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Release Date:
30 November 2001 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
This summer, one woman wins..... See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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A ...NECKLACE Made of Both True Gems and Fabulous Fakes See more (59 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hilary Swank ... Jeanne St. Remy de Valois

Jonathan Pryce ... Cardinal Louis de Rohan

Simon Baker ... Rétaux de Vilette

Adrien Brody ... Count Nicolas De La Motte

Brian Cox ... Minister Breteuil

Joely Richardson ... Marie-Antoinette

Christopher Walken ... Count Cagliostro

Hayden Panettiere ... Young Jeanne
Simon Kunz ... Minister of Titles

Paul Brooke ... Monsieur Bohmer
Peter Eyre ... Monsieur Bassenge
Frank McCusker ... Abel Duphot
Simon Shackleton ... Louis XVI
Hermione Gulliford ... Nicole Leguay d'Oliva
Geoffrey Hutchings ... President D'Aligre
James Vaughan ... Magistrate Titon
Jonathan Newth ... Magistrate de Marce
Kristina Bill ... Irène de Valois

James Larkin ... Darnell de Valois

Diana Quick ... Madame Pomfré
Helen Masters ... Madame Campan
Victoria Shalet ... Colleen

Christophe Paou ... Pierre Charron
Michel D'Oz ... Marquis de Favras (as Michael D'Oz)
Donna Flandrin ... Dowager in Boat
Liz Baker ... Dowager in Boat
Dick Brannick ... Gamekeeper

Daisy Bevan ... The Princess Royal
Thomas Dodgson-Gates ... The Dauphin
Caroline Loncq ... Madame de Largo
Illona Linthwaite ... Madame Briffault
Miranda Pleasence ... Rosalie
John Grillo ... Dr. Legear
Mélodie Berenfeld ... Mademoiselle Subur

Ben Miles ... Baron Courchamps
Niky Wardley ... Madame de Neiss
Bill Thomas ... Tailor
Emma Wride ... Tailor's Daughter
Stephen Noonan ... Camille Desmoulins

Emma Pike ... Mademoiselle in Pink
William Chubb ... Gendarme
Hallie Meyers-Shyer ... Demonstrating Girl
Jocelyn Linder ... Angry Demonstrator
John Comer ... Angry Demonstrator (as John Commer)
Angus Wright ... Sanson
Christopher Logue ... Sir Hargrave

Cate Fowler ... Lady Standish
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Skye McCole Bartusiak ... Dove (scenes deleted)
Eva Aichmajerová ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Shyer 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John Sweet (written by)

Produced by
Stacey Attanasio .... co-producer
Kira Davis .... co-producer
Nigel Goldsack .... associate producer
Broderick Johnson .... producer
Andrew A. Kosove .... producer
Nava Levin .... line producer: additional shoot
Redmond Morris .... producer
Charles Shyer .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Ashley Rowe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David Moritz 
 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Mark Bennett 
Billy Hopkins 
Suzanne Smith 
 
Production Design by
Alex McDowell 
 
Art Direction by
Jean-Michel Ducourty 
Jean-Michel Hugon (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Philippe Turlure 
 
