This is a pretty straight-forward domestic abuse drama like
we've seen for years on Lifetime, but they try to make it very mysterious so you
only see parts in flashback and don't really know what happened until near the
end. Frankly, I found the end a bit disappointing. I guess because it's based on
reality, they tried to keep it simple.
Rose McGowan does a great job starring as Mary, the pastor's wife. She and her
husband seem to have a perfect marriage and family, but of course they don't. We
only see that he is a little domineering, at first. She seems very nervous and
upset, but we don't know why. Later on, she kills him, and then the rest of the
movie is about her trial and the secrets that come out about her life.
All of the performances are very good. Michael Shanks, one of my favorite
actors, plays the pastor. He is not in the movie very much, though, and we never
find out much about why he acts the way he does, or why she stayed with him for
13 years (She clearly loves him, despite everything, but still...), or how they
managed to hide it all so well. I want to know more!
There is a lot of good music played in the background, and I enjoyed that. This
is an entertaining way to spend a few hours, don't get me wrong. I just wish
there were more to it.
Rose McGowan Headlines Lifetime Original Movie "The Pastor's
Wife" - Based on a True Story, Film to Premiere November 5, 2011
Michael Shanks also stars in the project, which is based on the non-fiction book
by Dianne Fanning.
ROSE MCGOWAN HEADLINES LIFETIME ORIGINAL MOVIE THE PASTOR'S WIFE
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 14, 2011) - Lifetime is set to premiere
the original movie The Pastor's Wife, starring Rose McGowan (Conan the
Barbarian, Nip Tuck) and Michael Shanks (Smallville, Burn Notice) in a film
about the shotgun slaying of a small town minister and revelations of his dark
secrets involving sex, lies and betrayal -- shocking his God-fearing community
and changing it forever. The Pastor's Wife will debut on Saturday, November 5,
at 8 pm ET/PT.
Based on a true story that made national headlines, The Pastor's
Wife centers on the 2006 death of Matthew Winkler (Shanks), a beloved minister
and community leader who was mysteriously shot and killed in his Selmer,
Tennessee, home. During their investigation, the authorities soon zero in on
Matthew's wife, Mary (McGowan), as the crime's prime suspect. But why would
Mary, a dutiful preacher's wife and young mother of three girls, kill her
husband? During her trial, shocking secrets about her relationship with Matthew
are exposed, answering the disturbing questions many are asking about what
really went on behind the closed doors of this "perfect family."
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
Based on the non-fiction book by Dianne Fanning, The Pastor's
Wife is produced by Preacher Road Productions Ltd. and Front Street Pictures,
with Gerald W. Abrams (Nuremburg, Four Minutes), Mike Moran, Juliet Smith and
Harvey Kahn (Girl Fight) executive producing. Norma Bailey (Too Late to Say
Goodbye) directs a screenplay written by Robert L. Freedman (Life with Judy
Garland: Me and My Shadows).
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