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An Ideal Husband (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 30 June 1999 (USA)
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Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed.... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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... Phipps
... Lord Arthur Goring
... Miss Mabel Chiltern
... Lady Gertrude Chiltern
... Tommy Trafford
... Countess
... Mrs. Laura Cheveley
... Lady Markby
Neville Phillips ... Mason
... Lord Caversham
... Sir Robert Chiltern
Nickolas Grace ... Vicomte de Nanjac
... Sir Edward
... Miss Danvers
... Lady Basildon
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Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed. Sir Robert turns for help to his friend Lord Goring, an apparently idle philanderer and the despair of his father. Goring knows the lady of old, and, for him, takes the whole thing pretty seriously. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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He just doesn't know it yet.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for brief sensuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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30 June 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un esposo ideal  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£492,309 (United Kingdom), 18 April 1999, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$198,802, 18 June 1999

Gross USA:

$18,535,191, 3 October 1999
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The first of three films based on works by Oscar Wilde directed by Oliver Parker. The other two are The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) and Dorian Gray (2009). See more »

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The Speaker is shown calling MPs to speak by naming their constituency ("The Honourable Member for Witney" etc). British MPs do address each other in this way, but the Speaker calls MPs to speak by naming them personally. See more »

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Mabel: Lord Goring, I gather you're to be congratulated.
Lord Arthur Goring: Well, there's nothing I like more than to be congratulated, though invariably I find the pleasure immeasurably increased when I know what for.
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Crazy Credits

The credits list Oliver Parker, the director, as playing "Bunbury", one of the gentlemen that is seen playing cards with Lord Goring in the Men's Club when Lord Chiltern arrives. Bunbury is also a never-seen character in "The Importance of Being Earnest", the play which is performed in the background of several scenes of this film. See more »

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Version of Ein idealer Gatte (1965) See more »

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Surprisingly good - surprisingly timely, terribly marketed
26 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

I saw "An Ideal Husband" at the Old Vic theater in London, and was surprised at the time how timely a 100 year old play could be.

When I saw the trailers, TV ads and posters for this version, it seemed like an entirely different story--will Rupert Everett get married off. That's certainly a thread in the movie, but in the marketing of this version, they made it appear as if it was the entire wardrobe.

I didn't see the film when it was in theaters because these ads, with their very modern music and fast cutting, made the film look like a joke.

But when it came out on video, I decided to try it, and am glad I did.

The film itself is excellent. Beautifully shot and paced, with an expert cast. Wilde's humor shines through, and the writer-director has done a wonderful job "opening" up the play into a film, without changing anything important. It's a masterful job of translating from stage to screen. It's really so crisply done, and very funny.

In years to come people will realise that this is a fine movie version of this play. And by then, hopefully, they will have either forgotten about the marketing campaign, or hopefully learned from it.

I recommend the film.


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