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The Perfect Husband (1993)

El marido perfecto (original title)
Dostoevsky-inspired drama set in 1900s Prague about a bored arrogant playboy who spends time seducing other men's wives and dueling. He begins an affair with his friend's wife, but falls in love with her. She becomes pregnant. Is it his?

Director:

Beda Docampo Feijóo (as Beda Docampo Feijoo)

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Beda Docampo Feijóo (as Beda Docampo Feijoo), Fyodor Dostoevsky | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Roth ... Milan
Peter Firth ... Franz
Ana Belén ... Natasha (as Ana Belen)
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón ... Klara (as Aitana Sanchez Gijon)
Eliska Balzerová ... Jane (as Eliska Balzerova)
Jenifer Landor Jenifer Landor ... Clara
Jorge Marrale ... Fedor
Diego Leske Diego Leske ... Dr. Novak
Carolina Estrada Mora Carolina Estrada Mora ... Alena (as Carolina Estrada)
Lucie Bílá ... Prostitute
Jan Preucil ... General von Glaubitz
Gabriela Wilhelmová ... Lady with Puppy
Renata Masková Renata Masková ... General's Wife (as Renata Maskova)
Miroslav Moravec ... Widower
Marta Krasova Marta Krasova ... Marchonaisse (as Marta Krasova)
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Dostoevsky-inspired drama set in 1900s Prague about a bored arrogant playboy who spends time seducing other men's wives and dueling. He begins an affair with his friend's wife, but falls in love with her. She becomes pregnant. Is it his?

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Spain | Argentina | UK | Czechoslovakia

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

2 June 1993 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Maz idealny See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Packs a punch for 90 minutes, and Roth is brilliant.
24 February 2004 | by SFMovieFanSee all my reviews

Tim Roth has this creepy quality about him that somehow makes him irresistible in this film. He plays a wealthy playboy who appears to be emotionally impenetrable. This is a man who knows how to dress impeccably, but eats cake off another's plate with his hands--because he can. This is a man whose victories at duels number 29 because of the number of men's wives he has seduced. Tim Roth is brilliant in communicating his arrogance and boredom through his eyes, his posture, and his gait.

But he is a multi-dimensional character, and his affection for his sister and nephews is unquestionable. It is this affection for his family that makes his seduction of Theresa believable as love--otherwise, I would have interpreted it as only another conquest. His behavior at a duel at the film's opening also tells us he has a conscience.

But credit does not stop at Tim Roth's performance. Firth is impressive as a kindly looking gentleman, an open friend and passionate husband, who we learn is capable of the coldest revenge. I recommend this movie; it's not as predictable as the beginning leads you to think, and is well-made.


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