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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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Storyline

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

Never theatrically released in the UK, or Ireland, where it was filmed See more »

Quotes

Chrome: I want no more part of it.
Fitzmaurice: For one who so enjoys outdoor activity, you are surprisingly unconcerned for your freedom.
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References The Draughtsman's Contract (1982) See more »

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I'm not sure where it was going but I think it got there
25 August 2002 | by cghoover8See all my reviews

I found both script and acting to be painfully bad for the first half hour or so, but things seemed to take a turn for the better after Meneer Chrome lost his wig (no, seriously). Scacchi was as glorious as ever; McGregor was as enjoyable as ever; and the other three principles each held down their corner of the story. The biggest weakness was the garden itself - it seems like the filmmakers were even less able to afford Chrome's vision than Smithers was, with a result that was more suited to a stage production than a movie. I'm not convinced that this movie was a good use of two hours of my time, but I also find that I can't get some of the imagery out of my head - generally recommended if you have patience with period pieces and like movies that ask more questions than they answer.


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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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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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