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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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The price of wealth just went up. See more »

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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

Gross USA:

$8,543,587

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,543,587
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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

In the garage scene, Josie shoots Cole several times. In one shot, the pistol slide locks back, indicating an empty magazine. In the next shot, she shoots him again while he is on the ground. See more »

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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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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
Written by Mildred J. Hill, Patty S. Hill
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Predictable
22 May 2019 | by Easygoer10See all my reviews

A far too predictable film to have much "suspense", I didn't really care for this one. Halle Berry is not one of my favorites, either. A very sexy and attractive woman, she (unfortunately) has been typecast as exactly that, and having few opportunities to break out of this mold. Lately, however, she truly did. She was successfully cast in the highly popular Keanu Reeves world of "John Wick". She is a rare protagonist in these films; helping John Wick (Keanu Reeves), in "John Wick: Parabellum"; which just opened a few days ago. Her role is similar (but more expansive) to Willem Dafoe's in the original film "John Wick" (2014). I am a big fan of Clive Owen; a very underrated actor, much like Willem Dafoe, who can play anyone doing anything. I am also a fan of Peter Greene, who is almost always the villain. I particularly liked him in the brilliant suspense/thriller/caper film, "The Usual Suspects" (1995). Although he typically has smaller parts than this film; "The Rich Man's Wife" (what a dumb name; ouch) he makes a lot out of each role; the most you can ask of any actor. Although not near as famous in the film world, he is kind of like "Malcolm McDowell", who was the lead in the wildly controversial and popular Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange"; the role of a lifetime for any actor. McDowell has gone on to make well over 100 films, usually (but not always) cast as a villain. I am a huge fan of his. Anyway, skip this and watch the 2 films I mentioned, along with Clive Owen in "The International" (2009).


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