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Director:
Writers:
Oscar Wilde (play)
Oliver Parker (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 June 1999 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He just doesn't know it yet.
Plot:
Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

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Directed by
Oliver Parker 
 
Writing credits
Oscar Wilde (play)

Oliver Parker (screenplay)

Produced by
Nicky Kentish Barnes .... co-producer
Andrea Calderwood .... executive producer
Bruce Davey .... producer
Uri Fruchtmann .... producer
Ralph Kamp .... executive producer
Susan B. Landau .... executive producer
Barnaby Thompson .... producer
Paul Tucker .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Charlie Mole 
 
Cinematography by
David Johnson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Guy Bensley 
 
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
 
Production Design by
Michael Howells 
 
Art Direction by
Rod McLean 
 
Set Decoration by
Katie Lee 
 
Costume Design by
Caroline Harris 
 
Makeup Department
Tamsin Dorling .... hair stylist
Paul Gooch .... chief hair stylist
Peter King .... hair designer
Peter King .... makeup designer
Veronica McAleer .... makeup artist (as Veronica Brebner)
Jamie Pritchard .... hair stylist
Kirstie Stanway .... hair stylist
Liz Tagg .... key makeup artist (as Elizabeth Tagg)
Lucy Willis .... crowd make-up
 
Production Management
Jo Farr .... unit production manager
Waldo Roeg .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Hewitt .... assistant director
Marshall Leviten .... crowd assistant director
Matthew Penry-Davey .... third assistant director
Toby Sherborne .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Simon Alderton .... stand-by rigger
Mark Brady .... stand-by carpenter
Graham Caulfield .... drapesmaster
Steve Fitzwater .... assistant construction manager
Joanna Foley .... art department assistant
Colin Gray .... dressing props
Elli Griff .... stand-by art director
Peter Hooper .... prop man
Nick Milner .... stand-by props
Steve Payne .... dressing props
Julie Philpott .... assistant art director
Graeme Purdy .... property master
Malcolm Roberts .... construction manager
Bob Sherwood .... dressing props
Alfie Smith .... chargehand stand-by prop
Jim Staines .... storyboard artist
Lucinda Sturgis .... property buyer
Graham Weames .... supervising carpenter
 
Sound Department
Christopher Ackland .... sound effects editor (as Chris Ackland)
Peter Burgis .... foley artist
Andie Derrick .... foley artist
Mark DeSimone .... adr engineer
Steve Finn .... sound assistant (as Stephen Finn)
Susan French .... assistant sound editor (as Sue French)
Max Hoskins .... supervising sound editor
Peter Lindsay .... sound
Miriam Ludbrook .... foley editor
Mike Prestwood Smith .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Adrian Rhodes .... sound re-recording mixer
Malcolm Rose .... sound maintenance
Steve Hancock .... sound technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Angus Cameron .... digital effects supervisor
Antony Hunt .... visual effects supervisor
Daniel Pettipher .... digital artist
Andy Stevens .... visual effects camera assistant: Millfilm
Max Dennison .... digital matte artist (uncredited)
Rick Mietkowski .... visual effects supervision/photography (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Appleby .... key grip
Alex Bailey .... still photographer
Robert Binnall .... focus puller
Kevin Brookner .... video assist
Matthew Butler .... electrician
Peter Chester .... best boy
Martin Kenzie .... camera operator
Robert Palmer .... clapper loader
Aaron Walters .... electrician
Gavin Walters .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Alex Johnson .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emily Bradbury .... assistant costume designer
Katherine Burchill .... costume assistant
Lee Clayton .... tailor
Ali Goss .... costume supervisor
Joe Hobbs .... wardrobe master
Melissa Layton .... costume assistant
Marcus Love-McGuirk .... costume master
Georgina Napier .... costume assistant
Marnie Ormiston .... costume assistant
Rupert Steggle .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Tania Blunden .... post-production (as Tania Windsor Blunden)
Mike Fraser .... negative cutter
Steve Harrow .... post-production consultant
Steve Mercer .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... conductor
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator
John Bell .... additional orchestrator
James Seymour Brett .... music co-producer
Matt Dunkley .... music preparation
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Michael Higham .... music editor
Nick Ingman .... conductor
Nick Ingman .... orchestrator
Michael Lustig .... music consultant
Eliza Thompson .... music supervisor
Mike Townend .... additional orchestrator
Bruce White .... viola
Gavyn Wright .... orchestra leader
Bjorn Ole Schroeder .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Ahrens .... assistant to executive producer
Jean Bourne .... script supervisor
Derek Boyes .... production runner
Phil Clarke .... production liaison
Simon Crawford Collins .... location manager
Teresa Darby .... location scout (as Teresa Hidalgo)
Mike Fraser .... rushes transfer
Lisa Grimes .... location assistant
Rachelle Gryn .... assistant: Oliver Parker
Muriel Gérard .... unit publicist
Erol Hunt .... production runner
John Kearney .... horse wrangler
Sarah Lee .... location supervisor
Sarah Lucraft .... production accountant
Judith Nora .... production assistant
Roger Phillips .... title designer
Asha Radwan .... assistant production coordinator
Mari Roberts .... floor runner
Jo Rogers .... assistant to producer (as Joanna Rogers)
Jo Rogers .... head of development
Bevan Walsh .... production runner
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for brief sensuality/nudity
Runtime:
97 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
The play attended by the characters in the movie is Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest." The tall, older man that addresses the audience from the stage at the end of the play represents Wilde who did in reality address the audience when his play first debuted.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Gertrude asks Lord Goring to accompany Mabel to the art exhibit, and then asks Mabel if she minds. When Mabel replies, you can see the reflection of Gertrude in the mirror behind Mabel. But you shouldn't be able to see Gertrude since she is seated during the entire scene.See more »
Quotes:
Lord Arthur Goring:There's somebody I want you to talk to.
Lord Caversham:What about?
Lord Arthur Goring:About me, sir.
Lord Caversham:Not a subject on which much eloquence is possible.
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
See it twice., 9 August 1999
Author: Curtize from Northern Virginia

