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An Ideal Husband -- Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when lies and accusations reveal that the man thought to be perfect is flawed. The question remains: what makes an ideal husband?
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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:
civilized entertainment See more (131 total) »

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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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:
Factual errors: Several MPs including Lord Caversham are shown wearing top hats in Parliament. MPs didn't (and still don't) wear hats during a session of the House, unless they are raising a Point of Order while a vote is in progress.See more »
Quotes:
Gertrude:Yes, Arthur, it is Robert himself who wishes to retire from public life.
Lord Arthur Goring:Rather than risk losing your love, he would do anything. Has he not been punished enough?
Gertrude:We've both been punished. I set him up too high.
Lord Arthur Goring:Do not set him down now too low.
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
civilized entertainment, 25 January 2000
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

Based on the Oscar Wilde play of the same name, "An Ideal Husband" scores as a moderately entertaining drawing room comedy thanks to the elegance of its design and the performances of its first rate cast. Although it contains many elements of a classic Feydeau farce - comic misunderstandings, delicately timed missteps, hairbreadth missed encounters - the film lacks the kinetic energy necessary to allow these elements to completely shine through. Instead, we are treated to a more laid back, more traditionally British interpretation of the events. Indeed, the real charm of the film lies in its sharp observation of British gentility thinly disguising the often honey-tongued brutality lying just below the placid surface of this society. No one smiles more sincerely or maintains such immense social poise while slicing one's opponents to shreds than the elite of England - and this quality director Oliver Parker captures in complete fidelity to Wilde's overall vision.

Jeremy Northam portrays a highly respected and happily married member of the House of Commons who is suddenly confronted with a moral dilemma: should he allow a blackmailer to expose an egregiously immoral action in his past, thereby ensuring the ruination of both his career and his marriage, or should he go along with the blackmailer's demands and publicly support a cause he knows to be highly unethical and injurious to both his people and his nation? Julianne Moore portrays the woman who waltzes suddenly into his life and attempts to threaten him into supporting a doomed canal project to protect her own financial investment. Rupert Everett also stars as a confirmed bachelor who manages to become intricately involved in everyone's affairs.

The film succeeds most when it concentrates on the stuffiness of the stiff-upper-lipped British tradition juxtaposed to the single-minded viciousness of the Moore character. She delivers a delightful interpretation of an amoral woman utilizing cruelty to achieve her desired ends, fitting perfectly into a morally topsy-turvy world which feasts on scandal and the ruination of its own members, yet where a mismatched tea set stands as the ultimate in moral turpitude. Wilde, on the other end of the morality spectrum, also subtly jabs at the unrealistic obsession with virtue in the character of Northam's impossibly pure wife (Cate Blanchett); she erects so high a moral pedestal for her husband to stand upon that it is only after she has been caught in a moral infraction herself that the world these characters inhabit can come back into any sort of balance.

The film is probably least effective when trying to cope with the complex interweaving and overlapping of the characters and their situations. Packer simply does not provide the manic energy and chaotic pacing necessary to make such plot mechanics soar on screen. As a result, "An Ideal Husband" is more likable as a genteel British comedy of manners than the unbridled drawing room farce it seems so often to want to be. Still, this is a film to be savored and enjoyed on many levels.

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