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The Golden Bowl (2000)

A man marries an heiress for her money even though he is actually in love with her friend.

Director:

James Ivory

Writers:

Henry James (novel), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Beckinsale ... Maggie Verver
James Fox ... Colonel Bob Assingham
Anjelica Huston ... Fanny Assingham
Nick Nolte ... Adam Verver
Jeremy Northam ... Prince Amerigo
Madeleine Potter ... Lady Castledean
Uma Thurman ... Charlotte Stant
Nicholas Day ... Lord Castledean
Peter Eyre ... A.R. Jarvis, Shopkeeper
Nickolas Grace Nickolas Grace ... Lecturer
Robin Hart Robin Hart ... Mr. Blint
Daniel Byam Shaw Daniel Byam Shaw ... Principino at Five Years
Francesco Giuffrida Francesco Giuffrida ... Duke's Younger Son
Marta Paola Richeldi Marta Paola Richeldi ... The Duchess
Rossano Rubicondi Rossano Rubicondi ... Duke's Older Son
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Storyline

Adam Verver, a US billionaire in London, dotes on daughter Maggie, an innocent abroad. An impecunious Italian, Prince Amerigo, marries her even though her best friend, Charlotte Stant, an alabaster beauty with brains, no money, and a practical and romantic nature, is his lover. She and Amerigo keep it secret from Maggie that they know each other, so Maggie interests her widowed father in Charlotte, who is happy with the match because she wants to be close to Amerigo. Charlotte desires him, the lovers risk discovery, Amerigo longs for Italy, Maggie wants to spare her father pain, and Adam wants to return to America to build a museum. Amidst lies and artifice, what fate awaits adulterers? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a sex scene | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Merchant Ivory Productions

Country:

USA | France | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La coupe d'or See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

FRF 1,833,043 (France), 20 September 2000, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$90,170, 29 April 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,037,579, 5 August 2001
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to costume designer John Bright, Cosprop provided lace and sequined dresses for the principal actresses: 28 outfits for Uma Thurman, 15 for Anjelica Huston and 20 for Kate Beckinsale. See more »

Goofs

When the merchant delivers the golden bowl to Charlotte, he examines two pictures on the table behind the sofa. As he sets them down, the one on the right (seen from behind it) is placed so that it scrunches up the cloth runner. After Charlotte arrives, and he is explaining the coincidence of the subject couple asking about the bowl, the picture is seen again (from the front) and the cloth runner is smooth, as if recently ironed. See more »

Quotes

Adam Verver: Of course. No-one would dream of burying a queen while she was still alive.
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Crazy Credits

grateful thanks to Lord Tollemache and family; Frances, Duchess of Rutland; The Duke of Northumberland See more »

Connections

Version of The Golden Bowl (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Wall Street Rag
Written by Scott Joplin
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Uma Thurman stands out in the film
27 December 2008 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about the complicated love life between four people bound by blood, marriage and lust.

The plot is rather simple and plainly told, but it is made up for by the lush costumes and visuals. It is delightful to see so many extravagant period dresses in each scene, I felt I was watching a fashion show! Uma Thurman's dresses are the most remarkable, her peacock costume and the white curly hat stand out from the crowd. Her heart wrenching performance proves she has great acting skills to parallel her extraordinary beauty.

Scenes in "The Golden Bowl" are thoughtfully constructed and thoughtfully decorated. The palace rooms are maximally decorated with flowers, paintings and sculptures; providing a visual feast of luxury and grandeur.

"The Golden Bowl" is well worth watching just for the grand sets and lavish costumes.


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