An Ideal Husband

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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 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...
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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 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2011
  • UPC: 096009785192
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Miramax Echo Bridge
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD

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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Menu

Side #1
   Captions
      English for the Hearing Impaired
      None
   Bonus Materials
      Featurette
      Film Recommendations
   Play
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    An Ideal movie to watch!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Love it, great flick, great price.

    This is a funny movie and great for romance and romantic comedy lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful characters and dialogue

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ideal Husband is an Ideal Movie

    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

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