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The Good Wife (1987)

The Umbrella Woman (original title)
R | | Drama, Romance | 14 May 1987 (USA)
In pre-WWII Australia, a love triangle develops between a man, his wife and the man's brother.


Ken Cameron


Peter Kenna

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Ward ... Marge Hills / Wife
Bryan Brown ... Sonny Hills / Husband
Steven Vidler ... Sugar Hills / Sonny's brother
Sam Neill ... Neville Gifford
Jennifer Claire Jennifer Claire ... Daisy
Bruce Barry ... Archie
Peter Cummins Peter Cummins ... Ned Hopper
Carole Skinner Carole Skinner ... Mrs. Gibson
Clarissa Kaye-Mason ... Mrs. Jackson
Barry Hill Barry Hill ... Mr. Fielding
Susan Lyons Susan Lyons ... Mrs. Fielding
Helen Jones Helen Jones ... Rosie Gibbs
Lisa Hensley Lisa Hensley ... Sylvia
May Howlett May Howlett ... Mrs. Carmichael
Maureen Green Maureen Green ... Sal Day


Set in an Australian lumber town in 1939. Marge (Rachel Ward), the bored wife of kindly-but-dull Sonny (Bryan Brown) begins dreaming of outside romances. She unexpectedly gets her wish in the form of Sonny's much-younger brother Sugar (Steven Vidler), whom Sonny cheerfully offers to his wife as a surrogate bed-mate. Given this curious arrangement, one wonders why Marge is so upset when she is propositioned by handsome stranger Neville (Sam Neill). Eventually, Gifford sleeps with every other woman in town but Marge. Fed up with the unimaginative lovers in her own house, Marge finally gives in to Gifford, arousing the jealousy not of the cloddish Sonny, but of the immature Sugar. Written by lament

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14 May 1987 (USA) See more »

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Director of photography James Bartle replaced cinematographer David Gribble as D.O.P when the latter took ill with hepatitis. See more »

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A good movie.
16 September 1999 | by Hermit C-2See all my reviews

'The Good Wife' is for those who like films that focus on an obscure little corner of the world and look at the feelings and foibles of the people therein. This time the camera is aimed at a small Australian town in 1939, where Marge Hills (Rachel Ward) feels that life is passing her by despite her work as a midwife and marriage to a loving husband. Nothing exciting ever happens to her, she thinks, and her attempts to make something happen get her into all sorts of small-town trouble.

Rachel Ward is such a beauty and has such a presence that I probably would have been content to watch her putter around the kitchen for ninety minutes at this stage of her career. Anyone familiar with Bryan Brown's work will not be surprised to hear that he is excellent in the role of Sonny, the husband. Steven Vider is also very good as Sugar, Sonny's younger brother, a youth so callow that he asks his brother if it's OK to sleep with his wife. Sam Neill is the newcomer to town whose attention Marge tries so desperately to get. A lot of people would describe this as a "little" film but I got more enjoyment out of it than many of its bigger brethren.

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