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Peter Kenna's The Good Wife (1987)

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

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

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$1,200,000 (USA)
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A good movie.
16 September 1999 | by (Marietta, GA, USA) – See all my reviews

'The Good Wife' is for those who like films that focus on an obscure little corner of the world and look at the feelings and foibles of the people therein. This time the camera is aimed at a small Australian town in 1939, where Marge Hills (Rachel Ward) feels that life is passing her by despite her work as a midwife and marriage to a loving husband. Nothing exciting ever happens to her, she thinks, and her attempts to make something happen get her into all sorts of small-town trouble.

Rachel Ward is such a beauty and has such a presence that I probably would have been content to watch her putter around the kitchen for ninety minutes at this stage of her career. Anyone familiar with Bryan Brown's work will not be surprised to hear that he is excellent in the role of Sonny, the husband. Steven Vider is also very good as Sugar, Sonny's younger brother, a youth so callow that he asks his brother if it's OK to sleep with his wife. Sam Neill is the newcomer to town whose attention Marge tries so desperately to get. A lot of people would describe this as a "little" film but I got more enjoyment out of it than many of its bigger brethren.


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