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De-Lovely -- From Paris to Venice to Broadway to Hollywood, the lives of Cole (Kline) and Linda (Ashley Judd) Porter were never less than glamorous and wildly unconventional.


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6 August 2004 (USA) See more »
A love that would never die and music that would live forever.
Inspecting a magical biographical stage musical, composer Cole Porter reviews his life and career with his wife, Linda. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 10 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kevin Kline ... Cole Porter

Ashley Judd ... Linda Porter

Jonathan Pryce ... Gabe

Kevin McNally ... Gerald Murphy
Sandra Nelson ... Sara Murphy

Allan Corduner ... Monty Woolley

Peter Polycarpou ... L.B. Mayer

Keith Allen ... Irving Berlin

James Wilby ... Edward Thomas

Kevin McKidd ... Bobby Reed

Richard Dillane ... Bill Wrather

Edward Baker-Duly ... Boris Kochno

Angie Hill ... Ellin Berlin
Harry Ditson ... Dr. Moorhead
Tayler Hamilton ... Honoria Murphy
Lexie Peel ... Patrick Murphy
Greg Sheffield ... Boath Murphy
Peter Jessop ... Diaghilev
Jeff Harding ... Cody
Susannah Fellows ... Mrs. L.B. Mayer

Teddy Kempner ... Stage Manager

Cole Porter ... Musical Performer - "You're The Top" (archive sound)

Robbie Williams ... Musical Performer - "It's De-Lovely"
Lemar ... Musical Performer - "What Is This Thing Called Love?"

Elvis Costello ... Musical Performer (song "Let's Misbehave")

Alanis Morissette ... Musical Performer - "Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love"

John Barrowman ... Jack / Musical Performer - "Night and Day"
Caroline O'Connor ... Musical Performer - "Anything Goes"

Sheryl Crow ... Musical Performer - "Begin the Beguine"
Mick Hucknall ... Musical Performer - "I Love You"

Diana Krall ... Musical Performer (song "Just One of Those Things")

Vivian Green ... Musical Performer - "Love For Sale"

Lara Fabian ... Musical Performer - "So In Love"
Mario Frangoulis ... Musical Performer - "So In Love"

Natalie Cole ... Musical Performer - "Ev'ry Time You Say Goodbye"
Julian Cannonier ... Chorus
Elizabeth Cooper Gee ... Chorus
Jacob Chapman ... Chorus

Cavin Cornwall ... Chorus
Matt Dempsey ... Chorus
Heather Douglas ... Chorus

Jonathan D. Ellis ... Chorus (as Jonathan D Ellis)

Jane Fowler ... Chorus
Jason Gardiner ... Chorus
Charlotte Gorton ... Chorus
Nic Greenshields ... Chorus
Akia Henry ... Chorus (as Akiya Henry)

Steve West ... Chorus (as Steve Lawton)
Duncan McVicar ... Chorus (as Duncan MacVicar)
Karen McSween ... Chorus
Michelle McSween ... Chorus

Dale Mercer ... Chorus
Samantha Modeste ... Chorus
Odette Perdrisat ... Chorus
Thern Reynolds ... Chorus
Rachel Stanley ... Chorus
Oliver Thornton ... Chorus
Claire Winsper ... Chorus

Dean Constantin ... Hotel Porter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gary Blair ... Barnaby (uncredited)
Nicola Dawn ... Party Guest (uncredited)

James Fisher ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Brian Harley ... Sailor (uncredited)
Christine Hewett ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Andrew Langtree ... Chorus (uncredited)
Michael Mansbridge ... Musician (uncredited)
Bernadette Jane Vanderkar ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)

Directed by
Irwin Winkler 
Writing credits
Jay Cocks (written by)

