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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 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: Lucy, I'm going to be gone for a very long time!
Lucy Morgan: [seeming cheerful] How long?
George Amberson Minafer: I don't know, I might never come back! My mother and I are going on a trip around the world.
Lucy Morgan: Why that sound like great fun!
George Amberson Minafer: But Lucy, I might never see you again!
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Connections

Referenced in Downton Abbey: Christmas at Downton Abbey (2011) 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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RKO ruined the orignal Orson Welles screenplay and turned what could have been a masterpiece (surpassing even "Citizen Kane") into an above-average flick. Its great photography and super
14 January 2002 | by dennis4See all my reviews

A disgraceful disservice to the memory of the creator of "Citizen Kane."

RKO executives mangled the original Orson Welles masterpiece, leaving in its place a very flawed but interesting work with trend-setting photography and a roster of superb performances. But the numerous plotholes sank it at the box office.

I had high hopes that the A&E mini-series might be able to capture some of the promise of Welles' vision. Instead of filling in the story gaps intelligently, this version drags in some sly Freudian references with mommy/son (GASP!) bedroom monkeyshines to explain the still-inexplicable behavior of scion George.

Making matters much, much worse is the hysterical, bug- eyed hamming of Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in the central role. Not much better is a very silly Jennifer Tilly as Aunt Fanny, a meaty role which earned Agnes Moorehead an Academy Award nomination.

This misbegotten, three-hour mess is a disaster for all concerned--especially the audience. And WHAT was with that insane snow-dance with the umbrellas?


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