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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

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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 »

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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: You're not one of us.
Mr. William Adamson: I am aware of that. Good day.
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Bravo!! A great watch for the jaded.
28 April 2001 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Angels and Insects" is a slow starter with several strikes against it from the outset. First, the title is a turn-off (from the Byatt book of the same name). Secondly it's a period piece (circa mid 19th century England). Thirdly it factors in Darwinism, Amazon natives, ants and insects, and other esoteric subjects which don't make films appealing to the masses. Finally it has none of the usual Hollywood tinsel and trappings. Those, however, who can get past all that will find a masterpiece of filming, acting, directing, writing, costuming, orchestration, etc. A slowly captivating and somewhat melancholy story of the goings-on within an English manor, "A&I" delivers powerful drama, sterling performances, and masterful execution by the auteur. A great watch for those who love cinema for cinema's sake.


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