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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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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: I don't like your attitude, sir. I've never liked it. I believe that you sneer in your heart.
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Inscrutable and tentative...
26 October 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

A U.S.-British co-production for PBS, from A.S. Byatt's story "Morpho Eugenia" (a better title!), this head-scratcher of a human drama involves a Victorian England bug-specialist who comes to stay with a wealthy family and falls in love with his benefactor's lovely but unstable daughter. A carefully plotted picture, which might mean slow or sluggish--yet the film is never boring. Moments of eccentricity, romance and surrealism are blended together with skill, and the actresses in particular (Kristen Scott Thomas and the wonderfully brave Patsy Kensit) are first-rate. It's a difficult film, but one worth staying with. **1/2 from ****


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