Taglines: The storm happened inside her.
Unbridled passions sear under the hot Australian sun in this smoldering tale of desperation, betrayal and redemption. Breathtakingly beautiful to watch, this “well made and well acted” (Leonard Maltin) drama stars Rachel Ward (Against All Odds), Bryan Brown (Cocktail) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) in a haunting story of lost opportunities and unrequited love.
Marge (Ward), a sensuous but proper wife, lives with her quiet lumberjack husband Sonny (Brown) in a remote Aussie town. Lonely and unfulfilled, Marge develops an attraction – and then an obsession – for the town’s sexy new bartender, Neville (Neill). And when Neville acts on Marge’s desires, he unleashes her insatiable sexual appetite. But word of her infidelity catches and spreads like wildfire through their small town … leaving Sonny with no choice but to squelch the flames or lose everything he’s got!
The Good Wife (released in some areas as The Umbrella Woman) is a 1987 film starring Rachel Ward, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Steven Vidler, Clarissa Kaye, Susan Lyons, Jennifer Claire, Carole Skinner, Bruce Barry, Peter Cummins, Helen Jones and Lisa Hensley. It also features Steven Vidler and Sam Neill.
Producer Jan Sharp originally intended her husband, Phillip Noyce to direct but he went on to make Echoes of Paradise instead so she hired Ken Cameron: “I was very happy to do it but it was a picture that I think would always be hard to do. It’s terribly hard to do Madame Bovary in Australia and it’s very hard to graft, say, that European style of melodrama or melodramatically intense view of family and sexual relations on to the Australian landscape. There’s something there that refuses to play the game about the Australian country town.”
The Good Wife (The Umbrella Woman) (1987)
Directed by: Ken Cameron
Starring: Rachel Ward, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Steven Vidler, Clarissa Kaye, Susan Lyons, Jennifer Claire, Carole Skinner, Bruce Barry, Peter Cummins, Helen Jones, Lisa Hensley
Screenplay by: Peter Kenna
Production Design by: Sally Campbell
Cinematography by: James Bartle
Film Editing by: John Scott
Costume Design by: Jennie Tate
Set Decoration by: Blossom Flint
Music by: Cameron Allan
Distributed by: Atlantic Releasing
Release Date: May 14, 1987