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14 May 1987 (USA) See more »
The storm happened inside her.
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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Weak, Ineffectual Husbands- a movie staple! 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
Marguerita Haynes ... Greta
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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3 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Weak, Ineffectual Husbands- a movie staple!, 26 June 2006
Author: swayback80 from United States

After seeing this movie, I was prompted to write and comment, once again, about the roles that husbands are afforded in almost every movie w/ a love triangle. This film offers a stark illustration of this fact. For the sake of the story, we are asked to suspend disbelief and watch as every husband portrayed in the film, is cuckolded- & offers no instance of protest, or resistance. So let me get this straight- the " GOOD WIFE" in the film, is a lustful, amoral character- who presumably destroys her marriage to pursue a worthless cad. By itself, this isn't an unbelievable tale. My pet peeve however, is how the women's spouses are portrayed, in movies of this sort. The B. Brown character not only doesn't get angry, he offers his wife to his brother, excuses her behavior w/ the barman, and willingly, immediately, and w/out reservation, offers "instant forgiveness" to his cheating wife- another predictable staple for this character. The other husband in the movie who catches his wife w/ another man, reacts the same way. In other words, every husband is weak, ineffectual & too inadequate, to show anger, towards their straying wives! No, the women are all capable of destructive actions, but the husbands?- their reaction to these actions, is reserved, measured, & minimal at best. This character is essential to filmmakers, but is so prevalent, that it's becoming a cliché' within itself! The first film that actually offers a sympathetic, strong portrayal of a betrayed man, which by the way is the usual portrayal given to betrayed wives, will be a revelation. An actual male character who doesn't whine & weakly accepts his wife's cheating. One who decides that SHE is not worthy of him- would be a first! Instead we are faced w/ the same character- gutless, weak, no balls, and willing to accept any & all humiliations, for the sake of fantasy. By no means am I one of these right-wing, "defenders of families" freaks- but it's not hard to see that the portrayal of husbands in these movies, would give one pause. What reality are these filmmakers living in- & maybe, just once, they'll join ours!

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