6.3/10
384
15 user 19 critic

The Chaperone (2018)

Not Rated | | Drama | 29 March 2019 (USA)
Trailer
1:47 | Trailer
In the early 1920s, a Kansas woman finds her life forever changed when she accompanies a young dancer on her fame-seeking journey to New York City.

Director:

Michael Engler

Writers:

Julian Fellowes (screenplay by), Laura Moriarty (based on the book by)
Reviews
Popularity
4,937 ( 276)
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Red Joan (2018)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the KGB's longest-serving British spy.

Director: Trevor Nunn
Stars: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Stephen Campbell Moore
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Lauren and Ned are engaged, they are in love, and they have just ten days to find Lauren's mother who has gone AWOL somewhere in the remote far north of Australia, reunite her parents and pull off their dream wedding.

Director: Wayne Blair
Stars: Alan Rickman, Gwilym Lee, Kerry Fox
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Ed Hemsler spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come. Ronnie Meisner spends her life shopping for things she may never use. These two people will try to find love.

Director: Noble Jones
Stars: John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Derek Cecil
All Is True (2018)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A look at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A woman raises her young grandson after her daughter goes missing.

Director: Jake Scott
Stars: Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Sienna Miller
Ode to Joy (2019)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Charlie has a neurological disorder so strong emotions, especially joy, make him faint. He lives with his brother. Working as librarian gives him a quiet environment but then Francesca enters the library and his life.

Director: Jason Winer
Stars: Morena Baccarin, Martin Freeman, Melissa Rauch
The Aftermath II (2019)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Post World War II, a British colonel and his wife are assigned to live in Hamburg during the post-war reconstruction, but tensions arise with the German who previously owned the house.

Director: James Kent
Stars: Keira Knightley, Ned Wills, Pandora Colin
Late Night (2019)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A late night talk show host suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show.

Director: Nisha Ganatra
Stars: Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow
Wild Rose (2018)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A troubled young Glaswegian woman dreams of becoming a Nashville country star.

Director: Tom Harper
Stars: Jessie Buckley, Matt Costello, Jane Patterson
Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Dramatization of the little known side of the writer Emily Dickinson's life, in particular, her relationship with another woman.

Director: Madeleine Olnek
Stars: Molly Shannon, Susan Ziegler, Amy Seimetz
Amazing Grace (2018)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A documentary presenting Aretha Franklin with choir at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972.

Directors: Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack
Stars: Aretha Franklin, James Cleveland, Southern California Community Choir
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The story of Rudolf Nureyev's defection to the West.

Director: Ralph Fiennes
Stars: Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hofmann
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth McGovern ... Norma
Haley Lu Richardson ... Louise
Géza Röhrig ... Joseph
Victoria Hill ... Myra Brooks
Campbell Scott ... Alan
Blythe Danner ... Mary O'Dell
Andrew Burnap ... Floyd
Miranda Otto ... Ruth St. Dennis
Robbie Fairchild ... Ted Shawn (as Robert Fairchild)
Matt McGrath ... Raymond
Daisy Pugh-Weiss ... Young Greta (as Daisy Ann Pugh)
Sean Hudock ... Young Man
Jayne Houdyshell ... Sister Delores
Meg Heus ... Nun
Robert Ray Manning Jr. ... Man #1 (as Robert Manning Jr.)
Edit

Storyline

In this handsome period piece perfectly suited for cinephiles of all stripes, director Michael Engler (Downton Abbey, 30 Rock, Six Feet Under) and screenwriter Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, Gosford Park) bring a fascinating slice of pre-Hollywood history to light in a coming-of-age story centering on the relationship between the young, free-spirited and soon-to-be international screen starlet Louise Brooks (a riveting, high-intensity Haley Lu Richardson) and her tee-totalling chaperone (a wonderfully nuanced Elizabeth McGovern). On their journey from the conservative confines of Wichita Kansas to the flash and sizzle of New York City, both women are driven by a kindred desire for self-discovery and liberation from the past. Based on the book by Laura Moriarty and anchored by a superb supporting cast (Miranda Otto, Géza Röhrig, and Blythe Danner in a key cameo), The Chaperone is a sensitive, resonant, and illuminating tale of women's lives in the early 20th century.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Taglines:

One Trip Can Change Everything

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK | Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chaperone See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,150, 31 March 2019

Gross USA:

$600,654

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,541,223
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although it is not identified as such, the musical that Norma and Louise attend is Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake's "Shuffle Along." See more »

Goofs

Norma's Midwestern accent comes and goes. See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Just Wild About Harry
Lyrics by Noble Sissle
Music by Eubie Blake
Sung by Lillias White
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Julian Fellowes certainly knows his audience
25 August 2019 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

The creator of Downton Abbey wrote the screenplay for The Chaperone, a story ostensibly about legendary silent screen star Louise Brooks' first trip to New York. Louise's cultured and elitist mother has big dreams for her daughter, which won't happen if she stays in Wichita. Louise (Haley Lu Richardson) can go to New York only if accompanied by a chaperone, and Elizabeth McGovern's Norma eagerly volunteers, for reasons later revealed. Richardson transforms wonderfully, capturing Lulu's energy and insouciance. Brooks quickly becomes the star pupil at the Denishawn Dance School, holds court at a swank Speakeasy called the Velvet Cat, and resents being told what to do by Norma, whom she likes but doesn't necessarily respect. The push-pull between Norma and Louise is a highlight.

Norma, with her nineteenth century sense of propriety, lives in quiet disappointment and repressed anger. Shocked by what she caught her husband (an excellent Campbell Scott) doing, and haunted by murky childhood memories, in which she was abandoned at a Catholic orphanage, waiting for adoption. The only thing that excites her is tracking down her birth mother and pining for a late life renewal. The film has a pleasing symmetry in how the two women's stories are told: For Brooks, it's just beginning, but also for Norma, in a feel-good twist of irony that is so very Downtonesque.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed