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An Ideal Husband [DVD] [1999]

Cate Blanchett , Minnie Driver , Oliver Parker    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, Jeremy Northam
  • Directors: Oliver Parker
  • Producers: Uri Fruchtmann, Bruce Davey, Barnaby Thompson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 10 April 2000
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004S8GV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,557 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



For truly clever dialogue and a smartly structured plot, you can't go wrong with Oscar Wilde. Wilde's play An Ideal Husband is not his best known, but this film adaptation has all the wit you could ask for and a cast with the chops to deliver it: Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth, Oscar and Lucinda), Julianne Moore (Boogie Nights, Short Cuts), Minnie Driver (Grosse Pointe Blank, Big Night), Jeremy Northam (The Winslow Boy, Emma), and especially Rupert Everett (My Best Friend's Wedding, A Midsummer Night's Dream), who tosses off perfect epigrams with unflappable aplomb. The plot hinges on Northam, a member of Parliament (the British governing body, not the funk band) with a skeleton in his closet who is blackmailed into a shady business deal by a lady of mystery (Moore), who turns out to be a loathed school chum of the parliamentarian's wife (Blanchett). Everything is resolved happily, but not until after some devious twists of fate, several mistaken identities, lots of comic banter, and much social skewering. Wilde, whose troubled life and public exposure of his homosexuality is chronicled in the movie Wilde (1997), has a sharp eye for hypocrisy and the artificial poses demanded by society--but political commentary never gets in the way of a smart laugh. Visually sumptuous and briskly paced, An Ideal Husband will satisfy anyone looking for social satire or romantic comedy. --Bret Fetzer,

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This screen adaptation of the celebrated Oscar Wilde play stars Rupert Everett as Lord Arthur Goring, a playboy who becomes embroiled in a scandal, both personal and political, when his best friend Sir Robert Chiltern MP (Jeremy Northam) is blackmailed by the devious Laura Chevely (Julianne Moore). Whilst attempting to aid his friend, Arthur becomes socially entangled with both Mabel Chiltern (Minnie Driver) and Laura, the latter enticing him with a tempting wager. The subsequent misunderstandings cause farcical repercussions to be felt around their entire social circle.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously underrated film 11 Sep 2006
This is the sort of film that you really want to own. It loses nothing and gains detail the more often you watch it. Rupert Everett's lack of leading roles is a great loss to film, as he has the looks, timing and presence to carry off any number of romantic leads. I don't see what an actor's private proclivities have to do with what they portray on screen - Cary Grant being an interesting topic in that respect. Anyway, it's a fantastic script, a good plot, a serious message in a fluffy film with a happy ending. Perfect Sunday-night viewing.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ideal dialogue film 26 July 2004
Having read the other reviews I have to slightly disagree with the overall tone - this is the perfect comedy of manners with outstanding performances by the whole cast. Jeremy Northam plays a gentle shy man conflicted by ambition and his morals whose wife Cate Blanchett puts him on a pedestal to worship. The subsequent revelation of the hypocrisy at the heart of their marriage is deliciously decorated by all the supporting cast who are manipulated by Rupert Everett enjoying the finest hour (or two!) of his career so far.
The DVD benefits enormously from a home cinema system as every word drips with double meaning! It is my favourite dialogue film of all time and far, far, better than The importance of being ....
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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An Ideal Husband is an 1895 play by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honour. The action is set in London, in "the present", and takes place over the course of three days. "Sooner or later," Wilde notes, "we shall all have to pay for what we do." But he adds that, "No one should be entirely judged by their past.

The movie is classy and captures uppper-class London to perfection. The language is wonderful and the lines really amusing like "Women have a wonderful instinct about things. They can discover everything except the obvious" or "Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear" or "To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.".

