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The Magnificent Ambersons (2002)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  13 January 2002 (USA)
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The spoiled rotten and utterly unlikable rich kid George Amberson becomes horrified when his recently widowed mother rekindles her relationship with the wealthy Eugene Morgan, who she left ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Uncle George
Mrs. Johnson (as Dina Merrill-Hartley)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Brennan ...
Lucy's Companion
Bernard Deegan ...
Michael Devaney ...
Eugene's Secretary
Mairead Devlin ...
Mark Doherty ...
Drugstore Clerk


The spoiled rotten and utterly unlikable rich kid George Amberson becomes horrified when his recently widowed mother rekindles her relationship with the wealthy Eugene Morgan, who she left decades earlier in order to marry George's father. As George struggles to sabotage his mother's new romance, he must deal with his own romantic feelings for Morgan's daughter and the consequences of his meddling as his once great family falls into ruin due to his machinations... Written by Jesse Baker

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Release Date:

13 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Queda do Poder  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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Was originally to be directed by veteran director Herbert Ross, but heart problems led to his exiting the film in early 2001. He never directed again and late in 2001 he died of congestive heart failure. See more »


During George and Lucy's sleigh ride in town, George's lips frequently do not match what he's saying. See more »


George Amberson Minafer: Lucy, I'm going to be gone for a very long time!
Lucy Morgan: [seeming cheerful] How long?
George Amberson Minafer: I don't know, I might never come back! My mother and I are going on a trip around the world.
Lucy Morgan: Why that sound like great fun!
George Amberson Minafer: But Lucy, I might never see you again!
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Referenced in Downton Abbey: Christmas at Downton Abbey (2011) See more »


Nueve Puntos
by Carlos Di Sarli
[Tango played during Amberson ball]
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A Stand Alone
12 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not having read the book, nor having viewed the original Welles version, I watched The Magnificent Ambersons based on it being a period piece. I was also slightly intrigued that it was supposed to be a remake of what is considered a Welles classic. I watched the movie and found it stood well on its own. I was surprised to find it aired in 2002, as it is avant garde in form and has a fresh creativity, and even a daring in its approach that I would expect only of more recent films. The assembled cast is brilliant: Bruce Greenwood is the upbeat, returned prodigal, accompanied by his equally winsome daughter Gretchen Mol; James Cromwell is the patriarch, and Madeline Stowe is the many layered woman torn between her old flame and her ever present love for her son, Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Jennifer Tilly as the spinster aunt adds to the ensemble quite nicely. This was at times painful to watch, since Rhys Meyers's character, George, is so absolutely obnoxious in his arrogance, but this is can be overlooked as George's behavior and personality is what makes the piece tick. Some have criticized Rhys Meyers, yet I found it a very convincing performance. As the uncle put it, "Georgy, I've always been fond of you, but I haven't always liked you." I couldn't stand George, yet there was something that almost made me root from him. A long movie, 150 minutes; however, good acting,creative filming, and a fascinating plot make it worthwhile viewing.

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