Produced by
Simon Channing Williams .... executive producer
Rob Cowan .... producer
Gail Egan .... executive producer
Georgina Lowe .... line producer
Charles Winkler .... producer
Irwin Winkler .... producer
Cinematography by
Tony Pierce-Roberts (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Julie Monroe 
Casting by
Nina Gold 
Production Design by
Eve Stewart 
Art Direction by
John Hill 
Set Decoration by
John Bush 
Costume Design by
Janty Yates 
Makeup Department
Jacqueline Bhavnani .... makeup artist
Felicity Bowring .... makeup artist: Ashley Judd
Beth Miller .... hair stylist: Ashley Judd
Sarah Monzani .... makeup designer
Graham Pownall .... hair stylist
Aaron Sherman .... prosthetic makeup artist
Maralyn Sherman .... prosthetic makeup artist
Simon Thompson .... hair designer
Aurélie Elich .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Kerry Hormbrey .... crowd makeup artist (uncredited)
Sara Raeburn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jeanette Redmond .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Joël Seiller .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Danielle Brandon .... unit production manager
Michael Solinger .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lee Grumett .... third assistant director
Dan John .... second assistant director
Josh Robertson .... first assistant director
Joy Scott .... third assistant director
Nick Shuttleworth .... crowd second assistant director
Charles Winkler .... second unit director
Phil Clarke .... crowd assistant director (uncredited)
Nic Jeune .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Eddie Baker .... stand-by props
Alan Briant .... props storeman (as Alan D Briant)
Mark Collisson .... construction manager
Gary Davies .... stand-by stagehand
Gary Fox .... stand-by props
Andrew Grant .... assistant art director
Martin Lane .... stand-by painter
Jo Littlejohn .... construction coordinator
Leon McCarthy .... stand-by carpenter
Richard Mills .... property master
Andy Ormesher .... stand-by rigger
Tom Read .... stand-by art director
Michael Standish .... production buyer
Graham Stickley .... props storeman
Ed Walsh .... draughtsman
Rhona Wilson .... assistant buyer
David Ackrill .... stand-by props: daily (uncredited)
Steve Deane .... construction supervisor (uncredited)
Jonathan Downing .... dressing props (uncredited)
Matthew Meadows .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Terry Royce .... props (uncredited)
Don Santos .... prop man (uncredited)
Howard Weaver .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Carlie Bergman .... adr recordist (as Charlie Bergman)
David Boulton .... adr mixer
Dorian Cheah .... sound effects editor
Zack Davis .... adr editor
Steve Finn .... boom operator
Nick Foley .... adr recordist
Tim Fraser .... production sound mixer
Brian Gallagher .... adr recordist
John Hagenstede .... sound assistant
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Michael Keller .... re-recording sound mixer
Carey Milbradt .... foley editor
Carey Milbradt .... foley mixer
Douglas Murray .... adr mixer (as Doug Murray)
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Andy Potvin .... consultant: Dolby Sound
John Ross .... re-recording sound mixer
John Ross .... supervising sound editor
Geoffrey G. Rubay .... sound effects editor (as Geofferey Rubay)
Walter Spencer .... dialogue editor
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
William Towers .... boom operator (as Will Towers)
Drew Webster .... digital sound mix technician
Clara Y. Zhu .... assistant sound editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Graham Longhurst .... special effects coordinator
Simon Cockren .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Chris Brown .... visual effects supervisor
Simon Frame .... visual effects supervisor
Phil Attfield .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Johnathan R. Banta .... digital supervisor: Sassoon Film Design (uncredited)
Robin Beard .... lead digital effects artist (uncredited)
Barry Berman .... visual effects (uncredited)
Simon Carr .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Travis Dutch .... scanning and recording (uncredited)
Tom Hocking .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Jan Hogevold .... production executive: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
Jason Jue .... digital artist (uncredited)
Isaac Layish .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Victoria McDowell .... visual effects line producer (uncredited)
Dan McRae .... scanning and recording (uncredited)
Tim Mendler .... motion control operator (uncredited)
Jeremy Nicolaides .... digital artist (uncredited)
Paola Varvaro .... digital artist (uncredited)
Alex Cox .... stunt player
Gerard Naprous .... horse stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bailie .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Ashley Bond .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Richard Carroll .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Christopher Craig .... board operator (as Chris Craig)
Ennio Di Santolo .... assistant lighting technician
Mick Durlacher .... rigging lighting technician: Luxembourg
Tommy Finch .... chief lighting technician
Alice Hobden .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Stuart Howell .... camera operator: "a" camera
Gary Hymns .... grip: "b" camera
Simon Mein .... still photographer
Nic Milner .... camera operator: "b" camera
Darren Quinn .... key grip
Basil Smith .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Peter Versey .... camera operator: "b" camera
Tracey Wetherill .... video assist (as Tracie Wetherill)
George White .... rigging lighting technician (as George 'Spike' White)
Nick Allsop .... video assistant (uncredited)
Steve Finberg .... electrician (uncredited)
Luan Hall .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Stuart Howell .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Paul Hymns .... grip (uncredited)
Rod Marley .... focus puller: "b" camera (uncredited)
Mark Packman .... electrician (uncredited)
