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Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband [DVD] (2000)

James Wilby , Sadie Frost , Bill Cartlidge    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
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  • Actors: James Wilby, Sadie Frost, Jonathan Firth, Trevyn Mcdowell, Prunella Scales
  • Directors: Bill Cartlidge
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Ilc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jun 2002
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007KI13
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,948 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Based on Oscar Wilde's classic, Sir Robert Chiltern provided an Austrian baron with secret Foreign Office information. As payment he received the money that became the basis of his fortune and of his splendid government career. Years later, he is blackmailed by a mysterious woman who also happens to be an acquaintance of his wife. Seeking advice, Sir Chiltern is told to confess everything to his wife and seek her support, but he refuses to tarnish his name. His refusal to tell his wife has severe consequences as she becomes as much of threat to his position as the blackmailer.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic of its time 14 July 2013
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Style is a little old fashioned but the story is true to the original

Great way of studying for A levels
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Having seen the excellent production with Rupert Everet, Cate Blanchet etc, I was curious to find out what more could be done. I shouldn't have bothered.

Apart from Wilby it was utterly miscast and poorly acted.

Avoid at all costs.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not successful. 30 July 2013
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This version of the play takes it forward to modern times or nearly, the sixties it seems, and I don't think it is successful in spite of good actors. It might have seemed tempting to do this as the theme of the play - a politician's use of inside information to get rich - is as relevant today as it was then. But at the same time it is a play about forgiveness, and that is a real problem, even more so today. Would a contemporary politician be forgiven - and should he be - for such a crime? I think not. It is only the distance in time and - well, Oscar Wilde known as the writer of drawing-room comedies - that makes the plot acceptable. So present day no go.
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