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Mrs Dalloway (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 20 February 1998 (USA)
In 1923 London, socialite Clarissa Dalloway's well-planned party is overshadowed by the return of an old suitor she had known 33 years earlier.

Director:

Marleen Gorris

Writers:

Eileen Atkins (screenplay), Virginia Woolf (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Redgrave ... Mrs. Clarissa Dalloway
Natascha McElhone ... Young Clarissa
Michael Kitchen ... Peter Walsh
Alan Cox ... Young Peter
Sarah Badel Sarah Badel ... Lady Rosseter
Lena Headey ... Young Sally
John Standing ... Richard Dalloway
Robert Portal ... Young Richard
Oliver Ford Davies ... Hugh Whitbread
Hal Cruttenden Hal Cruttenden ... Young Hugh
Rupert Graves ... Septimus Warren Smith
Amelia Bullmore ... Rezia Warren Smith
Margaret Tyzack ... Lady Bruton
Robert Hardy ... Sir William Bradshaw
Richenda Carey ... Lady Bradshaw
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Storyline

London, summer 1923. Clarissa, MP Richard Dalloway's wife, sets out on a beautiful morning; she's shopping for flowers for her party that evening. At the same time Septimus Warren Smith, a young man who survived the battlefields of Europe, is suffering from a nightmarish delayed-onset form of shell-shock. Clarissa's nearly-grown daughter is distant, and preoccupied. In the course of one day, Peter, Clarissa's passionate old suitor, returns from India and is invited to her party; Septimus commits suicide; Clarissa relives a day in her youth (and her reasons for her choice of a life with the reliable Richard Dalloway). Written by Eileen Berdon <eberdon@aol.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for emotional elements and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$90,127, 22 February 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,263,672, 21 June 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Executive producer (the late) Bill Shepherd and his wife the actress Eileen Atkins (who wrote the screenplay) invested their own money in the film and only narrowly avoided personal bankruptcy when it flopped at the box office. See more »

Goofs

In the flashback scenes with the younger actors, Peter is slightly taller than Clarissa. When they dance together at the party, he is considerably shorter than her. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Septimus Warren Smith: [shouting] Edwards! Don't come!
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A miraculous adaptation
12 September 2004 | by pathertoSee all my reviews

Marleen Gorliss has pulled off a most successful adaptation of one of Woolf's most diaphanous novels. I'm not a fan of voice-over, but here the device is used discretely and to great effect. The magnificent performances of Redgraves and the rest of the cast bring to life this delicate tale. Probably a chick flick in its focus on love and the meaning of things, this film will not appeal to all tastes. But if you liked 'The Hours,' you'll love 'Mrs. Dalloway.


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