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Grace of Monaco (2014)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 14 May 2014 (France)
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The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly's crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.

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Olivier Dahan

Writer:

Arash Amel (screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Grace
Tim Roth ... Prince Rainier
Frank Langella ... Francis Tucker
Paz Vega ... Maria Callas
Parker Posey ... Madge
Milo Ventimiglia ... Rupert Allan
Geraldine Somerville ... Princess Antoinette
Nicholas Farrell ... Jean-Charles Rey
Robert Lindsay ... Aristote Onassis
Derek Jacobi ... Count Fernando D'Aillieres (as Sir Derek Jacobi)
André Penvern ... Charles de Gaulle
Jeanne Balibar ... Countess Baciochi
Flora Nicholson Flora Nicholson ... Phyllis
Yves Jacques ... Mr. Delavenne
Olivier Rabourdin ... Emile Pelletier
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1961. Princess Grace, the former Grace Kelly, has been married to Prince Rainier of Monaco now for five years, they having two young children. Her transition from famed Oscar-winning Hollywood actress from a humble background as the daughter of a Philadelphia bricklayer to European princess of a small, exclusive and tight-knit principality has been a difficult one, the Monagasques who have been less than welcoming to her in her outspoken American nature. Even in her official charity work as head of a women's committee for the Red Cross, the other committee members largely grumble under their breath about her as their leader. Despite loving Rainier, their marriage is a largely distant one emotionally as he focuses on his role as monarch, now an especially difficult time in the on-going tension between Monaco and France under the leadership of Charles de Gaulle, who would, if he could, annex Monaco back under French control. She has a small entourage of trusted advisers who lead her ... Written by Huggo

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The greatest role Grace Kelly would ever play.


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Official site [Japan]

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France | Switzerland | Belgium | Italy

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English | French | Italian

Release Date:

14 May 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Grace de Mónaco See more »

Filming Locations:

Monaco See more »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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This film was selected as the opening film at the Cannes Film Festival. See more »

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On the map Russia's Baltic seaport is named "St. Petersburg". From 1924 to 1991, the city's name was "Leningrad". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chauffeur: Up here you can see the whole of Monaco, Mr. Hitchcock.
Hitchcock: Yes, I know.
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References Marnie (1964) See more »

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Miserere
Written by Gregorio Allegri
Performed by the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge
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A fiasco that utterly lacks Grace.
26 May 2015 | by JLA-2See all my reviews

I can't believe so many people have given this movie any stars. It's both ridiculous and inept. So, where to begin?

The idea that France would annex Monaco is treated with the world-shaking importance of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It's a spat about taxes. Hardly earth-shaking. Another crisis is whether Grace will return to Hollywood, beckoned by Hitchcock, to star in "Marnie." That movie was also a mess with Tippi Hedren and is certainly on the bottom of the Hitchcock oeuvre, alongside "Topaz". It would have been no better with Grace Kelly. The script meanders about with one poorly conceived scene after the next. None, even vaguely plausible. Do you think that people went around calling Rainier "Ray" and Grace "Gracie"? I think not.

As for Nicole Kidman, not for one minute does she look like Grace Kelly - or even seem to try. Kidman has red hair when Grace Kelly was one of the world's great blonds. Didn't anybody care? In addition, Kidman's face is as waxy as a polished dance floor. In endless, painful close-ups, Kidman looks like an ad for what can go wrong with too much Botox. She makes no effort to convey the famous Kelly, breathy speech pattern. And, while there are some beautiful gowns, her hair is simply unlike the way Princess Grace wore her hair. Real jewels from Cartier - with a nice product placement leaving the Paris store - can't make up for this plastic performance.

Tim Roth doesn't look like Rainier. Neither do the Onassis or Callas stand-ins. But why bother?

This is simply an insult to Monaco, to the memory of Le Princesse Grace, the craft of screen writing and the art of film making. This was jeered at its opening of the Cannes Film Festival. Rightfully so.


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