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The Substitute Wife (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, Western | TV Movie 23 May 1994
In Nebraska, in pioneer days, a woman who knows she is going to die asks a prostitute to replace her with her husband and four children in order to make it possible for them to keep their family farm.

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Peter Werner

Writer:

Stan Daniels
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Farrah Fawcett ... Pearl
Lea Thompson ... Amy Hightower
Peter Weller ... Martin Hightower
Karis Paige Bryant Karis Paige Bryant ... Jessica (as Karis Bryant)
Cory Lloyd Cory Lloyd ... Nathan
Colton Conklin Colton Conklin ... Jack
Annie Suite Annie Suite ... Mrs. Van Der Meer
Babs George ... Mrs. Parker
Gena Sleete Gena Sleete ... Hattie Donahue
Gail Cronauer ... Isabel Donahue
Lou Perryman Lou Perryman ... Saloon Keeper
Jonathan Joss ... Black Deer
Blue Deckert ... Royal Spencer
Wally Welch ... Jake
Guich Koock Guich Koock ... Mr. Van Der Meer
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In Nebraska, in pioneer days, a woman who knows she is going to die asks a prostitute to replace her with her husband and four children in order to make it possible for them to keep their family farm.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Substitute See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Genuine humour prevails
7 February 2001 | by tasha1See all my reviews

When I saw this film televised on British TV, I enjoyed it so much that I tried to get a copy for 4 years. Eventually I managed to get a second hand copy - all this by a woman who has never bought a movie video in her life before.

This film is extremely sad with amazingly funny moments interspersed. Just when you feel like crying over the sadness of the situation (the wife suffering badly and dying from cancer, watching her children interact with another woman, who appears stunning, glamorous and frustratingly desirable to her husband) a character will utter something that makes you roll about with laughter.

The film isn't supposed to be realistic, it would never happen surely, but even so it makes a fine story line and does test your emotions in all directions. Don't take the film too seriously, take it as it comes and enjoy every moment. The male actor playing the husband is completely fantastic in his role. His expressions and wry comments have you fascinated from the word go.

Get hold of a copy and enjoy a non-violent, entertaining tale of sadness, friendship and honour.

PS: I'm NOT a woman who enjoys sloppy rubbish films, so don't write it off as a womans film!


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