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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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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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Drama

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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

[repeated line]
George Amberson Minafer: Out of my way!
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Connections

Version of Pampered Youth (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

Nueve Puntos
by Carlos Di Sarli
[Tango played during Amberson ball]
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A good A&E pictures movie about a wealthy 19th century American family.
14 January 2002 | by VENEZIADOGESee all my reviews

The Magnificent Ambersons is one in a long line of A&E TV movies that have been done well, to very well. The cast including James Cromwell is impressive and essentially makes the movie. The acting, with the exception of Cromwell, is a bit sophomoric at times, but overall is very good.

The movie's theme is a bit like a Dickensian novel with the son, and his journey through life as the focus. It story plays off of the character traits of the family members, and how they impact this well-entrenched and highly interdependent family. It follows like a Dickens story from start to finish, with the very best traits of the protagonists being shown in the end, even if not apparent at first. It also had some elements of Titanic in it, in that it showed America's Gilded Age, and some new technologies that were transforming the nation. The scenery is excellent and is accurate of the late 1800s through early 1900s.

The cast is really what makes this version of The Magnificent Ambersons. The directing is good as well, and brings out the best of the story. I would give it a 4 out of 5 for TV movies.


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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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