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Impromptu (1991)

PG-13 | | Biography, Comedy, Music | May 1991 (USA)
In 1830s France, pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin is pursued romantically by the determined, individualistic woman who uses the name George Sand.

Director:

James Lapine

Writer:

Sarah Kernochan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Davis ... George Sand
Hugh Grant ... Frederic Chopin
Mandy Patinkin ... Alfred De Musset
Bernadette Peters ... Marie D'Agoult
Julian Sands ... Franz Liszt
Ralph Brown ... Eugene Delacroix
Georges Corraface ... Felicien Mallefille
Anton Rodgers ... Duke D'Antan
Emma Thompson ... Duchess D'Antan
Anna Massey ... George Sand's Mother
David Birkin David Birkin ... Maurice
Nimer Rashed ... Didier
Fiona Vincente Fiona Vincente ... Solange
John Savident ... Buloz
Lucy Speed ... Young Aurora
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Storyline

1830s Paris. Novelist George Sand (Judy Davis), who is known to be writing her memoirs, is causing a sensation in the literary scene not only for the quality of her writing, but because of her extreme views and manners, including blurring the lines between the sexes - she generally wearing men's clothes - and her non-belief in the sanctity of marriage after having gone through the institution once before, now preferring sexual liaisons outside of her own wedlock, with the marital status of her lovers of no concern to her. She is just coming to the end of a turbulent affair with Jean Pierre Félicien Mallefille (Georges Corraface), who she is now trying to avoid in his continual pursuit of her. Despite thinking it will be a bore because of their insufferable hostess, she invites herself to a weekend gathering of some of France's greatest artistic and creative minds - many who are attending solely for a weekend of free food - at the country estate of the Duke (Anton Rodgers) and Duchess ... Written by Huggo

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One of Hugh Grant's first leading roles, and he was virtually unknown in the U.S. when this aired on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre in early 1990s. See more »

Quotes

George Sand: I am not full of virtues and noble qualities. I love. That is all. But I love strongly, exclusively and steadfastly.
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Soundtracks

Fantasie Impromptu Op. 46
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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The perfect antidote for the summer blockbuster
30 August 2001 | by mlescullySee all my reviews

Whenever I get tired of the typical summer movie featuring highly evolved apes, genetically engineered dinosaurs, and other such foolishness, I pull out my (well-used) copy of "Impromptu," and all my blues go away. Far from an expensive, smug, carefully marketed blockbuster, "Impromptu" is a thinking person's film. The plot is cleverly constructed, the costumes are lovely, and most important: What A Cast!!! Any film that puts Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin together is a winner in my book (those of us who are theatre junkies are aware of their previous marvellous collaborations), but this film manages to include Emma Thompson, Judy Davis, Julian Sands, and Hugh Grant. What fun!!!


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA | UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,176, 14 April 1991

Gross USA:

$4,076,211

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,076,211
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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