Bright Young Things

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Based on the novel, 'vile bodies' by evelyn waugh, this is a look at the uppercrust british society during the frenzied 1930s. The story follows the lives of a group of young socialites also known as 'the bright young things'.


Studio New Line
SKU 40701378
UPC 794043779022
UPC 14 00794043779022
Format DVD
Release Date 2/8/2005
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London, England
Love Affairs
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Based on VILE BODIES, the novel by Evelyn Waugh, this colorful trifle is set in 1920s London at the height of its raucous swing era, when society balls and bacchanalian behavior were all the rage. Adam (Stephen Campbell Moore) is a young, carefree writer whose circle of eccentric friends keep him out at parties all night long. Wild costumes, dancing, cocktails, cocaine, and positively "divine" company make a life of neverending revelry totally attainable. While Adam never seems to have a dime in his pocket, he does not seem to care. The only thing he risks is the opportunity to marry his glamorous sweetheart Nina (Emily Mortimer) whose father insists she wed for financial gain. In an effort to appease Nina and her father, Adam gleans a few dollars from his job as a gossip columnist, until his intimidating boss (Dan Aykroyd) fires him for inventing fashion trends. But every dollar makes is lost within no time at all on whimsical materialistic purchases and risky endeavors such as betting on horses. Finally the war starts, bringing the decadence to a disturbing halt and forcing Adam to finally sober up. A quaint period piece full of jumping Charleston music and stylish suits and gowns, Stephen Fry's BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS is light and easily digestible entertainment.
Entertainment Weekly "[Fry's] instincts are, happily, subversive. His cast is crème de la Brit." 08/20/2004 p.103
Movieline's Hollywood Life "[S]umptuously mounted....Writer-director Stephen Fry guides the huge cast with finesse..." 07/01/2004 p.86
New York Times "[W]hat distinguishes this one is its dash and vigor....The camera, rather than composing the action into a presentable pageant, plunges in, capturing the madness of the era in a swirl of colors and jolting close-ups." 08/20/2004 p.E1
Los Angeles Times "The cast is as enormous as it is spectacular..." 09/10/2004 p.E6
Chicago Sun-Times "The movie has a sweetness and tenderness for these characters..." 09/10/2004 p.34
Stephen Fry
Emily Mortimer
Stephen Campbell Moore
Cast & Crew
Alex Mackie - Editor
Dan Aykroyd - Actor
Emily Mortimer - Actor
Evelyn Waugh - Based On Novel By
Gina Carter - Producer
Henry Braham - Cinematographer
James McAvoy - Actor
Jim Broadbent - Actor
Michael Sheen - Actor
Miranda Davis - Producer
Peter O'Toole - Actor
Stephen Campbell Moore - Actor
Stephen Fry - Screenplay
Stephen Fry - Director
Stockard Channing - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 7790
UPC 00794043779022
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 105 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review How clever of actor Stephen Fry (Wilde): He makes his debut as a director by adapting Evelyn Waugh's
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review As pure comedy, Bright Young Things would be funny up to a point, and then repetitive. Waugh
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Aykroyd,Dan
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Jami Bernard, New York Daily News This is a wickedly funny skewering of a prewar London society gone mad with frivolity.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune A brilliant, giddy satiric romp with a discreetly moralistic viewpoint beneath its high-style wit.

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