The Wife (1995 film)

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The Wife
The Wife.jpg
Movie Poster
Directed byTom Noonan
Produced byMichael D. Aglion
Scott Macaulay
Robin O'Hara
Written byTom Noonan
StarringTom Noonan
Wallace Shawn
Karen Young
Julie Hagerty
Music byTom Noonan (as Ludovico Sorret)
CinematographyJoe DeSalvo
Edited byTom Noonan (as Richmond Arrley)
Distributed byArtistic License
Release date
August 16, 1995
Running time
119 min.
CountryUnited States

The Wife is a 1995 film written and directed by Tom Noonan, based on his play Wifey. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, after Noonan had won the Grand Prize the previous year with What Happened Was.[1]


Jack and his wife Rita, both professional therapists, live and work in virtual isolation in a remote Vermont cottage. One night, one of Jack's patients, Cosmo, unexpectedly turns up with young wife Arlie in tow. And the more the couples talk and drink, the more tension builds over what personal issues are being shared in analysis, as well as the private troubles of the therapists themselves.


Actor Role
Tom Noonan Jack
Wallace Shawn Cosmo
Karen Young Arlie
Julie Hagerty Rita

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Holden of The New York Times gave the film a mixed review:


  1. ^ New York Magazine What Happened Next Was June 19, 1995 p88
  2. ^ review

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