Yair Popritkin .... assistant electrician (uncredited)
James Smith-Pryor .... electrician (uncredited)
Nick Stewart .... video assistant (uncredited)
Garie Wetherill .... assistant video operator (uncredited)
Eric Wobma .... best boy electric: Luxembourg (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rosalie Clayton .... casting assistant
Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson .... adr voice casting (as Caitlin McKenna)
Valérie Schiel .... extras casting: Luxembourg (as Valerie Scheil)
Tamara Gillon .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cheryl Cravedi .... costumer: Ashley Judd
Andrea Cripps .... assistant costume designer
Lee Croucher .... stand-by costumer
Andrew Hunt .... stand-by costumer
Joe Kowalewski .... assistant costume supervisor (as Josef Kowalewski)
Sunita Singh .... stand-by costumer
Clare Spragge .... costume supervisor
Vanessa Woolgar .... crowd dresser
Sally Davis .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Kate Newbold .... costume trainee (uncredited)
Katja Wolf .... daily wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Marie Zelenka .... stylist (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jason Barnoski .... post-production assistant
Jennifer Hatton .... first assistant editor
Jack Paulson .... assistant editor
David Rees .... color timer
Elizabeth Barnette-Marconi .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Brian Borne .... colorist (uncredited)
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
Mark Wright .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Music Department
David Arch .... musician: piano
Becky Bentham .... music coordinator: Hot House Music Ltd.
Philip Bodger .... music mixer (as Phil Bodger)
Philip Bodger .... music recordist (as Phil Bodger)
Philip Bodger .... score recording engineer (as Phil Bodger)
Gary Chester .... additional recordist
Anne Collis .... on-set music contractor
Mitchell Dalton .... musician: guitars (as Mitch Dalton)
Alec Dankworth .... musician: double bass
Richard Edwards .... musician: trombone
Stephen Endelman .... music arranger
Stephen Endelman .... music producer
Andrew Findon .... musician: woodwinds (as Andy Findon)
Rebecca Gatrell .... music coordinator: Hot House Music Ltd. (as Becca Gatrell)
Gilbert Goldstein .... arranger: additional arrangements
Isobel Griffiths .... music contractor
Cathy Jayes .... musician: rehearsal pianist
Christopher Kennedy .... music editor
Sonny Kompanek .... additional music preparation
Sonny Kompanek .... arranger: additional arrangements
Gary Norden .... vocal coach: Kevin Kline
Jenny O'Grady .... chorus mistress
Cole Porter .... lyricist
Cole Porter .... music by
Frank Ricotti .... musician: percussion
Ralph Salmins .... musician: drums
Ray Swinfield .... musician: woodwinds
Jamie Talbot .... musician: woodwinds
Phil Todd .... musician: woodwinds
Derek Watkins .... musician: trumpet
Gavyn Wright .... musician: string leader
Robert Ziegler .... conductor
Becky Bentham .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Simon Changer .... score assistant engineer (uncredited)
Tim Starnes .... music arranger: piano (uncredited)
Bruce White .... viola (uncredited)
Robert Ziegler .... musical director (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Alexandre Brown .... transportation captain: Luxembourg (as Alex Brown)
Daniel Brown .... transportation captain
Mark Crowley .... driver: Ashley Judd
Mark Williams .... driver: Kevin Kline
Rob Hempenstall .... unit driver (uncredited)
Dave Williams .... additional truck driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Libbie Barr .... script supervisor
Claire Broughton .... assistant: Gail Egan
Peter Brown .... location assistant: Luxembourg
Chorley Bunce .... caterer
Ronni Chasen .... press representative
June Czerwinski .... associate: Winkler Films
Mandy Edwards .... office production assistant
Jo Farrugia .... assistant: Irwin Winkler
Gilbert Goldstein .... piano coach: Kevin Kline
Selina Gomeau .... assistant: Irwin Winkler
David Higgs .... base runner
Francesca Jaynes .... choreographer
Ian Kilsby .... personal security
Neil Lee .... location manager
Andrew MacLean .... assistant accountant
Sarah McBryde .... production coordinator
Justin Miller .... assistant accountant
Julie Milstead .... associate to producers
Sophie Moss .... assistant production coordinator
Leonora Penglase .... assistant: Simon Channing Williams
Ian Pollington .... on-set location manager
Darren Price .... key set production assistant
Maggie Rawlinson .... assistant choreographer
Joanne Reichling .... production coordinator: Luxembourg
Marco Ruffatti .... production assistant
Will Tyler .... production accountant
Doug Vale .... first aid
Julia Wilson Dickson .... dialect coach: Ashley Judd
Henry Woolley .... assistant location manager
Danielle Craig .... production assistant (uncredited)
Camille Gatin .... stand-in: Ms. Judd (uncredited)
Charles Howes .... tutor (uncredited)
Jeremy Pelzer .... managing director: studio (uncredited)
Jonathan Rutter .... publicist (uncredited)
Matthew Sanders .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Michael Stapleton .... location security (uncredited)
Lynnanne Zager .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Peter L. Felcher .... the producers express special thanks to: The Cole Porter Trust
Robert Kimball .... the producers express special thanks to (as Robert E. Kimball)
Robert H. Montgomery Jr. .... the producers express special thanks to: The Cole Porter Trust, 1923-2000
Roberta Staats .... the producers express special thanks to: The Cole Porter Trust
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content
125 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) (Canadian Home Video rating) | Finland:K-7 | Germany:o.Al. | Iceland:L | Ireland:12A | Malaysia:U (cut version) | Malaysia:18SX (uncut version) | Netherlands:MG6 | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | South Korea:12 | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Spain:13 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG | USA:PG-13 (certificate #40304)

