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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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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 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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Secrets lie between the lines. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,601,092, 18 April 2019
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Close and Pryce rehearsed around a table for a week before shooting began on the film. See more »

Goofs

Joan tells Nathanial that if he does anything to malign Joe's work, she will take him to court. First, any honest critique of an artist's work would be protected by the First Amendment. Second, you cannot be sued for slandering the dead. Third, since Nathanial's allegations would be perfectly true, she would have no case. See more »

Quotes

Elaine Mozell: The public can't stomach bold prose from a woman.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Don Cheadle/Gary Clark Jr. (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

(Do I Figure) In Your Life
Words and Music by Peter Blumson
Performed by Joe Cocker
Published by Robbins Music Corp Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK
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A very good movie which I didn't like
30 August 2018 | by vidoranSee all my reviews

I didn't like this movie, but I don't think I was meant to. It is thought provoking and very well acted by a wonderful cast. There are inconsistencies in the plot which I will not outline but they did detract. Still, it had impact and left me thinking long after the end. If we make free decisions to support and remain with a cad and a narcissist do we deserve pity for the unhappiness which results?


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