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The Importance of Being Earnest -- In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues.

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Director:
Writers:
Oscar Wilde (play)
Oliver Parker (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 July 2002 (Australia) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Everybody Loves Ernest... But Nobody's Quite Sure Who He Really Is.
Plot:
In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(109 articles)
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 (From The Guardian - Film News. 15 October 2013, 3:05 AM, PDT)

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I loved it! See more (139 total) »

Cast

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Rupert Everett ... Algernon 'Algy' Moncrieff

Colin Firth ... John 'Jack' Worthing

Frances O'Connor ... Gwendolen Fairfax

Reese Witherspoon ... Cecily Cardew

Judi Dench ... Lady Augusta Bracknell

Tom Wilkinson ... Dr. Frederick Chasuble

Anna Massey ... Miss Laetitia Prism

Edward Fox ... Lane, Algy's Butler

Patrick Godfrey ... Merriman
Charles Kay ... Gribsby
Cyril Shaps ... Pew Opener

Marsha Fitzalan ... Dowager

Finty Williams ... Young Augusta Bracknell
Guy Bensley ... Young Lord Bracknell
Christina Robert ... Duchess of Devonshire

Kiera Chaplin ... Girl in Gambling Club
Alexandra Kobi ... Girl in Gambling Club
Suzie Boyle ... Dancer
Kate Coyne ... Dancer
Bernadette Iglich ... Dancer
Polli Redston ... Dancer
Elaine Tyler-Hall ... Dancer
Gillian Winn ... Dancer
Holly Collins ... Dancer
Kit Dickinson ... Dancer
Suzanne Thomas ... Dancer
Charlie Mole ... Musical Butler
Darrell Kok ... Musical Butler
Judd Procter ... Musical Butler
Martin Knowles ... Musical Butler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Greg Bennett ... Gentleman (uncredited)

Sacha Bennett ... Jenkins the Gamekeeper (uncredited)
Ray Donn ... Gambler (uncredited)
Neil Findlater ... Tricycle Man (uncredited)

Sonja Morgenstern ... Lady at the Savoy (uncredited)
Louise Poole ... Lady at the savoy (uncredited)
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Directed by
Oliver Parker 
 
Writing credits
Oscar Wilde (play "The Importance of Being Earnest")

Oliver Parker (screenplay)

Produced by
David Brown .... co-producer
Uri Fruchtmann .... executive producer
Barnaby Thompson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Charlie Mole 
 
Cinematography by
Tony Pierce-Roberts (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Guy Bensley 
 
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
 
Production Design by
Luciana Arrighi 
 
Art Direction by
Paul Ghirardani 
 
Set Decoration by
Ian Whittaker 
 
Costume Design by
Maurizio Millenotti 
 
Makeup Department
Nuala Conway .... assistant hair designer
Nuala Conway .... assistant makeup designer
Charmaine Fuller .... crowd hair stylist
Charmaine Fuller .... crowd makeup artist
Renata Gilbert .... crowd hair stylist
Renata Gilbert .... crowd makeup artist
Pat Hay .... makeup artist: Mr. Everett
Joe Hopker .... makeup artist
Peter King .... hair designer
Peter King .... makeup designer
Dianne Millar .... crowd hair stylist
Dianne Millar .... crowd makeup artist
Susan Parkinson .... key crowd hair stylist (as Sue Parkinson)
Susan Parkinson .... key crowd makeup artist (as Sue Parkinson)
Paula Price .... hair stylist
Paula Price .... makeup artist
Jamie Pritchard .... hair stylist: Mr. Everett
Barbara Taylor .... crowd hair stylist
Barbara Taylor .... crowd makeup artist
 
Production Management
Brian Donovan .... production supervisor
Hugh Gourlay .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fiona Gosden .... third assistant director
Richard Hewitt .... first assistant director
Matthew Penry-Davey .... second assistant director
Toby Sherborne .... assistant director
 
