The Rich Man’s Wife

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Rich Man's Wife (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

“The Rich Man’s Wife” is a thriller film released in 1996, directed by Amy Holden Jones. The movie stars Halle Berry as Josie Potenza, Christopher McDonald as Tony Potenza, and Clive Owen as Jake Golden.

The story follows Josie Potenza, a young woman married to a wealthy and possessive businessman, Tony Potenza. Despite her luxurious lifestyle, Josie feels trapped and unhappy in her marriage. She becomes infatuated with a charming and mysterious stranger named Jake Golden, whom she meets by chance.

In a desperate attempt to escape her stifling marriage, Josie concocts a plan to fake her own kidnapping and demand a ransom from her husband. However, her scheme takes a dangerous turn when her fake kidnapping turns into a real one, and she becomes entangled in a web of deceit and betrayal.

As the police investigate the case, Josie must navigate a treacherous path, unsure whom she can trust and whether she will survive the dangerous game she has unwittingly become a part of.

“The Rich Man’s Wife” is known for its suspenseful storytelling and Halle Berry’s captivating performance as the lead character. The film delves into themes of betrayal, desire, and the consequences of actions driven by desperation.

The movie received mixed reviews from critics, but it has found a following among fans of psychological thrillers and suspenseful dramas.

“The Rich Man’s Wife” serves as a touchstone for viewers seeking a gripping and tense thriller that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats. It remains an engaging and intriguing film that explores the complexities of human relationships and the dark consequences of misguided decisions and actions.

Additional Details


  • Halle Berry: Josie Potenza
  • Peter Greene: Cole Wilson
  • Clive Owen: Jake Golden
  • Christopher McDonald: Tony Potenza
  • Frankie Faison: Detective Ron Lewis
  • Charles Hallahan: Detective Dan Fredricks
  • Clea Lewis: Nora Golden
  • Allan Rich: Bill Adolphe


  • Director: Amy Holden Jones
  • Producers: Julie Bergman Sender and Roger Birnbaum
  • Writer: Amy Holden Jones

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