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Director: Oliver Parker     Starring: Colin Firth Rupert Everett
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Format: DVD
Sku: 220725143
UPC: 031398137610
UPC 14: 00031398137610
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Editor's 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.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/9/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 94 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video UPC UPC: 00031398137610
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
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Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Colin Firth
Video Cast Info Tom Wilkinson
Video Cast Info Rupert Everett
Video Cast Info Judi Dench
Video Cast Info Reese Witherspoon
Video Cast Info Edward Fox
Video Cast Info Frances O'Connor
Video Cast Info Anna Massey
Video Cast Info Oscar Wilde - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Barnaby Thompson - Producer
Video Cast Info Tony Pierce-Roberts - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Oliver Parker - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Oliver Parker - Director

Professional Reviews

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

"...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

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