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The Serpent's Kiss (1997)

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Young Dutch landscape architect Meneer Chrome comes to a remote English estate where Thomas Smithers lives with his wife, Juliana. Smithers is determined to leave as his legacy a fabulous ... See full summary »

Director:

Philippe Rousselot

Writer:

Tim Rose Price (original screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ewan McGregor ... Meneer Chrome
Greta Scacchi ... Juliana
Pete Postlethwaite ... Thomas Smithers
Richard E. Grant ... James Fitzmaurice
Carmen Chaplin ... Thea / Anna
Donal McCann ... Physician
Charley Boorman ... Secretary
Gerard McSorley ... Mr. Galmoy
Britta Smith ... Mrs. Galmoy
Susan Fitzgerald Susan Fitzgerald ... Mistress Clevely
Pat Laffan ... Pritchard
Rúaidhrí Conroy ... Physician's Assistant
Henry King Henry King ... Lead Reaper
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Byrne David Byrne ... Garden Boy
Caimin Danaher Caimin Danaher ... Garden Boy
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Young Dutch landscape architect Meneer Chrome comes to a remote English estate where Thomas Smithers lives with his wife, Juliana. Smithers is determined to leave as his legacy a fabulous garden, to be carved from a wild patch of land beside his home. Chrome receives written instructions from his unseen master via a secretary, and the master is Juliana's cousin, Fitzmaurice, who had romance with Juliana when they were young and plans to make Thomas bankrupt via setting up extravagant garden and to make Juliana come back to him. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Ewan McGregor met his best friend Charley Boorman while making this movie. See more »

Quotes

Madam Clevely: Any flowers?
Chrome: This is an Anglo-Dutch garden, madam, with French influence. We have progressed from flowers. A garden is a celebration of art's triumph over nature.
Fitzmaurice: We shall be the fucking flowers. We shall provide the color and scent as we walk among the gravel paths.
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A nicely executed but highly typical costume drama for those in the mood.
28 May 2002 | by TheVidSee all my reviews

This watchable, derivative, turn-of-the-century piece has a good cast, which could perform this kind of script in their sleep. You can't help but think of THE DRAUGHTMAN'S CONTRACT and ANGEL AND INSECTS all the while you watch it. There's no harm in enjoying this sumptuous film, but remember it's all been done before and better. I'd say Scacchi is the standout here.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1997 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A kígyó csókja See more »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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