The Serpent's Kiss (1997)

R  |   |  Drama  |  11 December 1998 (Portugal)
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Young Dutch landscape architect Meneer Chrome comes to a remote English estate where Thomas Smithers lives with his wife, Juliana. Smithers is determined to leave as his legacy a fabulous ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Meneer Chrome
Thomas Smithers
James Fitzmaurice
Thea / Anna
Mr. Galmoy
Britta Smith ...
Mrs. Galmoy
Susan Fitzgerald ...
Mistress Clevely
Rúaidhrí Conroy ...
Physician's Assistant
Henry King ...
Lead Reaper
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Byrne ...
Garden Boy
Caimin Danaher ...
Garden Boy


Young Dutch landscape architect Meneer Chrome comes to a remote English estate where Thomas Smithers lives with his wife, Juliana. Smithers is determined to leave as his legacy a fabulous garden, to be carved from a wild patch of land beside his home. Chrome receives written instructions from his unseen master via a secretary, and the master is Juliana's cousin, Fitzmaurice, who had romance with Juliana when they were young and plans to make Thomas bankrupt via setting up extravagant garden and to make Juliana come back to him. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 December 1998 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

A kígyó csókja  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Never theatrically released in the UK. See more »


Thea: It's so undignified... lying on your back with your legs spread out.
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References The Draughtsman's Contract (1982) See more »

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3 July 2001 | by (Washington, USA) – See all my reviews

Like most period pieces, The Serpent's Kiss is long and seemingly drawn out to the average modern day movie goer. However, when it comes to the very core and heart of a movie, (its story and the actors that portray it,) everything is well thought out and enjoyable to watch. Just make sure you are not particularly tired and are up to watching the movie intently. Very surprising, and what makes the movie enjoyable-I might add, is that at the very beginning you find yourself caught in a intriguing plot which slowly unfolds to the unveiling of each character's real motives. Although there are no twist or turns, that would make it suspenseful the movie's full captivator lies in its puzzle piece of a story. Each scene has a plethora of knowledge and insight that proves at times to be quite the delightful opposite of what each character says. Yet, make no mistake, I definitely recommend this movie to anyone with patience and an infatuation for well written, fully understandable stories with moral meaning. If none of this is important to you, however, I would still recommended it. If only on the basis that Ewan McGregor's acting is something to watch intently and eagerly. Catching every detailed moment of his portrayal will leave an impression on even the more action driven movie goer.

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