The Rich Man's Wife

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The Rich Man's Wife ★½ 1996 (R)

Modern noir strands unhappy wife Josie (Berry) on Martha's Vineyard without her loathsome spouse (McDonald), where she makes the mistake of confiding her marital woes to sympathetic, yet obviously deranged stranger Cole (Greene). She tells Cole sometimes she wishes her husband was dead. Poof! Before you can say “foreshadowing,” hubby's murdered and she's the prime suspect. Increasingly nut-so Cole stalks our heroine, seemingly innocent, but possibly not as blameless as it appears. Failed mystery/thriller delivers little of either and the attempt at a “Strangers on a Train” premise and a “Usual Suspects” type ending fail miserably. 95m/C VHS, DVD . Halle Berry, Christopher McDonald, Clive Owen, Peter Greene, Charles Hallahan, Frankie Faison, Clea Lewis; D: Amy Holden Jones; W: Amy Holden Jones; C: Haskell Wexler; M: John (Gianni) Frizzell.

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