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Mrs Dalloway (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 20 February 1998 (USA)
In 1923 London, socialite Clarissa Dalloway's (Vanessa Redgrave's) well-planned party is overshadowed by the return of an old suitor she had known thirty-three 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 (Vanessa Redgrave), Member of Parliament Richard Dalloway's (Sir John Standing'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 (Rupert Graves), a young man who survived the battlefields of Europe, is suffering from a nightmarish delayed on-set form of shell shock. Clarissa's nearly-grown daughter is distant, and preoccupied. In the course of one day, Peter (Michael Kitchen), 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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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

Gross USA:

$3,263,672
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First screenplay written by Eileen Atkins. 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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Addio, Del Passato
from "La Traviata"
Written by Giuseppe Verdi (as Verdi)
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Party-Crasher
5 July 2001 | by roy_woodSee all my reviews

Like most of Virginia Woolf's literary output, I appreciated the film-version of "Mrs. Dalloway" more than I enjoyed it. There are flashes of blinding beauty in this movie, however, the film's "sum" is not equal to its "parts". Of course, Vanessa Redgrave continues to astound me with her talent. And ---yes, the film is beautifully made and attention to period detail is evident. And --- yes, parts of the story are very heart-rending. Yet.... why does this film satisfy me but not move me? Like a guest at one of Mrs. Dalloway's parties, I am more impressed with the effort that went into the production than the product itself.


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