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The Rich Man's Wife (1996)

A rich man's wife finds she has a bad prenuptial agreement with an even worse husband. Over drinks with a stranger, she fantasizes about doing her husband in to void the prenupt. The ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Halle Berry ... Josie Potenza
Peter Greene ... Cole Wilson
Clive Owen ... Jake Golden
Frankie Faison ... Detective Ron Lewis
Charles Hallahan ... Detective Dan Fredricks
Allan Rich ... Bill Adolphe
Clea Lewis ... Nora Golden
Christopher McDonald ... Tony Potenza
Loyda Ramos ... Grace
William Crossett William Crossett ... Cab Driver
Eddie Francis Eddie Francis ... Bartender
Lou DiMaggio ... Party Guest (as Lou Di Maggio)
Alexandra Hedison ... Party Guest
John Paragon ... Maitre D'
Marc Shelton ... Instateller Man
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A rich man's wife finds she has a bad prenuptial agreement with an even worse husband. Over drinks with a stranger, she fantasizes about doing her husband in to void the prenupt. The stranger decides to turn her imagination into reality much to the wife's surprise. Written by Greg Mintz <GM.Augusta@worldnet.att.net>

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The price of wealth just went up. See more »

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,132,151, 15 September 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,538,318, 5 January 1997
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Spoiler: According to Cinematographer Haskell Wexler, after the test screening the ending was changed as "the bad guy at the end didn't die badly enough. As it was, Halle Berry shot the guy, bang, he died. When we redid the scene, she shot him, kicked him in the nuts, struck him with a hatchet so he fell back, shattering a car windscreen before hitting the ground, where we stabbed him with a high heel..." See more »

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When Josie and Cole are struggling in the tunnel at the park, Cole wrestles away Josie's revolver and fires it 3 times at some would-be rescuers. Josie gets away and runs to the end of the tunnel. Cole fires the gun at her another 7 times. A total of 10 shots from a revolver holding 6 bullets. See more »

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[first lines]
Detective Dan Fredricks: [removing woman's handcuffs] Have a seat. Now I want you to listen very carefully, Mrs. Potenza, alright? You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney, and to have the attorney present during questioning. If you so desire, and cannot afford one, an attorney will be provided for you without charge.
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MY DREAM
Written by John Lee Hooker
Performed by John Lee Hooker
Courtesy of Vee-Jay Ltd. Partnership
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Over Plotting to Kill
4 August 2013 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Beautiful young Halle Berry (as Josie) is married to ultra-rich older PBC-TV network executive Christopher McDonald (as Tony Potenza). Her job is to look beautiful and dress sexy. His job is to review TV pilots and the fall line-up. They love each other, really, but each are having extracurricular sex. She is getting hers from British restaurateur Clive Owen (as Jake Golden). He has various dalliances. Because Ms. Berry loves her husband, really, she is concerned with his drinking problem and preoccupation with work. Berry feels neglected and believes their marriage may be on the rocks...

To help repair the marriage, Berry arranges for the couple to spend some time in a small romantic cabin. Alas, her husband drinks too much and falls asleep. They give up on sex and he leaves. She decides to stay and check out local action in a dive bar. Arriving solo and looking to arouse, Berry has a drink and catches the eye of pool-playing Peter Greene (as Cole Wilson). Possibly turned-off by his creepy eye make-up, Berry leaves without a pick-up. Alas, her jeep dies. Stalled on a dark and rainy night, Berry is now a damsel in distress. No problem, as Mr. Greene happens by to drive her home...

Berry insists she loves her husband and declines Greene's sexual invitations. They portend rape, but Berry decided to date Greene anyway. They discuss her failing marriage. Berry was an innocent 17-year-old poor girl, swept off her feet. Greene believes Berry is asking him to kill her husband, but she disagrees. That's the set-up. "The Rich Man's Wife" begins with Berry's arrest. Then, she tells her story. It doesn't make a lot of sense, but can be followed. However, a final scene strains credulity to the breaking point. Cinematography (by Haskell Wexler) and support (like Clea Lewis) help.

***** The Rich Man's Wife (9/13/96) Amy Holden Jones ~ Halle Berry, Peter Greene, Clive Owen, Clea Lewis


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