Ideal Husband

Ideal Husband

4.4 9
Director: Oliver Parker

Cast: Oliver Parker, Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, Jeremy Northam

     
 

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A romantic and sentimental comedy set at the turn of the 19th century, An Ideal Husband delves into themes of love, passion, and betrayal among the aristocracy. Sir Robert Chiltern (Jeremy Northam), a brilliant politician and a perfect gentleman, is the ideal husband for the charming Lady Chiltern (Cate Blanchett). They have a widely envied marriage untilSee more details below

Overview

A romantic and sentimental comedy set at the turn of the 19th century, An Ideal Husband delves into themes of love, passion, and betrayal among the aristocracy. Sir Robert Chiltern (Jeremy Northam), a brilliant politician and a perfect gentleman, is the ideal husband for the charming Lady Chiltern (Cate Blanchett). They have a widely envied marriage until charming Mrs. Cheveley (Julianne Moore) appears with the intention of revealing a dark secret from Chiltern's past. When his world seems to be falling apart, Chiltern turns to his lifelong friend Lord Arthur Goring (Rupert Everett), the most eligible bachelor in town. Goring soon finds himself caught up in a web of lies, temptations, and secret liaisons. Furthermore, the persistent charms of Sir Robert's sister Mabel (Minnie Driver) are becoming a serious threat to his much-cherished bachelorhood. Using political intrigue and clever wit, An Ideal Husband draws a picture of a society struggling with issues still valid today.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Though sometimes indifferently directed by Oliver Parker, this adaptation of the popular Oscar Wilde play is frothy and enjoyable, with Rupert Everett perfectly cast as the bon mot-spouting likeness of Mr. Wilde. Everett seems born to deliver the writer's choicest quips and has an undeniable sex appeal that makes him "ideal" for the lead role. The relatively brief running time denotes a certain slightness (many of the meatier sections have been excised) and many of the more farcical elements appear strained, but the inventive casting more than compensates, with a tart Julianne Moore and a wonderfully wistful Cate Blanchett standing out in the rich supporting cast. Michael Howells' sumptuous production design is another strong point, effectively creating the 1890s with a healthy attention to detail. The film misses much of Wilde's more acrid sensibilities, but keeps his spirit most undeniably alive.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2011
UPC:
0096009785192
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Miramax Echo Bridge
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:37:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rupert Everett Lord Arthur Goring
Julianne Moore Mrs. Laura Cheveley
Jeremy Northam Sir Robert Chiltern
Cate Blanchett Lady Gertrud Chiltern
Minnie Driver Mabel Chiltern
Lindsay Duncan Lady Markby
Jeroen Krabbé Baron Arnheim
Ben Pullen Tommy
Peter Vaughan Phipps
John Wood Earl of Caversham

Technical Credits
Oliver Parker Director,Screenwriter
Oscar Wilde Author
Richard Hewitt Asst. Director
Celestia Fox Casting
David Johnson Cinematographer
Nicky Kentish Barnes Co-producer
Paul Tucker Co-producer
Caroline Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Guy Bensley Editor
Andrea Calderwood Executive Producer
Ralph Kamp Executive Producer
Susan B. Landau Executive Producer
Peter King Makeup
Bruce Davey Producer
Uri Fruchtman Producer
Barnaby Thompson Producer
Michael Howells Production Designer
Charlie Mole Score Composer
Peter Lindsay Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Logos [:32]
2. Morning Commentary [1:14]
3. A Ride in the Park [:44]
4. Getting Ready [:15]
5. The Chilterns' Party [1:42]
6. Mrs. Cheveley's Proposition [:02]
7. "Not My Day for Talking Seriously" [:51]
8. Mrs. Cheveley Makes Her Move [4:48]
9. Talk of Marriage [:20]
10. Secrets and Indiscretions [2:56]
11. Some Good Advice [4:23]
12. "You Have Been an Ideal" [:29]
13. Robert Sends His Answer [1:07]
14. Robert's Secret [1:55]
15. Arthur Ties to Help [2:03]
16. A Telling Tea Party [1:45]
17. A Game of Musical Rooms [:54]
18. Laura and Arthur Make a Wager [:41]
19. Robert Does the Right Thing [1:49]
20. Still More Schemes [4:31]
21. Mrs. Cheveley Says Goodbye [1:21]
22. Gertrude's Letter [3:03]
23. Second Palm Tree on the Right [2:39]
24. A Seat in the Cabinet [3:57]
25. A Proposal for Miss Mabel [3:02]
26. Finally, The Truth Be Told [2:51]
27. An Ideal Husband [3:40]
28. End Credits [2:20]

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