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The Magnificent Ambersons (2002)

The spoiled rotten and utterly unlikable rich kid George Amberson becomes horrified when his recently widowed mother rekindles her relationship with the wealthy Eugene Morgan, who she left ... See full summary »

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Alfonso Arau

Writers:

Booth Tarkington (novel), Orson Welles
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Madeleine Stowe ... Isabel Amberson Minafer
Bruce Greenwood ... Eugene Morgan
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... George Amberson Minafer
Gretchen Mol ... Lucy Morgan
Jennifer Tilly ... Fanny Minafer
William Hootkins ... Uncle George
Dina Merrill ... Mrs. Johnson (as Dina Merrill-Hartley)
James Cromwell ... Major Amberson
Keith Allen Keith Allen ... George (Age 9)
Jane Brennan Jane Brennan ... Nurse
Laura Brennan Laura Brennan ... Lucy's Friend #2
Kelly Campbell ... Lucy's Companion
Michael Devaney Michael Devaney ... Eugene's Secretary
Mairead Devlin Mairead Devlin ... Nurse
Bernard Deegan Bernard Deegan ... Youth
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Storyline

The spoiled rotten and utterly unlikable rich kid George Amberson becomes horrified when his recently widowed mother rekindles her relationship with the wealthy Eugene Morgan, who she left decades earlier in order to marry George's father. As George struggles to sabotage his mother's new romance, he must deal with his own romantic feelings for Morgan's daughter and the consequences of his meddling as his once great family falls into ruin due to his machinations... Written by Jesse Baker

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Queda do Poder See more »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Was originally to be directed by veteran director Herbert Ross, but heart problems led to his exiting the film in early 2001. He never directed again and late in 2001 he died of congestive heart failure. See more »

Goofs

During George and Lucy's sleigh ride in town, George's lips frequently do not match what he's saying. See more »

Quotes

George Amberson Minafer: Pull down your vest, wipe off your chin and... go to hell!
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Connections

Version of Pampered Youth (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

O Mio Bambino Caro (Oh My Beloved Father)
from the opera "Gianni" Schicchi
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Giovacchino Forzano
[Played while Isabel Minafer Amberson awaits Morgan's arrival to go motoring]
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I liked it
15 May 2005 | by rosalindrSee all my reviews

I thought Jonathan Rhys Meyers performance as the snobbish, bullying, insecure Georgie was great. This guy bases his whole life on being the scion of a wealthy, upper crust family. When his family status drops, Georgie must find himself to escape from his arrogant dependence on his family name.

I found the romance between Bruce Greenwood and Madeline Stowe somewhat tepid. Stowe looked old, and hardly the radiant beauty that Greenwood remembers. However the critics who say that Georgie shouldn't have been able to break up his mother's romance don't understand the social climate of the time period.

The turn of the 19th to the 20th Century was an interesting time in America. Tarkington's book is about the changing social order, by showing the rise of self-made men over old money and lineage. I thought that was done very well in this production, but based on the other comments I appear to be in the minority.


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