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14 May 1987 (USA) See more »
The storm happened inside her. See more »
In pre-WWII Australia, a love triangle develops between a man, his wife and the man's brother. | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Nicely done film, eye-candy cinematography... See more (13 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rachel Ward ... Marge Hills

Bryan Brown ... Sonny Hills

Steven Vidler ... Sugar Hills

Sam Neill ... 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
Garry Cook ... Gerry Day
Harold Kissin ... Davis - Station Master
Oliver Hall ... Mick Jones
Sue Ingleton ... Rita
Robert Barrett ... Heckler at Bar
Maurice Hughes ... Sgt. Larkin

Marg Haynes ... Greta (as Marguerita Haynes)
Bill Bader ... Train Guard
Dick May ... Waiter
Trevor Thomas ... Chemist
Philip Wilton ... Train Porter
Craig Fuller ... Charlie
Peter Ford ... Drunk in Bar

Directed by
Ken Cameron 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Kenna 

Produced by
Jan Sharp .... producer
Helen Watts .... associate producer
Original Music by
Cameron Allan 
Cinematography by
James Bartle 
Film Editing by
John Scott 
Casting by
Liz Mullinar 
Production Design by
Sally Campbell 
Set Decoration by
Blossom Flint 
Costume Design by
Jennie Tate 
Makeup Department
Sally Gordon .... makeup department head
Willi Kenrick .... hair stylist
Production Management
John-Paul Lucini .... unit production manager (as Jean-Paul 'Lon' Lucini)
Helen Watts .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Craig Bolles .... second assistant director
Grant Lee .... third assistant director
Phil Rich .... first assistant director
Art Department
Ty Bosco .... storyboard artist
Leah Cocks .... art department coordinator
Steve Lyons .... storyboard artist (as Steven Lyons)
Billy Malcolm .... scenic artist
Dennis Smith .... construction manager
Ross Wallace .... model maker
Sound Department
Anne Breslin .... sound effects editor
Liz Goldfinch .... dialogue editor
Geoff Krix .... boom operator
Ben Osmo .... sound recordist
Roger Savage .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... visual effects
Chris Anderson .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Lester Bishop .... key grip
Shaun Conway .... best boy
Pav Govind .... gaffer
Carolyn Johns .... still photographer
Peter Menzies Jr. .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gabrielle Healy .... costume assistant
Jenny Miles .... costume supervisor
Jenny Miles .... stand-by wardrobe
Editorial Department
Pamela Barnetta .... assistant editor
Liz Goldfinch .... assistant editor
Gai Steele .... assistant editor
Other crew
Maude Heath .... location manager
Keith Jones .... steam train coordinator
Therese O'Leary .... continuity
Gemma Rawsthorne .... production accountant
Greg Ricketson .... production consultant
Elizabeth Symes .... production coordinator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Umbrella Woman" - Australia (original title)
"The Good Wife" - UK (informal short title), USA
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USA:98 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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


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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Nicely done film, eye-candy cinematography..., 26 May 2002
Author: Eric-1226 from Seattle, Washington

"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!!

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