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The Governess (1998)

R | | Drama, Romance | 31 July 1998 (USA)
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When the father of privileged Rosina da Silva violently dies, she decides to pass herself off as a gentile and finds employment with a family in faraway Scotland. Soon she and the family ... See full summary »

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Sandra Goldbacher
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Minnie Driver ... Rosina da Silva
Tom Wilkinson ... Mr. Charles Cavendish
Florence Hoath Florence Hoath ... Clementina Cavendish
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Henry Cavendish
Harriet Walter ... Mrs. Cavendish
Arlene Cockburn Arlene Cockburn ... Lily Milk, the Maid
Emma Bird Emma Bird ... Rebecca
Adam Levy ... Benjamin
Countess Koulinskyi Countess Koulinskyi ... Aunt Sofka (as The Countess Koulinskyi)
Bruce Myers Bruce Myers ... Rosina's Father
Diana Brooks Diana Brooks ... Rosina's Mother
Raymond Brody Raymond Brody ... Litnoff
Olga Olga ... Leonora
Cyril Shaps ... Doctor
Kendal Cramer Kendal Cramer ... Young Rosina
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Storyline

When the father of privileged Rosina da Silva violently dies, she decides to pass herself off as a gentile and finds employment with a family in faraway Scotland. Soon she and the family father, Charles, start a passionate secret affair. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Governanta See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,799, 2 August 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,900,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

This film is set around 1840. In the first scene in which the two main characters become intimate, you hear a zipper as Mr. Cavendish begins to undress. The zipper was not invented until 1891. See more »

Quotes

Mary Blackchurch: You ask a lot of questions.
Henry Cavendish: Then you ask me one. Anything you like.
Mary Blackchurch: Why are you really back from Oxford?
Henry Cavendish: I was found in an opium den in Spitalfield with a whore.
[both laugh]
Henry Cavendish: You don't believe me and you're not surprised.
Mary Blackchurch: No.
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The Box Camera
Vocals by Ofra Haza
Ofra Haza performs courtesy of BMG Ariola Germany.
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The driver peeks out, trying to find one face in this concrete world full of souls.
26 July 1999 | by shankarSee all my reviews

I quite enjoyed this movie. Sure, my mind wandered a lot because the story is hardly gripping. I'm also positive I won't remember much about it next week, except that Minnie Driver's talent and beauty is stunning. STUNNING. I did also feel that the leading man was poorly cast. He did not seem to me a person that a young, vibrant woman would fall for. I'm sure the script called for a older man, but age wasn't the problem. He just didn't seem to fit in with Minnie Driver. Nonetheless, the whole movie was excellently shot and wonderfully acted and extremely high quality, but conversely it's regrettably forgettable. (That's a nice phrase, no?)


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