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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 »

Director:

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 ... 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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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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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: I intend to find out why!
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Connections

Referenced in Downton Abbey: Christmas at Downton Abbey (2011) See more »

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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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If you liked the book, you'll despise this.
9 October 2004 | by imdb-4671See all my reviews

Of course, even watching the Wells' version was like watching a completely different story than the actual Tarkington novel. The novel is so full of subtlety and nuance (and narration) that I suppose it would be hard for any film to capture it. But this TV flick seems to have been bourne out of some sort of bizarre class called Freud 101. A protective son, yes, but incestuous overtones??? By the way, where is the Midwest? It may have been an affluent family, but early-20th century Indianapolis bore no resemblance to this. Misty moors? Grand hilltop vistas? It's the Midwest for crying out loud! There were wooded estates then as now, but the book is rather specific in describing very public homes that were not removed from the peering eyes of the masses. It was kind of a main point.

Now, if one were to simply avoid comparison with the book, I suppose it could have worked rather nicely as a Lifetime/Harlequin movie. The settings, scenes, and costumes were all rather pleasant in an escapist way.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2002 (USA) See more »

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A Queda do Poder See more »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)
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