Costume Design by
Milena Canonero 
 
Makeup Department
Claudia Bianchi .... hair stylist: Prague
Angela Bolli .... hair stylist: Prague
Jana Carboni .... assistant makeup artist
Iole Cecchini .... hair stylist
Desideria Corridoni .... hair stylist
Maria Teresa Corridoni .... supervising hair stylist
Paolo Franceschi .... hair stylist
Alberta Giuliani .... hair stylist
Isabella Gonzalez .... hair stylist: Prague
Enrico Iacoponi .... makeup artist
Carla Indoni .... hair stylist: Prague
Vincenzo Mastrantonio .... makeup artist (as Enzo Mastrantonio)
Mario Michisanti .... key makeup artist
Radek Petr .... makeup assistant: Prague
Frantisek Prihoda .... makeup assistant: Prague
Zdena Prohliková .... hair stylist: Prague (as Zdena Prchlikova)
Barry Richardson .... hair stylist: Prague
Gino Tamagnini .... key makeup artist
Laura Tonello .... assistant makeup artist
Eva Ungrová-Malíková .... hair stylist: Prague (as Eva Ungrova)
Monika Fischer-Vorauer .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Pamela Roth .... makeup artist: Los Angeles tests (uncredited)
Zoe Tahir .... dailies hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Sandrine Ageorges .... unit manager: Paris
Brad Arensman .... post-production supervisor
Jean-Pierre Avice .... production manager: Paris
Jana Hrbková .... unit manager: Prague (as Jana Hrbkova)
John Kay .... production manager: Prague
Ales Komárek .... production supervisor: Prague (as Ales Komarek)
Petr Moravec .... production supervisor: Prague
Ondrej Nerud .... production manager: Prague
Jan Unger .... unit manager: second unit, Prague
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Campi-Lemaire .... second assistant director: Paris
Michel Cheyko .... first assistant director (as Mishka Cheyko)
Yann Cuinet .... third assistant director: Paris
Roman Fara .... second assistant director: Prague
Richard Graysmark .... second assistant director
Alice Ronovska .... first assistant director: Prague
Nick Shuttleworth .... co-third assistant director
Alex Streeter .... third assistant director
Marie Rolindes .... third assistant director: Paris (uncredited)
Adrian Toynton .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Les Andrews .... stand-by props
Jakub Berdych .... stand-by painter: Prague
Matthieu Beutter .... assistant art director: Prague
Mark Lambert Bristol .... key storyboard artist (as Mark Bristol)
Miroslav Buberle .... props: Prague
Stepan Cerveny .... assistant construction manager: Prague
Benoît Clémenceau .... props buyer (as Benoit Clemenceau)
Miluse Doubravova .... props coordinator: Prague
Miluse Doubravova .... props interpreter: Prague
Alain Dufrenoy .... chief painter
Jaromir Franta .... scenic artist: Prague
Ian Fryer .... storeperson
Jean-Paul Gaillot .... chief construction: Paris
Denis Gambs .... chief carpenter: Paris
Christophe Hugon .... swing gang: Paris
Danny Hunter .... property master
Roman Illovsky .... draftsperson: Prague
Vladimir Janosek .... property master: Prague
Adam Jirkal .... model maker: Prague
Miroslav Karmazin .... props: Prague
Jacques Kazandian .... chief draper (as Jacques Kazandjian)
John Knight .... chargehand dresser
Lenka Kourilova .... props interpreter: Prague
Karel Kucera .... props: Prague
Martin Kurel .... art director: Prague
Dita Lampová .... draftsperson: Prague (as Dita Lampova)
Stéphane Le Lièvre .... chief painter (as Stephane Lelievre)
Edita Leva .... art department interpreter: Prague
P.K. MacCarthy .... storyboard artist (as Kevin McCarthy)
Peter Manger .... property trainee stand-by
André Marchandet .... chief plasterer: Paris (as Andre Marchandet)
Adam Marcias .... swing gang: Paris
Philippe Margottin .... props: Paris
Colin Mutch .... stand-by props
