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Oscar and Lucinda (1997)

In mid-1800s England, Oscar is a young Anglican priest, a misfit and an outcast, but with the soul of an angel. As a boy, even though from a strict Pentecostal family, he felt God told him ... See full summary »

Director:

Gillian Armstrong

Writers:

Peter Carey (novel), Laura Jones (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Fiennes ... Oscar Hopkins
Cate Blanchett ... Lucinda Leplastrier
Ciarán Hinds ... Reverend Dennis Hasset (as Ciaran Hinds)
Tom Wilkinson ... Hugh Stratton
Richard Roxburgh ... Mr. Jeffries
Clive Russell ... Theophilus
Bille Brown Bille Brown ... Percy Smith
Josephine Byrnes ... Miriam Chadwick
Barnaby Kay ... Wardley-Fish
Barry Otto ... Jimmy D'Abbs
Linda Bassett ... Betty Stratton
Geoffrey Rush ... Narrator (voice)
Polly Cheshire Polly Cheshire ... Young Lucinda
Gillian Jones Gillian Jones ... Elizabeth Leplastrier
Robert Menzies Robert Menzies ... Abel Leplastrier
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In mid-1800s England, Oscar is a young Anglican priest, a misfit and an outcast, but with the soul of an angel. As a boy, even though from a strict Pentecostal family, he felt God told him through a sign to leave his father and his faith and join the Church of England. Lucinda is a teen-aged Australian heiress who has an almost desperate desire to liberate her sex from the confines of the male-dominated culture of the Australia of that time. She buys a glass factory and has a dream of building a church made almost entirely of glass, and then transporting it to Bellingen, a remote settlement on the north coast. Oscar and Lucinda meet on a ship going to Australia; once there, they are for different reasons ostracized from society, and as a result "join forces" together. Oscar and Lucinda are both passionate gamblers, and Lucinda bets Oscar her entire inheritance that he cannot transport the glass church to the Outback safely. Oscar accepts her wager, and this leads to the events that ... Written by M.E. Nelson

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A dream. A lie. A wager. Love. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality, and for brief violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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Goofs

Oscar & Lucinda race each other in scrubbing a passageway - but in doing so, they crawl over their handiwork. For a clean floor, you scrub going backwards. See more »

Quotes

[On how Christians are by nature gamblers]
Oscar: We bet that there is a God.
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Connections

Referenced in Lost in Austen: Episode #1.3 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Motet - Os Justi
Written by Anton Bruckner
Performed by La Chapelle Royale and Collegium Vocale Gent (as Collegium Vocale Ghent)
Ensemble Musique Oblique
Conducted by Philippe Herreweghe
Courtesy of Harmonia Mundi S.A. France
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admirable work
19 September 2017 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

film of a state. not an ordinary one, not easy to define it , unique, provocative, refuge and desert, giving brilliant performances and special atmosphere. a film for remind. old lectures, pictures and situations, characters and meets. and, in same measure, good opportunity to escape. in a fragile, convincing, ambiguous universe. it is a film who must see. for performances and for great cinematography. for lovely trip in the essence of things. and for the delicate portrait of life. and, maybe, for the flavor of a surprising parable. it is it. a trip. across vulnerable worlds and steps in the middle of a kind of fairy tale.


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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

31 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$83,461, 4 January 1998

Gross USA:

$1,897,404

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,897,404
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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