Importance of Being Earnest

Directed By: Oliver Parker Starring: Colin Firth Rupert Everett

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Studio Lions Gate
SKU 220725143
UPC 031398137610
UPC 14 00031398137610
Format DVD
Release Date 9/9/2014
London, England
Love Story
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In his second adaptation of an Oscar Wilde play, writer-director Oliver Parker (AN IDEAL HUSBAND) assembles a peerless cast to engage in this witty comedy of manners and mistaken identity. In 1890s London, rakish Algernon Montcrieff (Rupert Everett, who also starred in HUSBAND) runs into his friend, Jack Worthing (Colin Firth), who is in town to propose marriage to Algy's wildly romantic cousin, Gwendolen (Frances O'Connor). When returning a cigarette case to Jack, Algy reads the inscription, and discovers his friend has two secrets. Jack has created a devilish younger brother/alter ego called "Ernest" to hide his own misdeeds, and has a beautiful young ward named Cecily (Reese Witherspoon), whom he wants to keep clear of the roguish Algy. While Jack deals with the large obstacle standing between him and Gwendolen--namely, her mother, the imposing Lady Bracknell (a wonderfully imperious Judi Dench)--Algy devises a way to meet Cecily. The confusion and hilarity come to a peak when Algy arrives at Jack's country manor posing as Ernest in order to woo Cecily, and Gwendolen runs away to the country to be with Jack--whom she knows as Ernest. The stellar cast and Wilde's clever words make for genuine entertainment.
Film Comment "...[Dench's] gift for constructively dominating a scene can't be overpraised..." 05/01/2002 p.73-4
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...Wilde's wit breaks through, and the lavish sets and costumes beguile the eye..." 06/01/2002 p.38
Rolling Stone "...Everett, whose scenes with Firth are a droll delight, nails every sly laugh. And Witherspoon adds her own legally blond American sparkle to this British party..." 06/06/2002 p.84
Los Angeles Times "...The entire cast is enjoyable....There are some glorious sets and costumes..." 05/22/2002 p.C2
Box Office "...[The cast] is a dream assemblage....[Witherspoon's] beauty, poise and insouciance make her the center of attention in every scene she's in..." 06/01/2002 p.64
Variety "...Fitting comfortably with the otherwise Brit cast, Witherspoon instantly flashes her charm..." 05/20/2002 p.28
Chicago Sun-Times "...[A] witty, stylish adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy..." 07/28/2002 p.5
Sight and Sound "...The casting and performances do enjoyable justice to the text....Consistently entertaining..." 09/01/2002 p.62
Oliver Parker
Colin Firth
Rupert Everett
Cast & Crew
Colin Firth - Star
Tom Wilkinson - Star
Rupert Everett - Star
Judi Dench - Star
Reese Witherspoon - Star
Edward Fox - Star
Frances O'Connor - Star
Anna Massey - Star
Oscar Wilde - Source Writer
Barnaby Thompson - Producer
Tony Pierce-Roberts - Director of Photography
Oliver Parker - Screenwriter
Oliver Parker - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
UPC 00031398137610
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 94 minutes
Color Color
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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