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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 (Helen Hunt) saves Lady Windemere (Scarlett Johansson) from making a grand social faux-pas with the scoundrelly Lord Darlington (Stephen Campbell Moore).

Director:

Mike Barker

Writers:

Oscar Wilde (play), Howard Himelstein (screenplay)
3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 (Helen Hunt), who describes herself as poor and infamous, driven from New York City society by jealous wives, sees a news photo of wealthy Lord Windermere (Mark Umbers) and his young wife (Scarlett Johansson). She heads for the Amalfi Coast to be amongst 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 twentieth birthday party approaches, where all plays out amidst numerous amoral Wildean aphorisms. Written by Huigh

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Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future. 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 USA:

$97,060, 5 February 2006

Gross USA:

$223,144
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Cast members are shown smoking filter tipped cigarettes which were not available in the 1930s. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Erlynne: If you go out the back, you'll never come in the front... A lady always leaves the way she came.
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Connections

Version of L'éventail de Lady Windermere (1961) See more »

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Who'll Buy an Old Gold Ring
Written by George Posford and Paul Boyle
Performed by Lew Stone and His Band (as Lew Stone and his Band)
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
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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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