Angels and Insects (1995)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  26 January 1996 (USA)
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In the 1800s a naturalist marries into a family of British aristocrats.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Adamson
Matty Crompton
Eugenia Alabaster Adamson
Sir Harald Alabaster
Edgar Alabaster
Lady Alabaster
Miss Mead
Saskia Wickham ...
Rowena Alabaster
Lindsay Thomas ...
Lady Alabaster's Maid
Michelle Sylvester ...
Margaret Alabaster
Clare Lovell ...
Elaine Alabaster
Jenny Lovell ...
Edith Alabaster
Oona Haas ...
Alice Alabaster
Angus Hodder ...
Guy Alabaster


The movie is a study of an aristocratic family in the Victorian England. William Adamson, a young scientist, is introduced into the aristocratic family Alabaster by reverend Alabaster who is also fascinated by insects. William marries the older daughter of the family and studies the amounts of insects in the garden of the villa. His - for the aristocrats - strange behaviours reveal at the same time their own failures and passions. Written by Volker Boehm

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An Elegant Seduction. An Erotic Deception. A Stunning Revelation.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Des anges et des insectes  »

Box Office


$5,304,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


William and Matty both cast at least three shadows on the door, despite being only lit by a single candle. See more »


Mr. William Adamson: Whom can I tell that I should not destroy in the telling.
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Featured in The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997) See more »

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This is an exceptional movie...
19 February 2000 | by (the lower depths) – See all my reviews

Angels and Insects is one of the most visually stunning movies I have ever seen but every bit of the immense beauty & luxury that is on the screen contributes to the sense & definition of exquisite excess that is so ingrained in the Alabasters' way of life. If one imagines this movie as a 1940s Hollywood effort, perhaps starring Olivier & Fontaine, ala Rebecca, then one must really appreciate the subtly shaded performances. I have never seen better acting onscreen, especially in the performances of Rylance & Thomas. And all the interplay of idea & emotion, science & passion, objectivity & subjectivity, so rarely transferable from print to film are so brilliantly achieved here. Hey, even the sex scenes are among the best I've ever viewed.

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