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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:
Good, but it could have been great 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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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
When Mrs. Chevely discover's Gertrude's letter, it is laying atop a yellow book with an Aubrey Beardsley illustration on the cover. This is apparently a copy of The Yellow Book, which was a Victorian magazine of sorts. When Oscar Wilde was arrested on charges of sodomy in 1895, he was carrying what appeared to be The Yellow Book, and because of this association, the publication was ruined.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Arthur's father arrives just as he is leaving for the art exhibition, the camera hits a large vase of orange flowers as it moves to the right, causing them to flutter and move.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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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Good, but it could have been great, 6 July 1999
Author: Jim Corrigan from Newton, MA

If I weren't so lazy, I would have checked the original play to see if my favorite line from the movie was in it:

Goring's father: I use nothing but my common sense. Goring: So my mother tells me.

Even if was concocted for the film, that line still contains the essence of Wilde and the essence of all modern British humor, for which, I should say, I'm a major sucker. While watching An Ideal Husband, I didn't object to the lack of suspense as long as Rupert Everett was working his way around those Wilde lines, which he does as well as anyone I've ever heard.

I used to think Stephen Fry was Wilde on earth, but Fry is something wonderfully different -- Everett is Wilde on earth, or at least the actor that Wilde should have had around to deliver those lines when he wrote them. I first saw Everett in The Madness of King George, for which he put on weight. Every review of that film mentioned this; I thought the attention excessive, but when I saw him lying shirtless in a sauna, I understood. The man is, shall we say, cut. I can only imagine the effect of that scene on straight women or gay men -- probably something akin to the effect Greta Scacchi's "I think we're alone now" smile at the end of The Coca-Cola Kid has on me.

An Ideal Husband is full of good performances, with one glaring exception: the usually great Julianne Moore. Her scenes are curiously leaden, and Parker -- whose fault this may be -- has the camera linger over her as though the exposure will convince us how evil she is. The one exception is her scene with Everett, which has a real "Will he sleep with the enemy?" tension. It may be that Moore was just outclassed by the Brits, who are born to this stuff.

Cate Blanchett, whom I've seen in three movies, two of which were British period pieces, continues to amaze me with her range.

The unsung hero of the movie is Jeremy Northam, who takes a thankless role -- the man in the play who isn't the Oscar Wilde figure -- and makes it emotionally compelling. He is responsible for the play's only real suspense and emotion, since the rest is word games, more or less.

All of which leads me to blame the production's shortcomings on its writer/director, Oliver Parker. He seems to have squandered an outstanding cast. The play's final scene is played as a series of French scenes -- a film term for a series of different scenes in the same location -- and this kills any momentum that scene might have had.

Three out of four stars, I say, which makes it better than 90% of the movies out there.

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