bryan Brown who would later go on to both work on My Talks with Dean Spanley (2008), Dirty Deeds (2002) and the television series Old School (2014). See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Nicely done film, eye-candy cinematography...
26 May 2002 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See 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!!


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Peter Kenna's The Good Wife (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?