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De-Lovely (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  6 August 2004 (USA)
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Inspecting a magical biographical stage musical, composer Cole Porter reviews his life and career with his wife, Linda.



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De-Lovely is an original musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter, filled with his unforgettable songs. In the film, Porter is looking back on his life as if it was one of his spectacular stage shows, with the people and events of his life becoming the actors and action onstage. Through elaborate production numbers and popular hits like "Anything Goes," "It's De-Lovely," and "Night and Day," Porter's elegant, excessive past comes to light - including his deeply complicated relationship with his wife and muse, Linda Lee Porter. Written by Anonymous

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A love that would never die and music that would live forever.

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Just One of Those Things  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$400,001 (USA) (2 July 2004)


$377,429 (Australia) (12 November 2004)

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Real Linda Porter was from 8 to 14 years older (depending on what biography you read) than Cole, but Ashley Judd is 21 years younger than Kevin Kline. See more »


The order of the chorus girls auditioning for the solo in "Let's Fall in Love" changes between shots. The two women that Kline listens to before he hears Alanis Morissette switch places. See more »


Cole Porter: I'm worried about you.
Linda Porter: You don't need to worry about me or your show. It's all taken care of. I'm in God's hands, the show's in yours. I do wish it were the other way around.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »


Night and Day
Performed by John Barrowman and Kevin Kline
Music and Lyrics written by Cole Porter
Music Published by Warner Bros. Inc./Chappell & Co, Inc. (ASCAP)
Produced by Stephen Endelman and Peter Asher
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17 July 2004 | by (cathedral city, ca) – See all my reviews

This biography soars toward the Academy Awards on the backs of its producer, director and actors. Kevin Kline proves you don't have to look like the "Real Person" to bring his spirit to life and Ashley Judd (contrary to some unfair and plain wrong reviews) gives us a strong Linda Porter, a complex and vulnerable Linda Porter who, as is usually the case, finally succumbs to her life choices with an uncommon grace and courage.

Those people in the audience who had no idea about Mr. Porter's sexual preference, oh'd and ah'd in the beginning. Then they learned that all the talent in the world, all the money in the world, all the joyous hedonism of youth in the world - all of it falls in upon itself as age overcomes and destroys the arrogance of youth.

Irwin Winkler has given us an unflinching portrait of an unusually talented man, an unusual life, and a painful end to that life.

My palms were ice cold and I felt drained as this film concluded - not because it failed as a project, but because it succeeded so well.

DE-LOVELY is not an easy movie but it is a brilliant one.

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