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  • Actors: Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Ciarán Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, Richard Roxburgh
  • Directors: Gillian Armstrong
  • Producers: Robin Dalton, Timothy White
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Aug. 2005
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009YVCTK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,667 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

A priest (Ralph Fiennes) likes to gamble his money and then donate all his winnings to the poor. However, when he meets and falls in love with an Australian heiress (Cate Blanchett) during a game of cards, their lives become entwined and changed forever.

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 26 May 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Ralph Fiennes transforms himself utterly into the obsessive innocent, Oscar, in a quiet, powerful story of two very unlikely people of overwhelming passions who find their ideal counterpart in each other. Cate Blanchett is a bundle of spikey energy as Lucinda and the supporting cast all turn in excellent performances. The tension is inexorably built up towards a shattering climax, with a surprising twist in the unsentimental ending. The film is visually ravishing and a joy to watch throughout, scene after scene is breathtakingly beautiful. A stunning, epic conception from start to finish. Magnificent.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Aug. 2004
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I just happened on this film late one night, when I couldn't sleep - and I was mesmerised. It is everything all the other reviewers have already said - a very good story, well-acted, beautifully shot, happy, sad - just brilliant. I have never really been a fan of Ralph Fiennes - but this film (and Eugene Onegin) made me re-think. I've been looking out for it again on the cable channels and I've been looking out for a copy in the usual retail outlets for ages - just didn't think to look on Amazon ! I don't often watch films more than once but this is one of the few exceptions ! Watch it !
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 May 2001
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great acting from two wonderful actors, the story is told with a delicate and humain touch - very much recomended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 April 2011
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Odd, unique, beautifully photographed character study/love story.

Two eccentrics, one the rich owner of a glass-works (Cate Blanchette),
and one an emotionally damaged and physically fragile young minister
(Ralph Fiennes) are united in friendship, and eventually romance by
their obsession with gambling.

Blanchette is luminous and wonderful. Fiennes pushes at times, going
right up to the edge and occasionally over it with his tics and quirks,
but he's ultimately very deeply effecting.

A strange mix of tones, comic, romantic; it behaves both like an epic
and a parody of one. But it has never failed to move me, and it's full
of moments where the beautiful imagery dances so well with Thomas
Newman's delicate score that I get a shiver.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By maxine@santer.freeserve.co.uk on 25 May 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Oscar and Lucinda is a beautifully sensitive but not over-sentimental story of two mis-fits who fall in-love. The photography is stunning and the acting top class. Everybody in this film contributes to it's enjoyment and the two lead actors Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett surpass themselves
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Isabella Balkert on 25 May 2012
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Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett are just fantastic together in this magical film of obsession, innocence og and Beauty - There are scenes in this film you will never forget, and you will be richer for seeing it. Go for it.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By G. Dunford on 14 July 2007
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You'll have to excuse me but I'm going to be one of those bores who say "it isn't as good as the book". Being a bit of a weighty tome the book was always going to be a bit tricky to translate onto the screen and this adaptation suggests that a lot of the original scenes were cut out. If I hadn't read the novel, and therefore known the plot, I would have been thinking to myself "what the hell's going on" at the start of the film. That aside, it's still a marvelous story and Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett provide almost the same Oscar and Lucinda that my imagination had conjured up. The main reason why I've marked the film down is that the original ending has been changed. We are let down gently rather than having to suffer the full force of life's injustice slapped across our face. A compromise has been made to cater for a crowd pleasing (fairly) happy ending.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Junglies on 21 Feb. 2008
Format: DVD
The only boy who could ever reach me, was the son of a preacher man, February 21, 2008
By jingles_sunderland (Morrisville, NC United States) - See all my reviews

I watched this again recently having last seen in on VHS some years ago. What was an excellent film then is even better now, particularly the sound which is a revelation where the tinking glass is concerned.

The technique of using a narrator does not always work but is it is most apt, and in particular at the end. One leaves after watching this film much as one does after a gourmet meal...extremely satisfied with what you have consumed but not wishing to eat another morsel and yet this continues over time so that you do not feel the need to return.

I was transfixed throughout by the "action" within the film. There is certainly much to think about or to delve into afterwards to get the entire picture. The story seems to be without any obvious flaws and the casting is superb with the main players clearly complemetary to each other and the cinematography is superb.

One thing that I had not paid too much attention to during my first viewing was the appalling and barbaric treatment of the indigenous population. Clearly the scene of the massacre is a solitary tale of man's inhumanity to man but the subsequent scene of the abuse of the aboriginal woman in the inn is a more subtle but nevertheless graphic reminder of the way in which settlers have behaved throughout the world. This point carries with it greater poignancy given the recent apology without compensation by the new Australian Prime Minister to the indigenous people for past abuses such as described above.

All in all a feat for the eyes despite the sad and tragic ending clearly reminiscent of the conclusion of Breaking the Waves.
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