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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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Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

Her Birthright Was Stolen. Her Dignity Taken. Her Rights Denied. Deception Was The Only Option. 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

Production Co:

Alcon Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

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

[first lines]
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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Written by Lisa Gerrard & Brendan Perry
Performed by Dead Can Dance
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc./4AD
By Arrangement with Warner Special Product
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The Affair of the Necklace
1 January 2007 | by alex-burchSee all my reviews

This was a movie I had always had a slight interest in seeing and never gotten around to it, then I eventually forced myself to rent it and I must say I really did enjoy it. For all the history buffs this is not a movie for them, but if you really just sit down and watch without analyzing every detail it is very enjoyable. The plot is very interesting and interwoven and for the most part the cast does an excellent job. My only exception was unfortunately Hilary Swank. I have always loved Hilary Swank, but she didn't seem to have a clear understanding of what she wanted to portray with Jeanne. Jonathan Pryce was absolutely fantastic as the cardinal. He conveyed a danger that was very subtle yet frightening at the same time. The costumes were amazing, and I was very happy to see some scenes actually shot in "The Hall of Mirrors." Charles Shyer didn't blow me away with his directing style and some shots seemed uneven and out of place, but it was in no way distracting. Overall, it's a movie that doesn't necessarily require you to think very much, but it is still enjoyable. I'd recommend it for a lazy afternoon next chance you get.


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