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The Affair of the Necklace (2001)

In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Kunz ...
Minister of Titles
Peter Eyre ...
Monsieur Bassenge
Frank McCusker ...
Abel Duphot
Simon Shackleton ...
Hermione Gulliford ...
Geoffrey Hutchings ...
President D'Aligre


Paris, 1786: a woman in court. The Crown murdered her father for his views about the poor, now Jeanne wants her home and good name back. She believes all can be set right if she can talk to the Queen, whose House Minister rebuffs her. With the help of a courtside gigolo, she learns to use what others desire to get what she wants. She needs a patron: with forged letters, she convinces Cardinal de Rohan she is the Queen's confidante and can help him regain royal favor. Jeanne conspires to have the Cardinal purchase a fabulous diamond necklace for the Queen. He delivers it to Jeanne for Marie Antoinette. If the scheme breaks down, what then? Might this affair spark revolution? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This summer, one woman wins..... See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 December 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Farlig intrig  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$125,523 (USA) (30 November 2001)


$430,313 (USA) (11 January 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Hilary Swank, Christopher Walken and Adrien Brody. See more »


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Narrator: Napoleon wrote that military blunders and domestic catastrophes fanned the flames of the French Revolution. But the cu-de-gras was a curious palace scandal involving woman of nobility denied, a member of the royal family, and the most magnificent string of jewels in all of Europe. This notorious intrigue came to be known as, L'affaire du Collier.
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Deception, Betrayal, and Diamonds
12 February 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Reading over the comments for this film, I'm surprised how many people disliked it. They harp because there are no accents, different accents, or partial accents. They complain about wooden acting. I'm wondering of somehow the world is cross-wired, since the film I saw had very fine acting, gorgeous costuming, and excellent period dialogue. I was pleased scriptwriters didn't dive into the vulgar, although some scenes (most particularly the actual bodice-ripping) did push the mark.

As a period film fan, I found this story not only exquisite but also fascinating. The plot is intelligent enough you don't have to check your brain at the door, unlike many other dramas. True, it's not completely historically accurate and they've made Jeanne la Motte much more likable and moral than she was, but that's the point of a MOVIE. It's NOT supposed to be reality, just a loose translation of a historical event. I found it worthwhile and watched it three times in a week... a rarity among films.

If you're not too snobby to put on your thinking cap, give it a go.

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