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An Ideal Husband (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 30 June 1999 (USA)
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London 1895: Cabinet minister, Sir Chiltern, and bachelor, Lord Goring, are victims of scheming women.

Director:

Oliver Parker

Writers:

Oscar Wilde (play), Oliver Parker (screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Vaughan ... Phipps
Rupert Everett ... Lord Goring
Minnie Driver ... Mabel
Cate Blanchett ... Gertrude
Ben Pullen ... Tommy Trafford
Marsha Fitzalan ... Countess
Julianne Moore ... Mrs Cheveley
Lindsay Duncan ... Lady Markby
Neville Phillips ... Mason
John Wood ... Lord Caversham
Jeremy Northam ... Sir Robert
Nickolas Grace ... Vicounte de Nanjac
Simon Russell Beale ... Sir Edward
Anna Patrick ... Miss Danvers
Delia Lindsay ... Lady Basildon
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Storyline

Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed. Sir Robert turns for help to his friend Lord Goring, an apparently idle philanderer and the despair of his father. Goring knows the lady of old, and, for him, takes the whole thing pretty seriously. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

He just doesn't know it yet.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief sensuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un esposo ideal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$192,802, 20 June 1999

Gross USA:

$18,542,974

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,542,974
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Rupert Everett starred in the film version of The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), the play they attended in the movie. See more »

Goofs

In the establishing shot for the scenes in the House of Commons, the Palace of Westminster is shown from Westminster bridge but the Ayrton light is not lit. Since 1885 when either house is sitting after nightfall a green light should be visible above the clock face. See more »

Quotes

Gertrude: The truth is, when I agreed to the story about the letter being intended for you and not for Arthur... well, the truth is... the truth is...
[whispers]
Gertrude: I lied.
[everyone laughs]
Gertrude: Oh, I need a drink!
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Crazy Credits

The credits list Oliver Parker, the director, as playing "Bunbury", one of the gentlemen that is seen playing cards with Lord Goring in the Men's Club when Lord Chiltern arrives. Bunbury is also a never-seen character in "The Importance of Being Earnest", the play which is performed in the background of several scenes of this film. See more »

Connections

Version of An Ideal Husband (1958) See more »

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Charming, clever, and contrived.
26 May 2001 | by =G=See all my reviews

"An Ideal Husband" is a charming though contrived little 19th century English period comedy with the subtly sardonic sense of humor typical of Oscar Wilde. The film, which deals with the politics of society first, the politics of the heart second, and the politics of the state last, features all the trappings of the period, a solid cast, and a clever script. An amusing and enjoyable watch for those into 19th century English period films.


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