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The Chaperone (2018)

Not Rated | | Drama | 29 March 2019 (USA)
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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)
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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.)
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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.

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One Trip Can Change Everything

Genres:

Drama

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UK | Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,150, 31 March 2019

Gross USA:

$600,654

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,541,223
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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 »

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The film seems to imply that Ruth St. Denis is jealous of Ted Shawn's attentions toward Louise Brooks, but Shawn was gay. St. Denis was also 12 years older than Shawn. See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Just Wild About Harry
Lyrics by Noble Sissle
Music by Eubie Blake
Sung by Lillias White
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Opening night in Sydney, Australia.
9 April 2019 | by carolethecatloverSee all my reviews

Saw this last night at the Orpheum in Sydney, Australia, and Ms McGovern (SO THIN!) was there to introduce it! It's a great film about an out-of-left-field topic. Witty, funny and Haley Lu Richards, (Who?) is a major find, perfect in the part. As is Ms McGovern, indeed it is perfectly cast in every part, even the smallest role looks like they belong in the time and place To all the Miranda Otto fans, sorry, she is onscreen for all of 2 minutes, and Blythe Danner for even less, but they add immensely to the texture of the film. This is a film without a message,(well, maybe 'don't wear corsets') with a minor story, and great costumes and it all adds up to WONDERFUL.


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