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Mrs Dalloway (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 20 February 1998 (USA)
In 1923 London, socialite Clarissa Dalloway's well-planned party is overshadowed by the return of an old suitor she had known 33 years earlier.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Badel ...
Lady Rosseter
Richard Dalloway
Young Richard
Hugh Whitbread
Hal Cruttenden ...
Young Hugh
Rezia Warren Smith
Lady Bruton
Sir William Bradshaw
Lady Bradshaw


London, summer 1923. Clarissa, MP Richard Dalloway's wife, sets out on a beautiful morning; she's shopping for flowers for her party that evening. At the same time Septimus Warren Smith, a young man who survived the battlefields of Europe, is suffering from a nightmarish delayed-onset form of shell-shock. Clarissa's nearly-grown daughter is distant, and preoccupied. In the course of one day, Peter, Clarissa's passionate old suitor, returns from India and is invited to her party; Septimus commits suicide; Clarissa relives a day in her youth (and her reasons for her choice of a life with the reliable Richard Dalloway). Written by Eileen Berdon <eberdon@aol.com>

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for emotional elements and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$90,127, 22 February 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,263,672, 21 June 1998
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1.85 : 1
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Last film of Phyllis Calvert. See more »


In the flashback scenes with the younger actors, Peter is slightly taller than Clarissa. When they dance together at the party, he is considerably shorter than her. See more »


[first lines]
Septimus Warren Smith: [shouting] Edwards! Don't come!
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Just a Song at Twilight
Composed by J.L. Molloy (as James Molloy) and G. Clifton Bingham (as Clifton Bingham)
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5 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

Like most of Virginia Woolf's literary output, I appreciated the film-version of "Mrs. Dalloway" more than I enjoyed it. There are flashes of blinding beauty in this movie, however, the film's "sum" is not equal to its "parts". Of course, Vanessa Redgrave continues to astound me with her talent. And ---yes, the film is beautifully made and attention to period detail is evident. And --- yes, parts of the story are very heart-rending. Yet.... why does this film satisfy me but not move me? Like a guest at one of Mrs. Dalloway's parties, I am more impressed with the effort that went into the production than the product itself.

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