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Effie Gray (2014)

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A look at the scandalous love triangle between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride Effie Gray, and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.

Director:

Richard Laxton

Writer:

Emma Thompson
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dakota Fanning ... Effie Gray
Polly Dartford ... Sophie Gray
Greg Wise ... John Ruskin
Tom Sturridge ... John Everett Millais
Tom Herriott Tom Herriott ... William Holman Hunt
Sam Churchill Sam Churchill ... Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Martin Keatman Martin Keatman ... Thomas Woolner
Chris Haggart Chris Haggart ... William Michael Rossetti
Alex Best ... James Collinson
George Laing George Laing ... Frederic Stephens
Patrick Doyle ... Wedding Minister
Peter Farr Peter Farr ... Mr. Gray (Effie's Father)
Nicola Draffan Nicola Draffan ... Mrs. Gray (Effie's Mother)
Tutu Jereissati Tutu Jereissati ... Flower Girl
Russell Tovey ... George
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Storyline

Based on the real-life scandal that shocked Victorian-era England, the film tells the story of Euphemia "Effie" Gray. At 19, she married the prominent art historian and critic John Ruskin, but Ruskin refused to consummate their marriage. Lonely and frustrated Effie is drawn to pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais, and finds a friend and champion in Lady Elizabeth Eastlake. After five years trapped in a loveless marriage, Effie will defy the rules of Victorian society... Written by L. Hamre

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic and sexual content, and some nudity | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Effie See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$108,254 (United Kingdom), 10 October 2014, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$161,728, 5 April 2015

Gross USA:

$343,257, 19 April 2015
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sovereign Films (II) See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The real Effie Gray was from Perth, Scotland. However, the film opted for an all English accent cast. See more »

Goofs

Effie Gray was married in 1848. In exterior shot, the train she then travels on is hauled by a locomotive of a design dating from 1934, consists of coaches dating from 1951 and is crossing a concrete viaduct the first of which was completed in 1898. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sophie Gray: [narrating] Once, a beautiful young girl lived in a very cold house in Scotland. The house was cold because someone's grandfather killed himself there. One day, the grandson came to visit the house. He thought the beautiful girl was an angel came down to Earth. The grandson worked very hard. He read and thought and drew and wrote. He wrote a fairy story just for her. She was twelve years old. His mother and father were kind, but his were wicked. When she grew up, he married her.
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Connections

Featured in Effie Gray: Interview with Emma Thompson (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

The Farmer's Servant
Performed by A.L. Lloyd
from the album "English Drinking Songs"
courtesy of Riverside Records
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A very good film.
7 August 2015 | by ThurzdayNextSee all my reviews

This is a film treated with the delicacy that the real circumstances must have required. Effie Gray, based on the true story of a teenager who marries John Ruskin (grown man and well-known author), comes to realize that she and her husband have varying expectations of marriage. She slowly begins to fade away as she makes all appearances of following the rules of her new, married life.

The movie is well-paced, quiet, and stylistically appropriate. Dakota Fanning does a wonderful job of portraying Effie's quiet despair, and you do forget that she is an American actor (her accent is good). Derek Jacobi makes a guest turn, towards the end, and, It's always a pleasure to see Emma Thompson in anything, let alone in a vehicle for a screenplay that she has written.

Well worth seeing.


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