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A Good Woman (2004)

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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 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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Details

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

The aircraft in the last scene was a De Havilland Dragon Rapide DH-89A, noted by its nose landing light and the wind powered generator on the right wing leading edge. These aircraft were built sometime after April 1934. When Mrs. Erlynne handed back the check, the date written was September 1930. See more »

Quotes

Tuppy: Every saint has past, every sinner has a future.
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Connections

Version of ITV Playhouse: Lady Windermere's Fan (1967) 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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About a good Woman
2 August 2005 | by luisnevesSee all my reviews

I thought this was one of the best adaptations of a play to cinema. The way you are lured to believe throughout the first half of the picture the great deception on which Wilde first built his plot,which is the role of a woman of ill-repute portrayed by Helen Hunt, and her connection with Mr. Windermere, I find it to be a stroke of genius of both the original writer as well as the script's writer and the director. I suppose this is a great tribute Barker is making to Wilde himself, and to the theater that gave Wilde his fame and reputation. It all seems to me like a theatrical movie with great photography and music, but a play never the less. The actor's lines are of the highest quality a viewer can ever hope to listen, and the humor is so fluent you can glide trough the whole picture on a single laugh, apart from the more philosophical contents near the end, where you are struck by the conversion of that «evil» woman into a really good one. Truly great!!


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