Rich Man's Wife

The Rich Man's Wife

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Director: Amy Jones

Cast: Amy Jones, Halle Berry, Christopher McDonald, Clive Owen

     
 

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This suspense thriller, which features Halle Berry in one of her first leading roles, has been given a simple presentation for its DVD release. The Rich Man's Wife has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc at its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Surround. The dialogue is in English with no

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This suspense thriller, which features Halle Berry in one of her first leading roles, has been given a simple presentation for its DVD release. The Rich Man's Wife has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc at its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Surround. The dialogue is in English with no multiple-language options, though closed captions in English have been included. The film's original trailer has been added as a bonus.

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Told as one extended flashback, The Rich Man's Wife concerns Josie Potenza (Halle Berry), a gorgeous young woman unhappily wed to an alcoholic multimillionaire named Tony (Christopher MacDonald). Fleeing from a depressing romantic getaway with her spouse, Josie crosses paths with a drifter named Cole Wilson (Peter Greene), who presents himself as an ally and emotional support to the confused wife. In truth, however, Cole is a psychotic male predator. He swiftly does away with Tony and then brutalizes the young widow and blackmails her extramarital lover (Clive Owen); soon, it looks as though Josie may be indicted for her husband's homicide. To reveal more would be unfair, but the film's pedigree is significant: it was written and directed by Amy Holden Jones, a feminist also responsible for The Slumber Party Massacre in 1982. As in that earlier picture (albeit on a far more subtle level), Jones uses Wife to deliver a wry commentary on the chauvinistic conventions of traditional movie thrillers and how readily we accept them. At one point, when Cole is terrorizing Josie, Jones even places pseudo-slasher music on the soundtrack. Only in the final scene does the movie's overarching message become clear; Jones turns the tables and we realize that the joke is on us for the distorted gender bias that we've instinctively swallowed. For that reason, the widespread attacks on this movie as empty-headed and exploitative seem way off-target. The movie as a whole doesn't quite come together - the twist ending introduces more questions than answers - but it's still an admirable and genuinely interesting picture for what it attempts.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2000
UPC:
0717951005502
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:35:00

Special Features

2.0 Dolby Surround; Widescreen (1.85:1)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Halle Berry Josie Potenza
Christopher McDonald Tony Potenza
Clive Owen Jake Golden
Peter Greene Cole Wilson
Clea Lewis Nora Golden
Charles Hallahan Dan Fredricks
Frankie R. Faison Ron Lewis
Alexandra Hedison Party Guest

Technical Credits
Amy Jones Director,Screenwriter
Bill Arnold Art Director
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Wendy Greene Bricmont Editor
John Frizzell Songwriter
James Newton Howard Songwriter
Colleen Kelsall Costumes/Costume Designer
Nancy Klopper Casting
Ed Novick Sound/Sound Designer
Jennifer Ogden Executive Producer
Jeannine Oppewall Production Designer
Julie Bergman Sender Producer
Haskell Wexler Cinematographer
John R. Woodward Asst. Director

Scene Index

Chapter Selection
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits/An Interrogation [7:21]
2. Romantic Getaway [4:52]
3. A Stranger In The Night [5:43]
4. Hypothetical Homicide [5:29]
5. Ride With A Madman [4:09]
6. A Clean Slate [3:32]
7. Slaughter In The Storm [5:39]
8. Blackmail [6:18]
9. The Police Station [6:46]
10. Sharing The Secret [2:38]
11. Strange Bedfellows [4:03]
12. An Ex-Wife [6:24]
13. Surveillance At The Cemetery [4:02]
14. The Payoff Gone Bad [4:48]
15. Piecing Together The Puzzle [3:56]
16. Murder In The Mansion [9:23]
17. Not Buying The Story [1:35]
18. One Last Witness [3:05]
19. End Credits [4:50]

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The Rich Man's Wife 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Beauty_Is_My_Name More than 1 year ago
Halle Berry's performance in this movie was very good. Like most of her roles, I thought I had the movie pegged after the first 30 minutes of watching, but sure enough, the ending twist completely caught me off guard. As a woman, I couldn't help be say 'you go girl' at the end!