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A Good Woman (2004)

PG | | Drama, Comedy, Romance | 13 May 2005 (UK)
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While retaining her secret identity, the illustrious Mrs. Erlynne (Hunt) saves Lady Windemere (Johansson) from making a grand social faux-pas with the scoundrelly Lord Darlington (Moore).

Director:

Mike Barker

Writers:

Oscar Wilde (play), Howard Himelstein (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Hunt ... Mrs. Erlynne
Scarlett Johansson ... Meg Windermere
Milena Vukotic ... Contessa Lucchino
Stephen Campbell Moore ... Lord Darlington
Mark Umbers ... Robert Windemere
Roger Hammond ... Cecil
John Standing ... Dumby
Tom Wilkinson ... Tuppy
Giorgia Massetti ... Alessandra
Diana Hardcastle ... Lady Plymdale
Shara Orano Shara Orano ... Francesca
Jane How Jane How ... Mrs. Stutfield
Bruce McGuire ... Waiter Joe
Michael Stromme Michael Stromme ... Hotel Desk Clerk
Antonio Barbaro Antonio Barbaro ... Paulo
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Storyline

In 1930, Mrs. Erlynne, who describes herself as poor and infamous, driven from New York society by jealous wives, sees a news photo of wealthy Lord Windermere and his young wife: she heads for the Amalfi Coast to be among the rich and famous for 'the season' and to snare Mr. Windermere. Gossips twitter as he spends his afternoons with her, his wife blissfully innocent as she blushingly fends off attentions from a young English nobleman, an international playboy who thinks he's in love. Mrs. Erlynne is also pursued by a worldly-wise older English nobleman. Mrs. Windermere's 20th birthday party approaches, where all plays out amid numerous amoral Wildean aphorisms. Written by Huigh

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Taglines:

Seduction. Sex. Scandal. She's the talk of the town. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Italy | Spain | Luxembourg | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 May 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mujer seductora, amante perfecta See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£130,193 (United Kingdom), 15 May 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$97,060, 5 February 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$223,144, 19 February 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"A Good Woman" is a theatrical version of Oscar Wilde's 1892 four-act comedy, "Lady Windermere's Fan." See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Meg is painting her nails (after discovering her husband has been writing checks to Mrs. Erlynne), the nail varnish clearly has a gray plastic lid, which wouldn't have been available in this era. See more »

Quotes

Lord Darlington: I like America. Name me another society that's gone from barbarism to decadence without bothering to create a civilization in between.
Tuppy: A tribute to American efficiency.
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Connections

Version of El abanico de Lady Windermere (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Prendi:L'anel Ti Dono
Written by Vincenzo Bellini, Public Domain
Performed by Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala (as The La Scala Orchestra) featuring Tito Schipa (tenor) & Toti Dal Monte (Soprano)
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A very engaging film with some memorable performances
21 May 2005 | by jebrookeSee all my reviews

I almost didn't bother to see this, but I'm pleased that I did.

As noted by other comment writers, the strength of this film is the two fine performances of Helen Hunt and Tom Wilkinson, especially Wilkinson in the role of Tuppy.

The film suffers the usual foibles of a stage adaptation, with some scenes seeming very contrived, as the characters linger at bars and exchange witticisms. On the other hand the writer and director have made a serious effort to address this problem and succeed in parts, (Lady Windermere and Lord Darlington's stroll through the fish sellers is a memorable example).

I am not familiar with the original play and especially towards the end was quite swept along by the narrative tension, which again was a very pleasant surprise.

So in conclusion, a clever little story, some fine performances and a stack of Wilde's incisive aphorisms on the vagaries of the human condition. What's not too like? It deserves to be widely seen, so get out and see it before it's too late!


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