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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 »

Director:

Oliver Parker

Writers:

Oscar Wilde (play), Oliver Parker (screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Vaughan ... Phipps
Rupert Everett ... Lord Arthur Goring
Minnie Driver ... Miss Mabel Chiltern
Cate Blanchett ... Lady Gertrude Chiltern
Ben Pullen ... Tommy Trafford
Marsha Fitzalan ... Countess
Julianne Moore ... Mrs. Laura Cheveley
Lindsay Duncan ... Lady Markby
Neville Phillips Neville Phillips ... Mason
John Wood ... Lord Caversham
Jeremy Northam ... Sir Robert Chiltern
Nickolas Grace Nickolas Grace ... Vicomte de Nanjac
Simon Russell Beale ... Sir Edward
Anna Patrick ... Miss Danvers
Delia Lindsay ... Lady Basildon
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

He just doesn't know it yet.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un esposo ideal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "An Ideal Husband" by Oscar Wilde opened at the Lyceum Theatre on March 12, 1895. Broadway revivals were produced in 1918 and 1996. See more »

Goofs

In the establishing shot for the scenes in the House of Commons, the Palace of Westminster is shown from Westminster bridge but the Ayrton light is not lit. Since 1885 when either house is sitting after nightfall a green light should be visible above the clock face. See more »

Quotes

Mabel: Are you coming to the music room?
Lord Arthur Goring: No. Not if there's any music going on, Miss Mabel.
Mabel: Well, the music is in German, so you would not understand it.
Lord Arthur Goring: Quite so. Quite so.
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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 »

Connections

Version of An Ideal Husband (1947) See more »

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A delightful movie!
22 November 1999 | by Cos-5See all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie! It is fast-paced, funny, moving in parts, entertaining. Rupert Everett and Minnie Driver play their parts to perfection, and so do all the remaining actors. Costumes, music, photography, everything was excellent! I've not yet read the original play, so I cannot judge how close it is to it, but it is certainly very close to Wilde's spirit. Hilarious!


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