When he pops up again and murders Tony a fascinatingly brutal and drawn-out scene that really invites the audience to consider how sadistic the crime is , he seems to believe that Josie really wanted it done, even though he protects himself from the possibility that she'll call the police, and despite other motives. The film is briskly paced and never feels slow even when it fails to really hook the viewer. CineMaterial is not endorsed, sponsored or affiliated with any movie studio. Jones provides interesting backstory for the character that's meant to add further nuance and complication to the situation she's in, but Berry never seems to live in it rather than just say it aloud on screen. When she meets the rugged but dangerous Cole Wilson Peter Greene , he sets in motion a tense series of events, leading to murder and deception.
Directed by: Written by: Release date: 1996-09-13 Runtime: 94 minutes Tagline: Someone Is Playing A Very Deadly Game. All this she relates to Cole Wilson Peter Greene in a bar near the log cabin she and her husband were holidaying at in an attempt to salve a few wounds until he had to leave on business. As the film draws to a close, Jones throws in one more curveball with Josie, and it's a shame the film doesn't feel as if it properly builds to it. She's seen through two lenses: the woman who did kind of want her husband to go away, and the woman who definitely didn't ask Cole to murder her husband. It's a shame that Jones herself didn't want to appear, but this is an impressively well-researched and unexpectedly entertaining track just the same. In theory, this is a compelling thematic thrust, but Jones wants to do something more complex with the character of Josie that ends up being at odds with the way the film swirls around her.
Halle Berry looks beautiful — if a little skinny — and she makes a convincing damsel in distress. Berry is a talented actor, but here she fails to make an impression, playing someone so passive she hardly registers as either. She has one good scene that draws on that backstory, in a car fighting with Owen's character Jake, but she ultimately feels miscast. . Though Josie also cheats on Tony, she holds out hope that they can reconcile.
Over drinks with a stranger, she fantasizes about doing her husband in to void the prenupt. The Video and Audio The 1. Well-crafted, snap-ended suspenser co-stars Clive Owen, Frankie Faison, Charles Hallahan, Clea Lewis. Josie Potenza Halle Berry had long ago discovered that being the trophy bride of a workaholic--and alcoholic--film producer Christopher McDonald had its share of challenges. Those other motives, which I won't spoil, involve more outside manipulation of Josie's life, and even Tony, who sincerely seems to care about Josie when they patch things up, dies without a will, leaving behind only a pre-nup that represents another form of control. The getaway doesn't go as planned, with Tony hitting the bourbon again and returning to the city to deal with a crisis at his company, and Josie staying behind alone. Also roped into the intrigue is Josie's lover, Jake Golden Clive Owen , who is far from innocent.
Like many movie heroines, however, Josie is slow to pick up on the tell-tale signs. Let's work together to keep the conversation civil. Director of Slumber Party Massacre! Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by marking them offensive. He occasionally does respond to something on screen, whether that's some of the supporting cast or the cinematography by Haskell Wexler, but even then he has a very prepared style, diving in deep to outline career trajectories and fill in other historical context. Refrain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks, name calling or inciting hatred against any community.
Josie panics, chasing Cole off at gunpoint and returning to the city, where she patches up her relationship. English captions for the deaf and hard of hearing are also included. A sleazy, direct-to-video psycho-thriller, inexplicably playing theaters under Disney's auspices. The script pretty much gives him free rein to play as wacko as he likes, but he shows admirable restraint most of the time, preventing his character from becoming a cartoonish villain. Though Josie also cheats on Tony, she holds out hope that they can reconcile. A chance encounter with a homicidal nut Peter Greene turns her life upside down: He kills her husband and tries to blackmail her, as the police begin to suspect that she murdered.
Cole finally gets the job done, and pays a visit to Josie to give her the good news and celebrate their new-found partnership. Synopsis: A rich man's wife finds she has a bad prenuptial agreement with an even worse husband. Pretty Josie Potenza Halle Berry is unhappily married to a wealthy older man. The stranger decides to turn her imagination into reality much to the wife's surprise. The Extras Kino Lorber continues in their quest to rehabilitate the audio commentary with The Rich Man's Wife. Shortly after, Tony, who appears to have got his act together and is at last making an effort to revive their marriage, is murdered by Cole in a grisly and protracted scene.
An original theatrical trailer for The Rich Man's Wife is also included. The Rich Man's Wife 1996 94 min Josie Halle Berry is unhappy in her marriage to wealthy film producer Tony Potenza Christopher McDonald , who tends to be preoccupied with work, drinking or other women. The film at least partially sets up an interesting dynamic in which Josie's situation is constantly being affected by men acting either on her behalf or in what those men think are her best interests. The finished film further illustrates that Jones has skill with action, an eye for actors, and feminist and racial sensibilities in her writing that make the script smarter and more interesting, but the end result is mysteriously bland, a concoction that needed some extra element to really take off. Was hired as the editor for E. She looks so vulnerable at times that you feel like gathering her up and putting her in your pocket.
The Usual Suspects was a big hit the year before this movie was released, and you get the feeling that Amy Holden Jones, the writer and director of this movie, saw Suspects and was blown away by the twist in that movie so decided to incorporate it into hers. Conclusion Despite plenty of intriguing ideas and asides, The Rich Man's Wife is a mixed bag at best, one that never quite figures out how to completely pull all of its threads together in a fully compelling way. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; theatrical trailer. The craft of The Rich Man's Wife is more than adequate, including a tense scene where Cole is intimidating Josie by speeding through the woods at night with his headlights off, the aforementioned bloody murder of Tony as well as another particularly shocking scene where a character gets shot in the ear , and an extremely well-blocked sequence on a freeway that features some great stunt shots. Also roped into the intrigue is Josie's lover, Jake Golden Clive Owen , who is far from innocent. McDonald is compelling as both in traditional jerk mode and remorseful nice-guy mode, and Frankie Faison has a fun supporting turn as a cop who side-eyes his partner's Charles Hallahan of The Thing potential racial profiling.