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Angels and Insects (1995)

In the 1800s a naturalist marries into a family of British country gentry.

Director:

Philip Haas

Writers:

A.S. Byatt (novel), Belinda Haas (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Rylance ... William Adamson
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Matty Crompton
Patsy Kensit ... Eugenia Alabaster Adamson
Jeremy Kemp ... Sir Harald Alabaster
Douglas Henshall ... Edgar Alabaster
Annette Badland ... Lady Alabaster
Chris Larkin ... Robin
Anna Massey ... Miss Mead
Saskia Wickham Saskia Wickham ... Rowena Alabaster
Lindsay Thomas Lindsay Thomas ... Lady Alabaster's Maid
Michelle Sylvester Michelle Sylvester ... Margaret Alabaster
Clare Lovell Clare Lovell ... Elaine Alabaster
Jenny Lovell Jenny Lovell ... Edith Alabaster
Oona Haas Oona Haas ... Alice Alabaster
Angus Hodder Angus Hodder ... Guy Alabaster
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Storyline

The movie is a study of a family of country gentry in Victorian England. William Adamson, a young scientist, is introduced into the Alabaster family by Reverend Mr Alabaster who is also fascinated by insects. William marries the older daughter of the family and studies the amounts of insects in the garden of the villa. His - for the gentry - strange behaviors reveal at the same time their own failures and passions. Written by Volker Boehm

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

An Elegant Seduction. An Erotic Deception. A Stunning Revelation.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and graphic nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Des anges et des insectes See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,304,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Peter O'Toole was originally announced for the Jeremy Kemp part. See more »

Goofs

William and Matty both cast at least three shadows on the door, despite being only lit by a single candle. See more »

Quotes

Edgar Alabaster: I don't like your attitude, sir. I've never liked it. I believe that you sneer in your heart.
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Connections

Featured in The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997) See more »

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Stunning acting and subtlety and sexuality
24 November 2004 | by netsmith2001See all my reviews

This movie presents a brilliant stage worthy level of acting to the screen. I was stunned by the quality and subtlety of the performances especially the lead and Kristin Thomas. The story is almost painfully slow but that helps create a mood and sexual tension that works perfectly. I was literally on the edge of my seat both with the drama of the characters and just wanting to be closer to their nuanced performances. Jeremy Kemp as the elder Lord of the manor Sir Harald Alabaster displays aristocratic intelligence rarely found in films. The dinner table discussions of the emergence of the radical new approaches to evolution and culture surrounding Darwin's revelations are compelling. Also the role of Edgar, representing the boorish son who clings to the old ways of class hierarchy is finely wrought. Highly recommended. A thoughtful film.


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