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The Politician's Wife

4.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

"Brilliant" —The Boston Globe
"Splendidly wicked" —The New York Times
"Terrifically entertaining" —USA Today
"Enticing" —The Wall Street Journal

When the tabloids catch Conservative family-values politician Duncan Matlock (Trevor Eve, Waking the Dead) in an affair with an escort (Minnie Driver, Good Will Hunting), no one is more stunned than his devoted wife, Flora (Juliet Stevenson, The Hour, Bend It Like Beckham). Pressured by her husband, the party machinery, and even her father, Flora maintains a loyal façade at first. But in private, her anguish hardens into rage after erotic telephone tapes reveal the extent of Duncan's duplicity.

Best drama winner at the International Emmys® and the BAFTA awards, The Politician's Wife is "one of the best dramas the Masterpiece Theatre series has ever produced" (The Boston Globe).

Contains coarse language, nudity, and sexual violence

Special Features

BONUS Background essay by writer Paula Milne

SDH subtitles

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013
  • Run Time: 195 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BQXTCNQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,527 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Brits do this type of drama so well. I enjoyed it immensely and watched the entire presentation in one sitting. The writing and characterization is superb and casting was perfect. Before it was over, I saw the actors playing out a drama that was so realistic and true to life. As the levels of betrayal unfold we learn so many details that might have destroyed a lesser lady but Flora pulls off her answer to Duncan's deception by plotting the perfect revenge. After the details of Duncan's "other life" become known to Flora, I could envision her thoughts and reactions to each lie as the lies accumulated. The way she executes her plan is brilliant! You could almost see the wheels in her mind turning as knowledge comes to her piece by piece. Juliet Stephenson's portrayal of Flora is outstanding. Duncan was played to perfection by Trevor Eve as he underestimates his wife and leads his double life. I think the underlying theme of this drama is never, ever think you know another person so well that you can't be fooled. I recommend this with five stars but I don't have to actually see sexual relations to take place as these actions can be alluded to without the visuals.
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Absolutely loved this three-part series when it aired on UK's Channel 4 in 1995 and was delighted to find it from Acorn at well over half the price of the PBS dvd (which is also available from Amazon Prime.) This Acorn dvd has the complete UK broadcast edition of 195 minutes not the shortened version PBS showed on Masterpiece Theatre. It has a 'play all' feature, SDH subtitles and a bonus background essay by the author, Paula Milne.
Juliet Stevenson is perfectly cast as the wronged wife and the talented Trevor Eve ('Kidnap and Ransom', 'Waking. The Dead') is a superb slimy politician. It's easy to see why this won both the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and the International Emmy awards for best drama. It's as relevant today as it was 20 years ago and, unfortunately, will be probably be credible 20 years from now.
This is one series not to be missed; it's on par with both the UK and US 'House of Cards' and the BBC's 2013 'The Politician's Husband' (also written by Paula Milne and starring David Tennant and Emily Watson.)
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My wife is a BIG fan of The Good Wife and I suspected after reading up on the plot that this was likely the inspiration for the CBS series The Good Wife. Watching reminded us that nothing much has changed since the Boleyn days and all the shenanigans that go on in the royal quarters, My wife is very astute about these matters and early in the first episode had surmised the outcome and that is to be expected, she is a clinical psychologist. It's a good story and even though Minnie Driver was a hit around this time with Good Will Hunting, she was really a minor player in this drama.
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How many times have news headlines featured sex scandals involving high level politicians? Exactly. Too many to count. That makes THE POLITICIAN’S WIFE timely, important and relevant.

While not entirely successful due to an at times obvious anti-Conservative bias, this superb production takes a familiar scenario and turns it on its ear. By focusing on the wronged wife’s perspective, writer Paula Milne injects new life into what could have been a heavy-handed tirade against the abuses of power.

Walking a fine line between condemning blatant hypocrisy and asserting the producers’ apparent political views, THE POLITICIAN’S WIFE works best when it takes you inside the mind and swirling emotions of Juliet Stevenson’s Flora. Her emotional breakdown is both heart-breaking and fascinating and her subsequent course of action (read Revenge) is alternately satisfying, disastrous and unexpectedly life-changing. Flora’s thoroughly rotten adulterer husband is made palatable simply by being played by Trevor Eve, a likeable actor who is unafraid to take tremendous risks with this role. One wonders how often he was recognized in public after the initial broadcast and told off, in no uncertain terms, by some formerly adoring fan (it happens).

Probably the most remarkable aspect of THE POLITICIAN’S WIFE is how it analyzes the whole concept of Betrayal. There are other themes as well, including hypocrisy, honour, morality, etc. But the anatomy of betrayal has rarely been better portrayed. Eve’s Duncan is a man so wholly convinced of his own destiny that his sense of entitlement is astounding. He relies so completely on his wife (she even cuts his toenails for him when he’s in the bath) and yet his reprehensible act of betrayal is somehow justified in his own mind.
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This is possibly the best suspense film since The Sting. Its exceptionally well plotted story of betrayal and revenge. Perhaps the finest 'touch" is the way the character sustains and feeds her sense of betrayal to sustain her on the long and patient path to the final act. I saw the updated one, the Politician's husband. It lacked the power and intensity of this original
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This one may be fiction but we've seen true life philandering politicians and even hoped we'd see some retaliation from the wife. This wife suffers meekly initially but gathers her wits as the handlers try to control her.
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