An Ideal HusbandDirector: Oliver Parker, Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, Jeremy Northam
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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- Walt Disney Video
Cast & Crew
|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|
|John Wood||Earl of Caversham|
|Richard Hewitt||Asst. Director|
|Nicky Kentish Barnes||Co-producer|
|Caroline Harris||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Andrea Calderwood||Executive Producer|
|Ralph Kamp||Executive Producer|
|Susan B. Landau||Executive Producer|
|Michael Howells||Production Designer|
|Charlie Mole||Score Composer|
|Peter Lindsay||Sound/Sound Designer|
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This period piece is based on an Oscar Wilde play set in the late 1800's. The plot revolves around whether a government minister (Northam), an honorable man with a secret in his past, will succumb to blackmail. The suspense is beautifully maintained. There are several intriguing subplots, and best of all, the "Ideal Husband" proves to be the person one would least expect. The cast is wonderful. How can you go wrong with Jeremy Northam, Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, Julianne Moore and Rupert Everett all in the same movie?? Moore makes a delightful schemer, and Rupert Everett is a charming, apparently self-absorbed ne'er-do-well nobleman. Their verbal duels are a highlight in a film full of wonderful witty dialogue. This is not for women only. My husband and my kids, now in their 20's, all really enjoy this movie -- and still periodically pull it out for the pleasure of watching it once again.
This is a funny movie and great for romance and romantic comedy lovers.
I have a fairly extensive collection of older movies and prefer their quality and style over most of the new movies that are being released. I must say that this movie is an exception for me - it is truly enjoyable and definitely in a class above the rest. The actors and actresses are all excellent and the costumes and settings are beautifully done. The plot line is very simple and easy to follow with lots of humor and intelligence. The script is romantic but not corny or trite. The cast all seem to be connected with their roles and it is not overdone or phony. A truly light-hearted yet interesting movie to watch.
English period piece more reminiscent of classic Noel Coward stage comedies. The dialog between Rupert Everett and Minnie Driver is fast paced and very dry. This movie doesnt look down upon the viewer, but instead expects the viewer to have the intelligence to find the subtleties in the comedy