Art Department
John Addison .... carpenter
Steve Alder .... carpenter
Robert Allen .... stagehand
Bill Bernie .... stand-by painter (as William Bernie)
Lee Biggs .... carpenter
John Casey .... carpenter
Joe Cassar .... carpenter
Alalia Chetwynd .... scenic artist
Anna-Maria Chetwynd .... graphics artist
Larry Cooch .... painter
Nick Cosens .... dressing props
Rick Dunning .... stand-by stagehand
Andy Evans .... construction coordinator
Trevor Eve .... painter
Ronald Fallen .... painter
Gary Fox .... dressing props
Mark Fruin .... stand-by props
James Gemmill .... scenic artist
Alan Gooch .... painter (as Alan Cooch)
Michael Gooch .... carpenter
Ian Green .... supervising carpenter
Warren Greenham .... painter
Kate Grimble .... assistant art director
Mark Guest .... prop storeman
Michael Harm .... art department assistant
Ralph Harrison .... carpenter
Terry Heggarty .... painter
Andrew Hobbs .... carpenter
Dominic Hyman .... stand-by art director
Patricia Johnson .... draughtsman
Andrew Mash .... carpenter
Kieron Mcnamara .... stand-by props
Mark McNeil .... stand-by props (as Mark Venn Mcneil)
Joe Monks .... painter
Charlotte Pearson .... art department coordinator
Clifford Rashbrook .... stagehand
Brian Read .... property buyer
Mark Reynolds .... assistant property master
Denis Rich .... storyboard artist
Paul Sansom .... carpenter
Lee Shelley .... painter
Barry Smalls .... stand-by carpenter
Colin Smith .... supervising chargehand
Graham Stickley .... dressing props
Anthony Szuch .... drapes master
Josephine Warne .... art department assistant
Paul Wescott .... supervising painter
Steve Westley .... dressing props
Arthur Wicks .... property master
Steve Williamson .... painter
Will Ayres .... props (uncredited)
Rohan Harris .... paintings (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ben Barker .... foley editor
Simon Changer .... assistant sound engineer
Colin Cooper .... adr recordist
Mark DeSimone .... adr engineer
Richard Dunford .... sound effects editor (as Rick Dunsford)
Stan Fiferman .... foley artist
Stephen Gilmour .... sound maintenance
Matthew Gough .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruce Gray .... adr recordist
Diane Greaves .... foley artist (as Dianne Greaves)
Steve Hancock .... sound studio technician
Steve Hancock .... sound re-recording engineer
Tom Hannen .... ProTools operator
Mystique Holloway .... assistant sound editor
Max Hoskins .... supervising sound editor
Peter Maxwell .... additional sound re-recording mixer
John Midgley .... sound mixer
Kath Pollard .... adr recordist
June Prinz .... boom operator
Adrian Rhodes .... sound re-recording mixer
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer
Nick Watson .... sound consultant: Dolby
Dan Edelstein .... supervising sound editor: US release (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Alex Gurucharri .... special effects senior technician
Tom Harris .... special effects supervisor
Barry Woodman .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Simon Frame .... visual effects supervisor
Tom Hocking .... digital compositor: men-from-mars
Gruff Owen .... digital compositor
Tom Hocking .... digital artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Danielle da Costa .... stunt double
Steve Dent .... stunt coordinator
Kim McGarrity .... stunt double
Mark Mottram .... stunt double: Rupert Everett
Rocky Taylor .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Arnold .... electrician
Sam Barnes .... clapper loader: second unit
Jacob Barrie .... camera trainee
Jacob Barrie .... clapper loader: "b" camera
David Brown .... director of photography: second unit
Paul Chedlow .... still photographer
Alan Coates .... generator operator (as Alan 'Pockets' Coates)
Charlie England .... assistant camera
Charlie England .... clapper loader: second unit
John Ferguson .... focus puller
Tommy Finch .... gaffer
Dogan Halil .... Steadicam operator: second unit
Leo Holloway .... video playback operator
Oliver Loncraine .... clapper loader (as Oliver Loncraine)
Paul Mills .... stand-by rigger
Nic Milner .... camera operator: second unit
Dean Morrish .... underwater first assistant camera
Darren Quinn .... grip
Ralph Ramsden .... focus puller: second unit
Keith Sewell .... Steadicam operator: second unit
Philip Sindall .... camera operator: second unit
Tony Skinner .... electrician
Chyna Thomson .... assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
Roger Tooley .... Steadicam operator
Roger Tooley .... Steadicam operator: second unit
John Turner .... electrician
Mike Valentine .... underwater camera
George White .... best boy (as George 'Spike' White)
 