Vladimir Planansky .... construction manager: Prague
Lucie Pokorná .... art department runner: Prague (as Lucie Pokorna)
Arnaud Putman .... assistant props
Marketa Puzmanova .... art department coordinator: Prague
Jacques Quinternet .... props buyer
Peter Ramsey .... storyboard artist
Marek Sima .... stand-by props: Prague
Caroline Sina .... chief draper
Michal Slama .... art department interpreter: Prague
Stanislav Suva .... scenic artist: Prague
Dalibor Tvrznik .... swing gang: Prague
David Voborsky .... assistant art director: Prague
Howard Weaver .... scenic artist: Prague
Pavel Werner .... swing gang: Prague
Radan Kapinos .... stand-by props: Prague (uncredited)
Gary Damian Thomas .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Laura Harris Atkinson .... dialogue editor (as Laura Harris)
Jean-Marie Blondel .... sound mixer: Paris
Kerry Ann Carmean .... sound editor (as Kerry Carmean)
Gail Clark Burch .... adr editor (as Gail Clark)
Tony Dawe .... sound mixer
Dino Dimuro .... foley editor
Jim Fitzpatrick .... sound re-recording mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Adam Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Randy Kelley .... sound editor
Tony Lamberti .... sound designer
Kimaree Long .... dialogue editor
James Moriana .... foley artist (as Jim Moriana)
Kelly Oxford .... supervising sound editor
Frédéric Pardon .... boom operator: Paris (as Frederic Pardon)
Michelle Pazer .... adr editor
Scott Sanders .... sound editor
Katrina Siegmund .... assistant sound editor
David Stanke .... assistant sound editor
Pál Szûrös .... boom operator: Prague (as Pal Szuros)
Vojtech Vetrovec .... cable person: Prague
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (as Jeff Wilhoit)
Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor (as Mike Wilhoit)
Wendy Czajkowsky .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Kimaree Long .... adr editor (uncredited)
Colin Nicolson .... additional sound crew (uncredited)
John Warhurst .... adr & crowd editor: UK (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Kamil Jaffar .... special effects technician: Prague
Martin Kulhánek .... special effects supervisor: Prague (as Martin Kulhanek)
Frantisek Mesícek .... special effects technician: Prague (as Frantisek Mesicek)
Gilbert Piéri .... special effects supervisor: Paris (as Gilbert Pieri)
Jirí Vojtech .... special effects technician: Prague (as Jiri Vojtech)
Dave Crownshaw .... snow effects supervisor (uncredited)
Martin 'Marty' McLaughlin .... snow effects technician (uncredited)
Kevin Pike .... special effects supervisor: preproduction (uncredited)
Lucien Stephenson .... snow effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Tabitha Dean .... visual effects editorial: CFC
Julia Egerton .... digital lab: CFC (as Julie Egerton)
Ian Fellows .... digital paint artist: CFC
Adam Glasman .... digital lab: CFC
Darrel Griffin .... digital lab: CFC
Henrik Hoffgaard .... digital lab: CFC (as Henrik Hoffgard)
Jan Hogevold .... head of digital lab: CFC
Merrin Jensen .... digital lab: CFC (as Merrin Jenson)
Drew Jones .... visual effects producer: CFC
Roz Lowrie .... visual effects editorial: CFC
Stephen Murphy .... CG animator: CFC
Mark Nelmes .... digital visual effects supervisor: CFC
Dominic Parker .... supervising CG animator: CFC
Dominic Sidoli .... visual effects coordinator: CFC
Gavin Toomey .... compositing artist: CFC
Ken Dackermann .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Ondrej Stibinger .... telecine colorist dailies (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Rudolf Bok .... stunts: Prague
Jiri First .... stunts: Prague
Michal Grün .... stunts: Prague (as Michael Grun)
Rene Hajek .... stunts: Prague
Petr Hnetkovský .... stunts: Prague (as Petr Hnetkovsky)
