An Ideal Husband

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(out of 5)


A cast that is obviously having a great time is the real reason to watch this sumptuous adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s popular play. Oliver Smith’s screenplay, which opens up the original and tries to give it more breathing room, doesn’t always succeed, but the proceedings have so much vitality and class that you can’t help but enjoy yourself when watching it. is a thirtysomething bachelor who avoids the attentions of young because he’s enjoying single life too much. His best friend is happily married to in a relationship that involves simultaneous worship on both their parts. In comes conniving (a devilishly fun performance if ever she gave one) who blackmails Northam with a previous indiscretion in order to force him to use his government powers in favour of a canal investment scheme she has sunk most of her money into. Should Northam accept the offer and avoid a scandal? Will his marriage hold strong if he turns out not to be the ideal his wife holds him up to be? Let’s pay attention to Rupert and Minnie while we find out! Transition between storylines isn’t comfortable enough, but the period settings and plush costumes are too fantastic to let this take a real hit for any critical reasons. Everett is fabulously debonair, and as his father couldn’t be funnier.


United Kingdom/USA, 1999

Directed by

Screenplay by Oliver Parker, based on the play by

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by 

Film Editing by


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Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Julianne Moore)
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Rupert Everett)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actress (Julianne Moore)

National Board Of Review Award
Best Supporting Actress (Julianne Moore)

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Screenplay – Adapted
Best Costume Design
Best Make Up/Hair

European Film Award Nomination
Best European Actor (Rupert Everett)

Chicago Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actress (Julianne Moore)


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