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An Ideal Husband (1999)

| Comedy, Romance | 1999 (UK)
Rising politician Robert Chiltern once sold secret information and is now being blackmailed by Laura Evely. She has proof and it will damage his career and marriage severely. Chiltern calls in the help of his friend Arthur Goring.


William P. Cartlidge (as Bill Cartlidge)


Oscar Wilde (play), William P. Cartlidge (adaptation) (as Bill Cartlidge)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Wilby ... Robert Chiltern
Sadie Frost ... Laura Cheveley
Jonathan Firth ... Arthur Goring
Trevyn McDowell ... Gertrude Chiltern
Robert Hardy ... Lord Caversham
Karen Hayley Karen Hayley ... Mabel Chiltern
Prunella Scales ... Lady Markby
Tyler Butterworth ... Phipps
Tamara Beckwith ... Margaret Marchmont
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson ... Olivia Basildon
Roger May Roger May ... Vicomte de Nanjac
Mark Gillis Mark Gillis ... Tommy Trafford
Tom McCabe Tom McCabe ... Baron Arnheim
Philip Clayton Smith ... Photographer (as Philip Clayton-Smith)
Portobello Portobello ... Pop Band


Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful politician, leading a happy life with his wife Gertrude. Gertrude loves him because of his honesty and she despises all men who did horrible things in the past and have to do other immoral deeds to cover up what they're ashamed of. One day a certain Mrs. Laura Evely barges in on a party Robert is attending. She disappeared from the London society six years ago, but is now back with a vengeance. Mrs. Evely has invested in a project that Robert already has denounced as swindle and in fact he wants to start a special commission investigating the matter. But Laura has some important information that will harm Roberts career and his relationship with his wife severely. Laura wants him to publicly support the project or else she will disclose the proof that Robert once sold secret information from the government to a speculator. Chiltern calls in the help of his good friend lord Arthur Goring. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Wilde's successful 1893 play opened in New York City, New York, USA on 12 March 1895, and there were two revival productions on Broadway. See more »

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Karen Hayley's riding gear by Rebecca at Swaine Adeney. Very special thanks to the shareholders of Wilde Films, plc. See more »


Version of Ideální manzel (2002) See more »

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Great Fun on set
6 November 2016 | by robertminter-51705See all my reviews

Having acted in this film I'd just like to say what a marvellous place it was for the short time we were there. Our scene was at Slough Town Hall, one of the first of the film. It was a large set with many extras, all the actors were there except Prunella Scales and Robert Hardy which was just as well as we had their trailers! The enormous set was made up for the day to look directly as us, the band Portabello (often spelt Portobello, even in the credits!). We had to mime four songs over and over again in their entirety while everyone waltzed to them. It was a great day and we met the whole cast, and I was even interviewed by Melanie Sykes of Channel 4.

I went to the premier in London and was treated as a member of the cast by the cast and media – our scenes start with my face filling the screen for a few seconds before panning out to see the band, a very proud moment for my mother who was there with me.

Pity it turned out the way it did, it's not a bad film but it has its flaws. Our manager at the time neglected to get a royalty worked out so the 4 song soundtrack and air time didn't return us any favours. I had to buy a copy from Amazon.

Robert Minter, Portabello, soundcloud.com/tags/Robert%20Minter

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