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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.

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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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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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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Last cinema film of Fanny Carby. 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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Time for Old Time
Composed by Jack Trombey (as J. Trombey)
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Excellent movie, well-written, well-performed.
4 October 1998 | by WistfulSee all my reviews

Mrs. Dalloway is a very well-written and performed adaptation of the Virginia Woolf novel. Kudos to screenwriter Eileen Atkins for her faithfulness to the original story. The double casting of the central characters is realistic and makes the flashback scenes easy to follow. Every actor was completely believable in his/her role. But the most brilliant performance of all was Rupert Graves as Septimus Warren Smith, the tragic young war hero suffering from delayed shell shock. (For the full impact of his inner torment, try watching this movie with a combat veteran, as I did.) A quality movie. Don't miss it!


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