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The Affair of the Necklace (2001)

In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace.

Director:

Charles Shyer

Writer:

John Sweet

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilary Swank ... Jeanne St. Remy de Valois
Jonathan Pryce ... Cardinal Louis de Rohan
Simon Baker ... Rétaux de Vilette
Adrien Brody ... Count Nicolas De La Motte
Brian Cox ... Minister Breteuil
Joely Richardson ... Marie-Antoinette
Christopher Walken ... Count Cagliostro
Hayden Panettiere ... Young Jeanne
Simon Kunz ... Minister of Titles
Paul Brooke ... Monsieur Bohmer
Peter Eyre ... Monsieur Bassenge
Frank McCusker Frank McCusker ... Abel Duphot
Simon Shackleton Simon Shackleton ... Louis XVI
Hermione Gulliford ... Nicole Leguay d'Oliva
Geoffrey Hutchings Geoffrey Hutchings ... President D'Aligre
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Storyline

Paris, 1786: a woman in court. The Crown murdered her father for his views about the poor, now Jeanne wants her home and good name back. She believes all can be set right if she can talk to the Queen, whose House Minister rebuffs her. With the help of a courtside gigolo, she learns to use what others desire to get what she wants. She needs a patron: with forged letters, she convinces Cardinal de Rohan she is the Queen's confidante and can help him regain royal favor. Jeanne conspires to have the Cardinal purchase a fabulous diamond necklace for the Queen. He delivers it to Jeanne for Marie Antoinette. If the scheme breaks down, what then? Might this affair spark revolution? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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queen | woman | necklace | france | desire | See All (160) »

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To avenge the murder of her family, one woman's passion for justice will bring down an empire..... See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Farlig intrig See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$125,523, 2 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$430,313, 13 January 2002
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Company Credits

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Alcon Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Hilary Swank, Christopher Walken, and Adrien Brody. See more »

Quotes

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Narrator: Napoleon wrote that military blunders and domestic catastrophes fanned the flames of the French Revolution. But the cu-de-gras was a curious palace scandal involving woman of nobility denied, a member of the royal family, and the most magnificent string of jewels in all of Europe. This notorious intrigue came to be known as, L'affaire du Collier.
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Connections

Version of Marie Antoinette (1938) See more »

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Aire A6 in G Minor
Written by William Lawes
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Dispassionate waste of film
14 July 2002 | by littlesbSee all my reviews

I love period dramas. I love the costumes, the sets, the horses, the street scenes. I love the fact that maybe I can learn a little bit about history along with being entertained. So it was with hope that I rented this movie even though it had only been in the theater two days and there were only two copies of it at Blockbuster (both bad signs). I understand now why no one had wanted anything to do with it from the beginning.

This film simply did not click. There was nothing in it that made me interested in or care about the protagonists. The main fault should go to the casting director who terribly miscast Hillary Swank as an 18th century French noblewoman. Don't get me wrong, I do like Hillary and have recently praised her depiction of the young cop in "Insomnia", but in "The Affair" she was like a fish out of water, too angular, too wooden and quite obviously a modern American actress faking an English accent depicting a French character.

Then we must blame the director, because the sense of tension in this film was minimal. This was a movie about a court intrigue where the stakes were huge both monetarily and punitively. Much more passion should have been injected, more fear, more highs, more lows, intense love and ferocious hate, anything to get the viewer engaged. That this was not done was unfortunate, because the film has a beautiful look to it and the sets and costumes do not disappoint.


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