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The Good Wife (1987)

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


Ken Cameron


Peter Kenna
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Ward ... Marge Hills / Wife
Bryan Brown ... Sonny Hills / Husband
Steven Vidler ... Sugar Hills / Sonny's brother
Sam Neill ... Neville Gifford
Jennifer Claire Jennifer Claire ... Daisy
Bruce Barry ... Archie
Peter Cummins Peter Cummins ... Ned Hopper
Carole Skinner Carole Skinner ... Mrs. Gibson
Clarissa Kaye-Mason ... Mrs. Jackson
Barry Hill Barry Hill ... Mr. Fielding
Susan Lyons Susan Lyons ... Mrs. Fielding
Helen Jones Helen Jones ... Rosie Gibbs
Lisa Hensley Lisa Hensley ... Sylvia
May Howlett May Howlett ... Mrs. Carmichael
Maureen Green Maureen Green ... Sal Day


Set in an Australian lumber town in 1939. Marge (Rachel Ward), the bored wife of kindly-but-dull Sonny (Bryan Brown) begins dreaming of outside romances. She unexpectedly gets her wish in the form of Sonny's much-younger brother Sugar (Steven Vidler), whom Sonny cheerfully offers to his wife as a surrogate bed-mate. Given this curious arrangement, one wonders why Marge is so upset when she is propositioned by handsome stranger Neville (Sam Neill). Eventually, Gifford sleeps with every other woman in town but Marge. Fed up with the unimaginative lovers in her own house, Marge finally gives in to Gifford, arousing the jealousy not of the cloddish Sonny, but of the immature Sugar. Written by lament

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14 May 1987 (USA) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Final theatrical feature film directed by Ken Cameron who since has extensively worked in Australian television. See more »

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truth of the human being
15 April 2002 | by ZiliusSee all my reviews

I saw the second half of this movie on cable starting from the point where Sam Neil came into town. Then the next day i caught the second half again. The story and the truth it brought to me was captivating. It brought many things to my mind. besides that it reminded me of many things it was all very atractivly shot with beutifull powerfull actors/actresses.

i noticed there is only one comment in 3 years about this film and feeling so strongly about it i worte this. I have noticed many have though nothing of this film. though it fake or a physcolical atempt at "showing us something" "being something" but i belive these peoples life expereance has not agreed with the content and for that reason they do not like it. It has seemed very real to me. Although the style of acting in many ways is more like stage acting and carried more by the writers ideas then by the "relisim" of the actors themselvs. But what true ideas the writer has shown us!

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