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The Secret Life of Archie's Wife (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | TV Movie 28 October 1990
One of life's losers (Michael Tucker) kidnaps a suburban housewife (Jill Eikenberry) while on the run from hoodlums.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Sharphorn
Bunny Brown
Archie Brown
Rowena Sharphorn
Officer Ross
Deputy Shaw
Natalie Riley ...
Dee Valentine
Alison Tucker ...
Tanya Brown
Luann Buckstein ...
Kathryn Christopher ...
Aunt Peg
Tupper Cullum ...
Motel Clerk
Hugh Foley ...
Uncle Bernie


Bunny, an unhappily married Denver housewife, frustrated and stressed out over her uncommunicative businessman husband Archie as well as planing their daughter's coming wedding, has her life turned upside down one day when she's taken hostage by Walter, a bumbling loser on the run from the law after having robbed a bank in order to pay off money to his loan shark Sebastian and to support his elderly mother. Soon Bunny and Walter form a romantic bond and decide to help each other with their problems in their own ways. Written by matt-282

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Comedy | Crime


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28 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Runaway Heart  »

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1.33 : 1
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A pleasant surprise
6 November 2015 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I got this movie as part of a 4-movie comedy pack I picked up cheap. I expected nothing of it, it was a pure hazard buy and the general expectation was that maybe, maybe there were some cheap laughs but most likely bad production and bad acting.

What surprised me most of all is probably that the actors are so good. Michael Tucker is perfect in his part, Jill Eikenberry makes a perfectly fine journey from dull housewife to born again adventuress, and there is really no weak acting in the entire movie.

The production is, of course, on TV budget, but it does its job more than well for that.

Now, what about the story? It reminds me of "Too many crooks", except that the husband is nowhere as crooked as Terry-Thomas wonderful character, and, maybe most importantly, it doesn't end disappointingly like the older movie did. (Why it did is another story.) I feel that some of the story was left untold at the ending, but I didn't really mind. I can guess.

As Walter says to Bunny, "You know what I liked best about you? Kept surprising me!" And the movie managed to do that a few times. Not the top AAA movie maybe but perfectly fine entertainment.

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