An Ideal Husband - ****

In 19th Century London, Sir Robert Chiltern (Jeremy Northam,) is a successful member of parliament married to the virtuous, fabulously popular Lady Gertrud Chiltern (Cate Blanchett.) Sir Robert's sister Mabel (Minnie Driver) is infatuated with Sir Robert's friend, Lord Arthur Goring (Rupert Everett.) The dashing Lord Goring, the wealthy son of the Earl of Caversham, is an inveterate bachelor who lives a life of leisure. Into this already crowded picture drops Mrs. Laura Cheveley (Julianne Moore,) an Austrian socialite with two ex-husbands and a convoluted past. Not only was she briefly engaged to Lord Goring, but it seems that she possesses evidence that the noble Sir Robert once committed a terrible indiscretion. Mrs. Cheveley uses this explosive evidence in her attempt to blackmail Sir Robert into voting against his conscience on the floor of Parliament. What ensues is a fascinating examination of honor and idealism. We learn that the noble Sir Robert is less than perfect, while the rakish bachelor Lord Goring possesses a surprising level of honor and insight.

If Shakespeare in Love deserved an Oscar, this film deserves the Nobel Prize. It is simply outstanding in every respect. The first thing one notices is the dialogue. It is a bit stiff and stilted, as was the custom in London at the time, but it also possesses a razor sharp wit and sly sense of humor. Every last character speaks with intelligence and humor. The verbal fireworks, particularly as provided by Lord Goring, illuminate character and motivation while simultaneously producing guffaws from the audience. The plot structure is a marvel. There are no explosions, fireballs, or car chases, but the picture achieves a certain breathlessness simply through its intricate layering of multiple characters, all with intertwining motivations, interests, and connections with one another. A prime example of this is the scene in which poor Lord Goring receives multiple visitors at his home in a single night. All of the visitors have conflicts with one another, so Lord Goring must segregate them and move from room to room, listening to their problems and providing insights. The costumes and locations are all excellent. I particularly liked the manner in which Sir Robert's bright home is contrasted with Lord Goring's dark and cavernous bachelor pad. The one complaint I have is with the film's music; it seemed too light and frivolous, overplaying the "madcap shenanigans" element of the picture. But this is a minor quibble indeed.

The acting is first rate across the board. Jeremy Northam (yes, he could play James Bond) is well suited to the role of Sir Robert. He exudes intelligence, honor, and duty. Julianne Moore, as Mrs. Cheveley, seems to relish the conniving and scheming of her character. Cate Blanchett and Minnie Driver capably bring depth and intelligence to their limited roles. But the true star of the film is Rupert Everett as Lord Arthur Goring. Mr. Everett has had a promising career to this point, but An Ideal Husband is his breakout role. In this film he is witty, charming, caring, wise, devilish, and childish all at once. Lord Goring is the kind of man that makes women swoon and men flock around to hear funny stories. He reminded me of Cary Grant - only better. Someone give that man an Academy Award.

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