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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:

Laura Jones (screenplay), Peter Carey (novel)
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 ... 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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Goofs

While taking the glass church from Sydney to Bellingen, Oscar crosses the scenic Blue Mountains. They should not be on his route. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: In order that I exist, two gamblers, one obsessive, the other compulsive, must meet.
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Haec Dies
Written by John Sheppard
Performed by The Choir of Kings College Cambridge
Conducted by Philip Ledger
Courtesy of EMI Records UK and EMI Music Australia Pty. Ltd.
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A Story of Obsession and Guilt with Wonderful Acting
30 May 1999 | by BB-15See all my reviews

Do you like great acting? I mean something subtle where an actor's face is like an artist's brush or music by a fine composer. In this film Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett are the virtuosos and they simply dazzled me with their talent.

The main story of Oscar and Lucinda is not very original, a tragic love story. The film does involve pre 1900 English characters that present some basic dilemmas of life. How strange the English of the 1800's seem today. Their repressed world can make an interesting contrast to the lives of free spirits and native cultures.

The dilemma Oscar and Lucinda gives us is that if we follow our feelings and obsessions, we will break away from many silly and confining customs. But such devotion to feeling taken too far can lead a person to commit hideous acts. Oscar and Lucinda goes to the heart of many of these conflicts which are also touched upon by the fine film, The Piano, and by the more obvious and superficial Sirens.

With such weighty issues, there is much hand wringing guilt by several characters. And all of that gets in the way of the love story which was alright with me but may bother some.

There are a few novelistic touches (why use the flashback technique a la Fried Green Tomatoes at all) that felt unnecessary. But these are minor points. The talented director Gillian Armstrong finely crafts many of the scenes and keeps the story moving. As a final dilemma, even though Western Civilization has tragically spoiled much of the beauty of the natural world, it has also created beautiful, finely acted films such as this.


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USA | Australia | UK

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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