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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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To avenge the murder of her family, one woman's passion for justice will bring down an empire..... See more »


Drama | History | Romance

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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Aspect Ratio:

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


[first lines]
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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Allegro from Sonata
Op. 1 nr. 11 in F Major
Written by George Frideric Handel (as G.F. Handel)
Arranged by Gary Shocker
Courtesy of Chesky Records and Manhattan Production Music
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The Affair of the Necklace
1 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

This was a movie I had always had a slight interest in seeing and never gotten around to it, then I eventually forced myself to rent it and I must say I really did enjoy it. For all the history buffs this is not a movie for them, but if you really just sit down and watch without analyzing every detail it is very enjoyable. The plot is very interesting and interwoven and for the most part the cast does an excellent job. My only exception was unfortunately Hilary Swank. I have always loved Hilary Swank, but she didn't seem to have a clear understanding of what she wanted to portray with Jeanne. Jonathan Pryce was absolutely fantastic as the cardinal. He conveyed a danger that was very subtle yet frightening at the same time. The costumes were amazing, and I was very happy to see some scenes actually shot in "The Hall of Mirrors." Charles Shyer didn't blow me away with his directing style and some shots seemed uneven and out of place, but it was in no way distracting. Overall, it's a movie that doesn't necessarily require you to think very much, but it is still enjoyable. I'd recommend it for a lazy afternoon next chance you get.

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