Did You Know?

Ashley Judd was almost never cast because the producers and director thought that she was beyond their budget. Her agent later contacted and informed them that Judd was interested in playing Linda.See more »
Continuity: When the Porter's are getting married, right after they are announced, all their friends and family come over. Someone comes over and gives Linda a kiss on her right cheek, which then leaves a mark. Not long after, the mark is gone, with no sign of Linda wiping it off.See more »
Cole Porter:You're playing with my life.
Gabe:It's my show.
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Movie Connections:
References Anything Goes (1936)See more »
Ev'ry Time We Say GoodbyeSee more »


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51 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
De-Lovely: De-Railed!, 22 August 2004
Author: finemot from Florida

As a child of the '30s, I was immersed in Hollywood musicals I bit more than I appreciated. I loved [still do] good music, a clever lyric, a moving melody, with a good degree of tolerance for experimentation with the off-beat and planned discord of a Stan Kenton. Cole Porter always symbolized meticulous word-play wed to impeccable melodic phrasing.

From the opening scenes, the vehicle of "De-Lovely"'s presentation was both an annoyance and a distraction. Was this a bio trying to become a musical; or was it a musical trying to be a bio? While this last observation may be my own singular and subjective problem, I squirmed mentally as I tried to figure out whether the makeup artists wanted to make Kevin Kline look like an aging Jeff Daniels, or a real-time Carl Reiner?

It would be nearly impossible to destroy Porter's music; the quality is there regardless of the interpretation. However, the matching of score selection to fragments of Porter's life, professional development and composing venues is a tawdry hodge-podge, put together like a 1940s 7th grader who scores 37% on an American History matching-columns exam. Some of the costumes, stagings and vocals are ludicrous: the costuming and set design for the Venetian duet, two people who appear not to like each other or the fit of their costumes; and the feeble-voiced crooning of a "Mountie" [Nelson Eddy - sound alike]: NOT!

Then there is the presentation of Porter, the man [Kline] and his long-suffering wife [Ashley Judd, excellent with the role she's given]. We can accept the idiosyncratic behavior of genius; we can appreciate a reasonable degree of self-absorption; we can empathize with a free spirit, suddenly crippled and dependent on others. Mrs. Porter knew exactly what she was getting when she entered the marriage; and while we can empathize with her fraying patience, we might expect a bit more fire from a woman whose husband is presented as sexual and social gadabout concerned only with his own gratification, except when the deeper muse is upon him. Finally, there is the staged number with Louis B. Mayer, which itself, would make the MGM lion dyspeptic. Porter may have been an intellectual snob; and Mayer may have been a boorish bully, but Mayer wasn't stupid.

Even in its presentation of Cole's homosexuality, we are introduced to a trite parade of pretty boys; and, within this shallow presentation, we are expected to see deep, caring relationships. It's been years since I've read a Porter biography, but the viewer might better have been served by suggestion: a lone Porter, for example, headed for the city tenderloin, or a seedy bar down by the waterfront, with the camera fading without further graphic explanation. Porter's encounters weren't all that "pretty."

Ahhh, the music. For me there were three show-stoppers, among them Elvis Costello's "Let's Misbehave." My wife and I, both 21+ X 3 + a bunch. thoroughly enjoyed Sheryl Crowe's minor key and roving "Begin the Beguine." It was a refreshing treatment of a Porter standard, which, although cleverly composed and worded, had become cliché in its title and too rigidly fixed in its arrangements. Crowe tosses out her usually fragile vocalizing; shows her musicianship in her rendering, and best of all, sings and phrases as a mature woman, not a whining little girl. Whether the precise Porter would have approved, I can't say; but Crowe gives the song a well-deserved rebirth.

Best of all is the top-notch performance of "Let's Do It," by Alanis Morissette: her vibratto; her full-of-fun, carefree delivery; her meticulously clear enunciation of the fast-flowing words are superb. The lady nails it!

The movie is a terrible disappointment; but it's not the music that brings it down. It is the trivializing of a privileged, yet tragic life. Its sole salvation is the wedding of gifted contemporary vocalists, with priceless old standards; and it may bring about performance revitalization and longevity enhancement for both.

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