Jiri Horky .... stunts: Prague
Pavel Hulinko .... stunts: Prague
Petr Hynek .... stunts: Prague
Dusan Hyska .... stunts: Prague
Paul Jennings .... stunt coordinator
Jindrich Klaus .... stunts: Prague
Pavel Kratky .... stunts: Prague
Jiri Kraus .... stunts: Prague
Robert Lahoda .... stunts: Prague
Dimo Lipitkovsky .... stunts: Prague
David Listvan .... stunts: Prague
Ivan Listvan .... stunts: Prague
Jaroslav Peterka .... assistant stunt coordinator: Prague
Jaroslav Peterka .... stunt coordinator (as Peterka Jaroslav)
Miroslav Lhotka .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tomas Belohradsky .... assistant video assist operator: Prague
Martin Brych .... camera loader: Prague second unit
Martin Bublik .... electrician: Prague
Peter Byrne .... clapper loader
Pavel Caslavsky .... gaffer: Prague
Milan Chadima .... director of photography: second unit
Ian Clark .... focus puller
Murray Close .... still photographer
Tony Devlin .... rigging gaffer
John Evans .... clapper loader
Darren Harvey .... best boy electric
Tomás Hruska .... focus puller: Prague second unit (as Tomas Hruska)
Radek Kapusta .... grip: Prague
Václav Korcik .... best boy electric: Prague (as Vaclav Korcik)
Karel Kralik .... electrician: Prague
Andy Long .... gaffer
Vince McGahon .... Steadicam operator: Prague
Seamus McSwiney .... video operator: Paris
René Michalicka .... pre-rigging gaffer: Prague
Jirí Nosek .... electrician: Prague (as Jiri Nosek)
Jirí Novak .... pre-rigging electrician: Prague (as Jiri Novak)
Giles Nuttgens .... director of photography: title sequence
Andy Ormesher .... chargehand rigger (as Andy Ormersher)
Miroslav Pavlik .... video assist operator: Prague
Alastair Rae .... Steadicam operator: Paris
John Robinson .... dolly grip
Roland Safr .... generator operator: Prague
Prokop Satochin .... grip: Prague
Jaromir Simek .... pre-rigging electrician: Prague
Petr Svoboda .... electrician: Prague
Alf Tramontin .... Steadicam operator: Prague
Alain Valdebouze .... key grip: Paris
Petr Valenta .... pre-rigging electrician: Prague
Chris Banting .... dolly operator: "a" camera (uncredited)
Jean-François Drigeard .... gaffer (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Voisin .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Molly Clayton .... casting assistant: New York
William Davies .... casting assistant: UK (as Will Davies)
Deborah Maxwell Dion .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Maureen Duff .... casting assistant: UK
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Alberte Garo .... extras casting: Paris
Gail Stevens .... casting: UK
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosanna Andreoni .... wardrobe mistress
Tereza Bradova .... interpreter: Prague wardrobe department (as Tereza Bradacova)
Francesca Brunori .... assistant costume designer
Anne-Marie Castaño-Padovan .... costume assistant (as Anna Marie Castano Padovan)
Nathalie Cercuel .... costumer: Paris
Patricia Colin .... costumer: Paris
Iva Dobrovska .... interpreter: Prague wardrobe department
Jasna Dolejsi .... wardrobe assistant: Prague
Ilona Holeckova .... costume cutter: Prague
Ilona Holeckova .... tailor: Prague
Claudette Lilly .... costume assistant
Gabriella Loria .... assistant costume designer (as Gabriella Louise Loria)
Rossano Marchi .... assistant costume designer
Mara Masiero .... costume assistant
Germinal Rangel .... costume supervisor
Cristiana Ricceri .... costume assistant (as Christiana Ricceri)
Maria Pia Rossi .... costume cutter
Maria Pia Rossi .... tailor
Jana Smetanova .... wardrobe assistant: Prague
Florentina Tica .... costume assistant
Jana Vanova .... wardrobe assistant: Prague
Jarka Vesela .... wardrobe mistress: Prague
 
