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The Painted Veil (2006)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 19 January 2007 (USA)
A British medical doctor fights a cholera epidemic in a small Chinese village, while being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine An ...
Hostess
Bin Li ...
Te-Ming
Bin Wu ...
Student 1
Alan David ...
Mr. Garstin
Marie-Laure Descoureaux ...
Sister St. Joseph
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Mary (scenes deleted)
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Dorothy Townsend
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Lorraine Laurence ...
Sister Maryse
Gwing-Gai Lee ...
Angry Chinese Man (as Johnny Lee)
Li Feng ...
Sung Ching
Gesang Meiduo ...
Amah
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Yin Qing ...
Student 2
Ian Renwick ...
Geoffrey Denison (as Ian Rennick)
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Storyline

This love story has Kitty meeting young, intelligent, shy and somewhat dull Dr. Walter Fane, whose forte is the study of infectious diseases, and the convenient marriage that she finds herself committed to. It is in this web of intrigue that they head for China, only after Walter discovers Kitty's infidelity with one dashing and witty diplomat Charlie Townsend. So much as to hide her from herself and to help thwart a cholera outbreak, this is a marriage more than on the rocks. This is a cold, indifferent and loveless partnership in a vast unknown and deadly environment that will test both these flightless lovebirds and with the hardships and tolerances more than any had ever anticipated. A visual delight amid the pain and suffering of a dying people and failing marriage. Will a cure be found for both, before it's too late? Written by Cinema_Fan

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Forgiveness comes at a price See more »

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some mature sexual situations, partial nudity, disturbing images and brief drug content | See all certifications »

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19 January 2007 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$71,814, 24 December 2006

Gross USA:

$8,060,487, 26 April 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,522,838
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Edward Norton personally recruited Naomi Watts for her role in the film. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the orphans are asleep in the music room, Kitty can be seen holding one of the sleeping orphans. The orphan's head changes position between shots, her head is initially tilted towards Kitty, then tilting to the other side, and finally looking straight up. See more »

Quotes

[Kitty serves herself a helping of the uncooked vegetables from the local cholera-infected crop]
Walter Fane: Are you looking to kill yourself?
[Kitty eats the vegetables with a contemptous smirk. Walter then serves himself and eats his in the same manner]
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Connections

Remake of The Seventh Sin (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Gnossienne No. 1
Written by Erik Satie
Licensed by BMG Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd
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Excellent Movie
29 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

What an excellent movie - really exceptional. Norton and Watts are so believable and the supporting cast are amazing as well. Sets, scenery, music, and costumes are dead on. Character development and evolution make these characters well rounded and memorable.

The story is so realistic that it makes one wonder if it isn't based in fact rather than fiction, and the feelings of the time (hatred for imperialistic foreigners) is documented accurately. The only negative thing I can say is that there was a point when editing needed to be tighter because the movie dragged a bit in defining Kitty's boredom and isolation. The audience got the message much earlier. But this was only a brief irritation because the movie was so fascinating.

The movie does deviate from the novel in that the ending has changed somewhat, but few people have probably read this novel and most won't even notice. It's a longer than average movie and will probably play better in Europe than America. But for the thinking crowd, it's an absolute must see.


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