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The Rich Man's Wife Those of us who have been waiting for the exquisitely lovely Halle Berry to top-line a movie would be better off forgetting this one ever happened. ...The Rich Man's WifeMystery and Thriller, DramaR Those of us who have been waiting for the exquisitely lovely Halle Berry to top-line a movie would be better off forgetting this one ever happened. ...1996-09-27
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The Rich Man's Wife

Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Drama; Starring: Halle Berry, Peter Greene; Director: Amy Holden Jones; MPAA Rating: R

Those of us who have been waiting for the exquisitely lovely Halle Berry to top-line a movie would be better off forgetting this one ever happened. Pathetically overwrought and underwritten, The Rich Man’s Wife makes a feint in the direction of Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train: The emotionally abused trophy wife (Berry) of an L.A. TV executive (Christopher McDonald) confides a muttered wish that he’d be better off dead to a stranger (Peter Greene) she meets in a bar. But since Greene plays said stranger as a fire-breathing nutjob, only very credulous viewers will be surprised when he sets off on a murderous rampage. There are several dumb plot twists, but nothing so silly as asking us to believe that Berry would be married to McDonald (Geena Davis’ lout husband in Thelma & Louise) in the first place. Berry proved she could act in Losing Isaiah; here, she just looks gorgeous. At least that gives us something to contemplate while waiting for the credits to roll. D-