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Relative Values (2000)

PG | | Comedy | 23 June 2000 (UK)
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A man returns home with his bride-to-be, an actress, who turns out to be the sister of his family's maid.


Eric Styles


Noël Coward (play) (as Noel Coward), Paul Rattigan | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Andrews ... Felicity Marshwood
Edward Atterton ... Nigel Marshwood
William Baldwin ... Don Lucas
Colin Firth ... Peter Ingleton
Stephen Fry ... Frederick Crestwell
Sophie Thompson ... Dora Moxton 'Moxie'
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Miranda Frayle / Freda Birch
Stephanie Beacham ... Elizabeth
Gaye Brown Gaye Brown ... Lady Hayling
Anwen Carlisle Anwen Carlisle ... Alice
Kathryn Dimery Kathryn Dimery ... Mrs Crane
Charles Edwards ... Phillip Bateman-Tobias
Michael Higgs ... Film director
John Hinnigan John Hinnigan ... Stable boy
Patrick Marley Patrick Marley ... Hawkins


A comedy of discriminating taste and dirty little secrets, the story is set in 1952 England, where Nigel, Earl of Marshwood (Edward Atterton), woos Hollywood star Miranda Frayle (Jeanne Tripplehorn), upsetting his mother, Countess Felicity of Marshwood (Dame Julie Andrews), and her former love, fellow Hollywood star Don Lucas (William Baldwin). Right before the engagement party to be held at Marshwood, Dora Moxton "Moxie" (Sophie Thompson), the Countess' personal maid and best friend, reveals that Miranda is her estranged sister. Frederick Crestwell (Stephen Fry), the Countess' butler, quickly devises a plan, but an inebriated Lucas' arrival at Marshwood to try to talk to Miranda causes all chaos to break loose. Written by Q. Leo Rahman

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Rated PG for language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


While filming on the Isle of Man in 1999, the cast joined members of the public to watch the eclipse. This provoked such surprise that more people ended up watching Dame Julie Andrews than the eclipse. See more »


Don Lucas: [When asked what his new film is about] It's about a bum.
Felicity Marshwood: Curious subject for a motion picture.
Peter: Felicity, bum doesn't mean quite the same thing in America as it does in England.
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Referenced in QI: Film (2009) See more »


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An absolutely charming, very funny film!
18 October 2004 | by GaryWangSee all my reviews

For anyone who enjoys British class distinctions and the upstairs-downstairs culture of life among the manor born, this stylish tale of a Hollywood actress who is preparing to marry into a quirky aristocratic family is sumptuously designed and a great deal of fun. Julie Andrews shines, as does Jeanne Triplehorn and Stephen Fry as the butler who is impeccably correct amid the chaos which ensues when things inevitably begin to go awry. It is a farce that absolutely works. The 1950s era is captured with elegant attention to detail and the characters, for all their foibles, are likable and thoroughly engaging. Great entertainment for anyone who is lucky enough to happen upon it!

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23 June 2000 (UK) See more »

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Gente con clase See more »

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