Editorial Department
Glenn Cowan .... assistant film editor
Peter Ettinger .... assistant film editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (as Dale Grahn)
Monika Hlavatá .... editing assistant: Prague
Lionel Johnson .... assistant film editor
Ivan Martin del Campo .... apprentice film editor
Michelle Mendenhall .... first assistant film editor
Tia Nolan .... additional film editor
Daniel R. Padgett .... first assistant film editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Kristen Young .... post-production assistant (as Kristin Young)
Babette Dickerson .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bruce Botnick .... scoring mixer
Elin Carlson .... chorus
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
Vivien Ellis .... music researcher
Marty Frasu .... scoring sound designer
Richard A. Harrison .... music editor
Gregory Jamrok .... orchestrator
Rebecca R. Liddle .... orchestrator
Jill Meyers .... music clearance
David Newman .... orchestrator
Krystyna Newman .... scoring consultant
Bobbi Page .... vocal contractor
Paul Rabjohns .... music editor: temp music
Jeanette Surga .... music editor
Andrew Silver .... music supervisor (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Segolene Amice .... driver: Paris
Martin Cerny .... driver: Prague
Jaroslav Cirkva .... driver: Prague
Catherine Denoyelle .... transportation captain: Paris
Dominik Houska .... driver: Prague
Pavel Jumar .... driver: Prague
Petr Jumar .... driver: Prague
Jan Kuzelik .... driver: Prague
Franklin Pedrosa .... transportation manager: Paris
Jirí Ris .... driver: Prague (as Jiri Ris)
Jiri Svenek .... driver: Prague
Vladimir Vonasek Jr. .... driver: Prague
Vladimir Vonasek .... driver: Prague
Frantisek Zunt .... driver: Prague
Jean-Marie Modet .... production driver: Paris (uncredited)
Olivier Suffert .... production driver: Charles Shyer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Eva Aichmajerová .... production assistant: Prague (as Eva Aichmajerova)
Lea Andrlinková .... production assistant: Prague (as Lea Andrlinkova)
Claire Augé .... location manager: Paris
Julie Avice .... office production assistant: Paris
S.J. Berwin .... legal services
Cynthia Blaise .... additional dialect coach
Bruce A. Block .... filmic consultant
Christine Bodelot .... production accountant: Paris
Jan Boucek .... unit nurse: Prague
Derek Boyes .... assistant: Charles Shyer
Catherine Brianza .... accountant: Paris
François Broussard .... accountant: Paris (as François Brossard)
Maria Luisa Capobasso .... milliner
Joanny Carpentier .... production coordinator: Paris
Magda Chýlková .... assistant accountant: Prague (as Magda Chylkova)
Sarka Cimbalova .... production coordinator: Prague
Dagmara Cisarovska .... interpreter: Prague make-up/hair department (as Dagmar Cisarovska)
Rudy Darden .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Vicki Deason .... London contact: Help! Unlimited (as Vicky Manning)
Judy Dickerson .... dialect coach (as Judi Dickerson)
Diana Dill .... script supervisor
Zbynek Dolezal .... unit nurse: Prague
Deirdre Doorley .... travel coordinator
Barbora Drevikovska .... assistant: Ms. Swank, Prague
Rachel Eggebeen .... assistant: Charles Shyer
Joan Eisenberg .... unit publicist
Jakub Eliasek .... production assistant: Prague
Christopher Fealy .... assistant: Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson
Isabelle Gautier .... supervising location manager: Paris
Veronika Goccova .... production assistant: Prague (as Veronika Gocova)
Michael Goldberg .... production controller (as Mike Goldberg)
Thomas Graham II .... pro tools technician
Linda Gregory .... production accountant
Dan Hampel .... location manager: Prague (as Daniel Hampel)
Vaclav Hanka .... production assistant: Prague (as Vaclav 'Vendelin' Hanka)
Elizabeth Himelstein .... additional dialect coach (as Liz Himmelstein)
Polly Hope .... assistant production coordinator
Chris Huddleston .... assistant: Charles Shyer (as Christopher Huddleston)
Emma James .... assistant production coordinator: Prague
Ricky Jay .... technical consultant
Petr Kalina .... location manager: Prague
Karel Korejs .... cashier: Prague
Jiri Kotlas .... assistant location manager: Prague (as Jiri 'Effa' Kotlas)
Libor Kurka .... horse master: Prague
Ashifa Lalani .... assistant accountant
Michel Lebranchu .... horse master: Paris
Anezka Lencova .... accomodations coordinator: Prague
Gina Leonard .... assistant: Kira Davis
Karri Lucas .... assistant: Kira Davis
Sarah Millar .... location accountant (as Sarah Miller)
Nicole Miloux .... accountant: Paris
Sam Montiforte .... post-production accountant
Christi Moore-Brantley .... production controller (as Christi Brantley)
Belita Moreno .... acting consultant
Ali Moshref .... assistant accountant
Larry Moss .... acting consultant
Joe Murphy .... midi import
Jana Nemcova .... trainee script supervisor: Prague
Geraldine Niche .... production secretary: Paris
Petra Novotná .... coordinator: Prague horse and carriage (as Petra Novotna)
Anna Orazi .... workshop mistress
Lisa Parker .... production coordinator
Kate Penlington .... assistant: Redmond Morris
Jiri Rezac .... extras coordinator: Prague
Dagmara Rezacova .... extras coordinator: Prague
John Rodd .... crewman: Newman scoring Stage
Jean-Louis Rodrigue .... movement specialist
Lubica Ruzickova .... interpreter: Prague accounts
Olivier Servanin .... location manager: Paris
Jindra Sladek .... production assistant: Prague
Molly Smith .... assistant: Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson
Sarka Smolcakova .... production assistant: Prague
Ladislav Spica .... extras coordinator: Prague
Darko Stavrik .... production assistant: Prague
Tom Steel .... crewman: Newman scoring Stage (as Tom Steele)
Danuse Supkova .... unit nurse: Prague
Trystram Sylvain .... assistant: Ms. Swank, Paris (as Sylvain Trystram)
Ivan Vakarac .... location manager: Prague
David Vinar .... production assistant: Prague
Pavel Vokoun .... horse master: Prague
Kirsten Wing .... travel coordinator: Paris
Christopher Wride .... historical consultant
Keith Young .... choreographer
Julia Alexander .... director associate (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond representative (uncredited)
Jiri Krejcir .... location manager (uncredited)
Veronika Lencova .... production assistant (uncredited)
Erick M. Medina .... production insurance (uncredited)
Marc-Antoine Trani .... set runner (uncredited)
Vera Trousilová .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Garson Yu .... title designer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Deva Anderson .... special thanks
Jerry Belson .... special thanks
Peter Chelsom .... special thanks
Mike Knobloch .... special thanks
Alan Mandel .... special thanks
Lani Pollock .... special thanks
Dorothy Shuford .... special thanks
Alan Spencer .... special thanks
Steve Tyrell .... special thanks
 
