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The Wife (2017)

R | | Drama | 28 September 2018 (UK)
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A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm to see her husband receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Director:

Björn Runge (as Björn L Runge)

Writers:

Jane Anderson (screenplay by), Meg Wolitzer (based on the novel "The Wife" by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Close ... Joan Castleman
Jonathan Pryce ... Joe Castleman
Max Irons ... David Castleman
Christian Slater ... Nathanial Bone
Harry Lloyd ... Young Joe
Annie Starke ... Young Joan
Elizabeth McGovern ... Elaine Mozell
Johan Widerberg ... Walter Bark
Karin Franz Körlof ... Linnea
Richard Cordery ... Hal Bowman
Jan Mybrand ... Arvid Engdahl
Anna Azcárate ... Mrs. Lindelöf (as Anna Azcarate)
Peter Forbes Peter Forbes ... James Finch
Fredric Gildea Fredric Gildea ... Mr. Lagerfelt (as Fredrik Gildea)
Jane Garda ... Constance Finch
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Storyline

Behind any great man, there's always a greater woman - and you're about to meet her. Joan Castleman (Glenn Close): a highly intelligent and still-striking beauty - the perfect devoted wife. Forty years spent sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to fan the flames of her charismatic husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and his skyrocketing literary career. Ignoring his infidelities and excuses because of his "art" with grace and humour. Their fateful pact has built a marriage upon uneven compromises. And Joan's reached her breaking point. On the eve of Joe's Nobel Prize for Literature, the crown jewel in a spectacular body of work, Joan's coup de grace is to confront the biggest sacrifice of her life and secret of his career. Written by anonymous

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Behind any great man, there's always a greater woman See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Annie Starke gets an "Introducing" credit (usually reserved for an actor's very first appearance in a movie), even though she has been in three other movies: South Pacific (2001), Albert Nobbs (2011), and We Don't Belong Here (2017). South Pacific and Albert Nobbs both also starred Starke's mother, Glenn Close. See more »

Goofs

The Nobel dinner always takes place in The Blue hall in Stockholm City hall, and this looks distinctly different from the room used here. See more »

Quotes

Joan Castleman: I am a kingmaker.
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Connections

Referenced in Mr. Mayor: Brentwood Trash (2021) See more »

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Written by Linda Spjut
Performed by Linda Spjut
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Close is Simply Mesmerizing on Screen
1 March 2019 | by larrys3See all my reviews

Methodically paced but an intense and complicated drama, where Glenn Close is just mesmerizing on screen. As other reviewers have noted, it's highly disappointing she did not win the Best Actress Oscar.

Jonathan Pryce and Christian Slater are also excellent in their roles, and Annie Starke (Close's real life daughter) stood out in her supporting role as the young Close character. Most able direction by Swedish director Bjorn L. Runge and superb writing of the screenplay by Jane Anderson, adapted from the novel of Meg Wolitzer.


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UK | Sweden | USA

Language:

English | Swedish

Release Date:

28 September 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wife See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$108,284, 19 August 2018

Gross USA:

$9,601,092

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,978,189
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2.35 : 1
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