If you like Oscar Wilde you will enjoy this movie as Rupert Everett here as Lord Goring really is the best movie actor to portray an Oscar Wilde character. Cate Blanchett - Lady Gertrude Chiltern -,Minnie Driver - Miss Mabel Chiltern, Julianne Moore - Mrs. Laura Cheveley, Jeremy Northam - Sir Robert Chiltern and John Wood - Lord Caversham - give splendig performances too.Director Oliver Parker has created a real gem.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rupert Everett steals the show again 23 Aug 2002
I'll be honest, I could watch Rupert Everett reading the phone book for 90 minutes and would probably give it five stars. However this is a perfect film for him and it's good to see him in a leading role rather than a gay cameo (sounds like a great tribute band...) for once. On the flip side, Jeremy Northam is colourless and Minnie Driver seems very uncomfortable in her role (try Grosse Pointe Blank to see how good she is when she's well cast), and like so many films (cf. My Best Friend's Wedding) it does flag a bit when Everett is off screen. Julianne Moore does an English accent so much these days I'm always faintly surprised to hear her speaking American and confusingly makes a more convincing Englishwoman than Driver.
However it's Rupert Everett's film through and through. Wilde's words are the words he was born to speak and it's very, very funny - director Oliver Parker has managed to successfully transfer a play to the big screen, a challenge many experienced directors have failed. Can't wait to see him reunite Rupert Everett with his Another Country co-star Colin Firth in The Importance of Being Earnest - but will tape my sides up in advance in case they split...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good film 14 Jan 2006
By Joe
Marked down from 5 to 4 because of the poor sound production at times, but still worth watching nevertheless.
This is a film where the words are crucial, it is based on a play by Oscar Wilde after all! So why did they think it would be a good idea to have obtrusive 'background' music spilling into the foreground and nearly drowning out the speech? Not all the time, but enough to take the edge of an otherwise excellent film.
Forget a night at the theatre, just watch this, though now I've seen it I will take the opportunity to go and see the play if I can.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sound level is poor 27 Sep 2010
By Mike
I had already seen this film on TV and wanted to add it to my DVD collection. Its an ideal film for those quiet moments with company where a less explosive film is requiered. However, to my dismay, with the sound turned up to 100% some words are still unclear. I have tried it on 2 DVD Players and on both its the same. Also, the subtitles are partly hidden at the bottom of the picture. Other DVD's are working fine in the same DVD Players.

Not sure if I should return it, but feel any replacement will be the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Steve
Format:VHS Tape
Sluggishly paced and murkily lit to begin with, this builds into a triumphantly faithful adaptation of Wilde's brilliant jewel of a play. The cast all give excelent accounts of their roles (though it must be said that Minnie Driver makes an unlikely-looking Victorian lady) but special mention must go to Rupert Everett who is quite superb as Lord Goring (surely an idealised self portrait of the author as hero). The introduction of Wilde himself praising his (as yet unwritten) "The importance of being Earnest" makes an amusingly forgiveable anachronism but the depiction of Peers attending a debate in the House of Commons seems a more lementable error. Minor quibbles aside, the overall effect is convincing and the focus on the (excellently spoken) words allows the power of Wilde's masterly text to work its magic. A joy to watch!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wrong product, correct action by seller.
Recieved a differend version of the DVD as shown on website (no extras and only Thai subtitles), Scorpion DVDs reacted quickly and correctly and I received refund, but was slow in... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy
A laugh out loud movie that has an excellent cast that revel in their roles and bring to life the shear energy of Oscar Wilds wordplay.
Published 6 months ago by Endnote
4.0 out of 5 stars My kind of sunday afternoon film
Good afternoon film. easy to follow story told by good actors. For those of us not into special effects and over the top in your face action films
Published 10 months ago by miss d murray
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful romantic comedy full of intrigue and betrayal
Member of Parliament Lord Robert Chiltern is blackmailed by the wicked Mrs. Cheverly, with a secret from his youth, leading to a crisis in his life, and in his marriage to the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gary Selikow
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab rom-com
I love this film. All the cast are great, especially Rupert Everett & Minnie Driver. Just a fab rom-com. You won't be disappointed.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. J. Turner
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