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An Ideal Husband (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 30 June 1999 (USA)
Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed.... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed. Sir Robert turns for help to his friend Lord Goring, an apparently idle philanderer and the despair of his father. Goring knows the lady of old, and, for him, takes the whole thing pretty seriously. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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He just doesn't know it yet.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for brief sensuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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30 June 1999 (USA)  »

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Un esposo ideal  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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£492,309 (UK) (16 April 1999)

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$18,535,191 (USA) (1 October 1999)
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Trivia

When guests are being announced at the political party in the beginning of the movie, the name "Lord Windemere" is called. "Lady Windermere's Fan" is the title of another popular Oscar Wilde play dealing with sullied reputations. See more »

Goofs

The Speaker is shown calling MPs to speak by naming their constituency ("The Honourable Member for Witney" etc). British MPs do address each other in this way, but the Speaker calls MPs to speak by naming them personally. See more »

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Lord Arthur Goring: Shouldn't you be in bed, Miss Mabel?
Mabel: Lord Goring!
Lord Arthur Goring: My father always tells me to go to bed, so I don't see why I shouldn't give you the same advice. I always pass on good advice. It is the only sensible thing to do with it.
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Crazy Credits

The credits list Oliver Parker, the director, as playing "Bunbury", one of the gentlemen that is seen playing cards with Lord Goring in the Men's Club when Lord Chiltern arrives. Bunbury is also a never-seen character in "The Importance of Being Earnest", the play which is performed in the background of several scenes of this film. See more »

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Referenced in Film Club (2000) See more »

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Another 'modernisation' goes wrong.
28 November 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

One of the principal sources of humour in Wilde's plays comes from pricking at the inflated egos, pious humbug and ignorance of the upper classes. There is always a Wildean character to reverse a clicheed expression or invert conventional 'wisdom.' Unfortunately, by stripping most of his characters of their stiff formality and rigid social code, the writer and director have removed the butt of the joke and Wilde's comments on absurdity are left without a punchline. The attempt to work in anachronistic social relevance leaves us with a set of feeble characters who fall in love with each other for no obvious reason. Because Wilde's language has been sterilised the actors have to use mugging to express the personalities Wilde created. Result, a charmless and dated 'political' drama as credible as a Jeffery Archer novel. Gertrude is insecure and fretful where she should be smug and priggish- Mabel is arch where she should be caustic- Poor Oscar - gets no 'Oscar'!


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