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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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Storyline

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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Goofs

When Tony is being stalked by Cole, Tony stops at an ATM. We see Cole's truck pass Tony's empty car, and there are no vehicles in the background. A few seconds later, we see the same shot of the empty car, but now, instead of being in front of Tony's car, where it should be, Cole's truck is parked in a parking lot in the background of the shot. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

CHILL OUT (THINGS GONNA CHANGE)
Written by John Lee Hooker, Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson
Performed by John Lee Hooker
Courtesy of Pointblank Records/Virgin Records America, Inc.
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Strangers on a Train vs The Usual Suspects
1 July 2004 | by howdymaxSee all my reviews

It would appear that the writers of this rather muddled movie were in a big rush to get the script in. They borrowed elements of a number of movies, including the two in my summary, patched them together and voila. Instant movie.

Don't get me wrong, this movie isn't a total loss. If you just consider the acting, we have two standouts. Peter Greene as one of the vilest villains I've seen in a while, and Clea Lewis as the greedy, vindictive wife of the best friend.

Let's not forget Halle Berry. No, let's not. Her acting is always credible, even when she's forced to recite lines like these. And I can assure you she is as adorable in person as she is on screen. I worked with her on a mini-series called "The Wedding" some years ago. She was pleasant, professional, cheerful, friendly, and beautiful. Gee, I almost sound like I'm gushing, but I have worked a lot of movies with a lot of actors, and she really did stand out.

All in all, I don't think you can lose by spending a little time with this movie, but I have to warn you: There are more plot holes in it than there are pot holes in Jersey City.


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