Casting Department
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Alex Johnson .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anthony Brookman .... wardrobe master
Giovanni Casalnuovo .... assistant costume designer (as Gianni Castelnuovo)
Wendy Cole .... seamstress
Alleyne Kirby Davies .... costume maker
Nicola Foy .... costume assistant
Annie Hadley .... chief costume cutter
Zoe Harvey .... head dresser
Linda Lashley .... seamstress
Pernilla Lindfors .... seamstress
Marcus Love-McGuirk .... key costume supervisor
Marcus Love-McGuirk .... wardrobe supervisor
Anne Nichols .... seamstress
Lucilla Simbari .... costume assistant
Mike Skorepa .... crowd supervisor
Rupert Steggle .... wardrobe master
Janet Tebrooke .... wardrobe mistress
Mariano Tufano .... assistant costume designer
Mariano Tufano .... costume supervisor
Dominic Young .... costume maker
 
Editorial Department
Tania Blunden .... post-production (as Tania Windsor Blunden)
William Blunden .... editor trainee
John Ensby .... laboratory contact
Laura Evans .... assistant editor
Mike Fraser .... negative cutter
Lalit Goyal .... assistant editor
Peter Hunt .... color timer
Lionel Johnson .... assistant editor
Steve Mercer .... first assistant editor
Matthew Streatfield .... trainee assistant editor
 
Music Department
Darrell Alexander .... music producer
Geoff Alexander .... conductor
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator
Simon Chamberlain .... musician: Algy's piano
Simon Chamberlain .... orchestrator
Simon Changer .... assistant music engineer
Sophie Cornet .... music editor
Esther Goodhew .... musicians contractor: Cool Music Ltd.
Chris Nicolaides .... composer: additional music
Chris Nicolaides .... music programmer
Mike Ross-Trevor .... music mixer
Mike Ross-Trevor .... music recordist
Nigel Stone .... additional music editor
Eliza Thompson .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Darren Thackeray .... driver
 
Other crew
Lucy Backhouse .... location scout
Jonny Benson .... floor runner
Jake Bogert .... assistant to producer
Sebastian Dewing .... stand-in
Penny Dyer .... dialogue coach
Stephen Earner .... assistant production accountant
Karen Fayerty .... unit nurse
Sasha Gibson .... unit publicist
Ben Gladstone .... location scout
Gavin Hale .... stand-in
Kate Hazell .... location assistant
Alison Horton .... stand-in
John Kearney .... horse wrangler
Kevin Kolovich .... assistant: Maurizio Millenotti
Alex Lau .... location runner
Kate Lee .... unit publicist
Nichola Martin .... assistant: Barnaby Thompson
Christian McWilliams .... location manager
Luke Morris .... production executive
Hermione Ninnim .... production coordinator
Rufus Rawley .... crowd coordinator
Jo Rogers .... head of development: Fragile Films
Quinny Sacks .... choreographer
Tom Stourton .... location scout
Elian Strong .... assistant coordinator
Richard Topping .... production runner
Claire Tovey .... location assistant
Tony Tucker .... boat wrangler
Dianne Twiddy .... accountant
Louise Wade .... script supervisor: second unit
Alex Warder .... accounts assistant
Beverly Winston .... script supervisor
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG for mild sensuality
Runtime:
97 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:PG | France:U | Germany:o.Al. | Iceland:L | Malaysia:U | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:14 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:U | USA:PG

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Trivia:
The premiere Broadway production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" opened at the Lyceum Theater (New York City) on April 22, 1895, ran for 12 performances and has been revived in New York City eight times since as of 2010.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Miss Prism opens Dr. Chasuble's portfolio, the second drawing from the top is partially folded, but when she examines it in the next shot, the drawing is neat and unbent in the stack.See more »
Quotes:
Lady Bracknell:I think it is high time that Mr. Bunbury decide whether he would like to live or die.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Lady Come DownSee more »

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25 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
I loved it!, 24 June 2003
Author: unclepete from Liverpool, England

There do seem to be some scathing reviews here, but I have to say that I loved it!

I first started by reading the play, then watching the 1952 version, and then this latest reworking. The cast were absolutely stellar, though I'd go along with the criticism that they were just a little too deadpan in places. The sheer quantity of wit and wordplay in this script make it difficult to keep up, and it's often only in a reading that you realise that just about every other line is a hilarious gag.

I really can't understand an earlier criticism that a viewer couldn't make out any of the dialogue. I though it was wonderfully recorded with crystal clear diction throughout, but maybe that's an international difference. I'm lucky to make out about one third of anything the children say in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'.

Anyway - it was well filmed, great locations, and wonderful wit delivered by beautiful people. I loved it.

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