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Rated R for some sexuality
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USA:118 min
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In the 1938 film Marie Antoinette (1938), Norma Shearer refused any complimentary make-up for the final scene showing her character going to the guillotine. She wanted to look as haggard and exhausted as the real queen had in her final moments. In the final scene for this movie, Joely Richardson expressed the same effects as she tried to convey as her reflection can be viewed in the water bucket beside guillotine before the beheading.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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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A ...NECKLACE Made of Both True Gems and Fabulous Fakes, 9 January 2004
Author: Dorian Tenore-Bartilucci (dtb) from Whitehall, PA

Despite John Sweet's uneven script, this fact-based tale of intrigue and scams in Marie Antoinette's court is watchable thanks to sumptuous production values (Milena Canonero's gorgeous costume design garnered an Oscar nomination), scene-stealing performances by Christopher Walken and Adrien Brody (who even gets into some swordplay as the heroine's dissolute nobleman husband. Few people can make lechery and debauchery look as sexy and fun as Brody does here! :-), and good solid work from most of the rest of the cast. In this drastic change of pace from her Oscar-winning performance in BOYS DON'T CRY, Hilary Swank plays Jeanne St. Remy de Valois, who takes revenge on her father's death and her family's ruin by pulling a scam on Cardinal Jonathan Pryce involving an ornate diamond necklace designed for exiled Madame DuBarry and spurned by the Queen (Joely Richardson captures Marie Antoinette's self-absorbed naïveté while still managing to make me feel a little sorry for her, knowing she'd pay for her foolishness with her life). Swank's performance isn't bad, but it's not as assured as it should be, considering that Jeanne's plot turned out to be instrumental in spawning the French Revolution. Next to the rest of the sterling cast, which also includes Brian Cox and Simon Baker, Swank sometimes comes across as a little girl who's playing dress-up and feeling self-conscious about it. FTR, my fave line comes from Brody who, after being shot by Swank's lady-in-waiting during his swordfight with Baker, is having the bullet in his butt removed none-too-gently by a doctor: `Good God, are you digging for potatoes?!` :-)

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