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A Wife's Nightmare (2014)

Liz, just returned home after a mental breakdown, has to welcome a relative stranger into her home when Caitlin, a young, vivacious woman, claims to be her husband's daughter.


Vic Sarin
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Complete credited cast:
Jennifer Beals ... Liz Michaels
Dylan Neal ... Gabe Michaels
Lola Tash ... Caitlin Patterson
Spencer List ... AJ Michaels
Katherine McNamara ... Jackie
Alex Ferris ... Sean
Nicole Hombrebueno ... Allison
Tracey Hway ... Angie
Raphael Kepinski ... Civil Servant
Ken Tremblett ... Tillman
Paula Elle ... Tillman Worker
Carol Record Carol Record ... Neighbor
Matt Brown ... Neighbor
Steve Richmond ... Paul
Aki Nagai Aki Nagai ... Nakatomi


Liz has just recovered from a mental breakdown returns home to pick up the pieces of her life - but her plans are thrown into disarray when a teenage girl, Caitlin claiming to be her husband's long-lost daughter arrives on her doorstep. When she begins to feel being pushed out of her own family, she questions the girl's motives and her own sanity.

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Inspired by true events


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Before the wine spilt scene. No potholders for the casserole dish. Liz serves the son first then the daughter. After the spilt wine episode. The daughter never finishes drying herself off. Her sons plate has no food on it when they ask to go out after dinner and the dinner forks have not left the napkins. See more »


Caitlin: Um excuse me? Gabe Michaels, I'm your daughter.
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Lifetime, what did I expect
27 December 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

It's very sad to see beautiful, talented Jennifer Beals in a film like this, but such is the price of turning 50 in Hollywood. I give her credit -- she works much more than many other women her age. I think she could have afforded to skip this one.

Beals stars as Liz, a woman who has had a mental breakdown and recently returned to her family. She is the breadwinner; her husband Gabe is an out-of-work musician trying to put an album together. One day a young woman shows up, says her name is Caitlin and that she's Gabe's daughter. Her mother is deceased, and her will directed her daughter to him.

Since Caitlin is living out of her car, the family moves her in, and before long, she is causing problems as they await the DNA results. For one thing, she kisses her brother on the lips. Strange things begin to happen to Liz's work - files disappear when she's trying to make a presentation at work, for instance. Before long, Liz feels like she's ready for the asylum again.

It won't be hard to figure this one out. Thanks to Beals, it's not as bad as it could have been. One problem - for a presentation as major as the Beals character was giving, one would think she would have had those files on a jump drive in her office. Just saying. I saw it on Lifetime, which says it all.

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