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Tulip Fever (2017)

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An artist falls for a young married woman while he's commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.

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Justin Chadwick

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Deborah Moggach (screenplay by), Tom Stoppard (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alicia Vikander ... Sophia Sandvoort
Dane DeHaan ... Jan van Loos
Jack O'Connell ... Willem Brok
Holliday Grainger ... Maria
Tom Hollander ... Dr Sorgh
Matthew Morrison ... Mattheus
Kevin McKidd ... Johan De Bye
Douglas Hodge ... Nicholas Steen
Joanna Scanlan ... Mrs Overvalt
Zach Galifianakis ... Gerrit
Judi Dench ... Abbess
Christoph Waltz ... Cornelis Sandvoort
David Harewood ... Mr Prater
Alexandra Gilbreath ... Lysbeth
Cara Delevingne ... Annetje
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Storyline

In 17th Century Amsterdam, an orphaned girl Sophia (Alicia Vikander) is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant Cornelis Sandvoort (Christoph Waltz) - an unhappy "arrangement" that saves her from poverty. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter Jan Van Loos (Dane DeHaan), a struggling young artist. Seeking to escape the merchant's ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom. Written by lament

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Rated R for sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Febre das Tulipas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,425,664, 16 November 2017
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 2004, director John Madden was lining up the movie with Keira Knightley and Jude Law to star, with a script by Tom Stoppard. Once tax incentives for production in UK disappeared, the project was cancelled. Some sets had already been constructed and 12,000 tulips had to be dead-headed. Soon after that, director Peter Chelsom tried to get it made, and he didn't fare any better. Then in 2011, Tom Hooper considered it among a handful of other projects as his followup to The King's Speech (2010) before deciding on Les Misérables (2012). In July 2013, Justin Chadwick was announced as the director. See more »

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Maria: [narration] Before you were born, Amsterdam was captivated by a flower: the tulip. They came from far away in the East and were so rare and beautiful that people lost their senses in wanting to own them. Rich and poor were spending and borrowing money to join the trade in bulbs, which were going up in price all the time. None more so than the rare striped tulips that were called breakers. A new breaker came from nowhere like an act of God, and it changed people's lives. A white ...
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Tulip Flu
11 September 2017 | by tigerfish50See all my reviews

'Tulip Fever' transforms a promising idea into Dutch farce as its script heaps unnecessary complications onto a tale of marital infidelity in 17th century Amsterdam. The film opens with beautiful penniless Sophia being married off to a wealthy middle-aged merchant who desires a male heir. After three years have passed and no child has appeared, the merchant commissions a double portrait of himself and his young wife for posterity.

When Sophia unwisely falls for the debt-laden artist, everything seems nicely set up for some intense domestic double-dealing, but director Chadwick drowns the narrative in a torrent of subplots. While Sophia cavorts with the artist in his garret, her maid has been dallying with a fishmonger in the scullery. Before too long, the lovers of both mistress and servant are speculating in Holland's tulip-mania bubble to improve their fortunes and romantic prospects. Meanwhile, the two women hatch an implausible plan to deal with their own problems. As the scheming becomes increasingly absurd, the story falls apart and the actors lose faith in their characters. Long before the end, most of the audience will have joined them, as the resolution to all the financial intrigues and amorous chicanery turns the final act into slapstick melodrama.


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