An Ideal Husband (1999 film)
|An Ideal Husband|
|Directed by||Oliver Parker|
|Produced by||Barnaby Thompson|
|Written by||Oliver Parker|
|Based on||An Ideal Husband|
by Oscar Wilde
|Music by||Charlie Mole|
|Edited by||Guy Bensley|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
|Box office||£2,891,515 (in UK)|
An Ideal Husband is a 1999 film based on the 1895 play An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde. The film stars Jeremy Northam, Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, Minnie Driver and Cate Blanchett. It was directed by Oliver Parker.
Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed. Sir Robert turns to his friend Lord Goring for help, an apparently idle philanderer and the despair of his father. Goring knows the lady of old and the plot to help his friend has unintended consequences.
The plot of the film differs from the original Wilde play in a number of key respects. The episode of Mrs Cheveley's lost bracelet was removed, and the twists at the end are made more complex by the introduction of a bet between Lord Goring and Mrs Cheveley, and Lord Goring's need to ask the permission of Sir Robert Chiltern to marry his sister, Miss Mabel Chiltern.
- Cate Blanchett – Lady Gertrude Chiltern
- Minnie Driver – Miss Mabel Chiltern
- Rupert Everett – Lord Arthur Goring
- Julianne Moore – Mrs. Laura Cheveley
- Jeremy Northam – Sir Robert Chiltern
- John Wood – Lord Caversham
- Peter Vaughan – Phipps
- Ben Pullen – Tommy Trafford
- Marsha Fitzalan – Countess
- Lindsay Duncan – Lady Markby
- Neville Phillips – Mason
- Nickolas Grace – Vicomte de Nanjac
- Simon Russell Beale – Sir Edward
- Anna Patrick – Miss Danvers
- Delia Lindsay – Lady Basildon
The film received positive reviews from critics. Paper Magazine called it a "Witty comedy". It received a positive review from Roger Ebert. Entertainment Weekly called it "Delightful". The New York Observer said it was "Immensly entertaining". On RottenTomatoes.com it has a positive review rating of 86% Fresh.
Julianne Moore was nominated for the Chicago Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, and a Golden Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical. Moore won the National Board of Review award for Supporting Actress for her performances.
Everett received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
The film was nominated for awards in three BAFTA categories: Oliver Parker for Best Adapted Screenplay, Caroline Harris for Best Costume Design, and Peter King for Best Make-up and Hair.
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