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The Golden Bowl (2000)

R | | Drama, Romance | 25 May 2001 (USA)
A man marries an heiress for her money even though he is actually in love with her friend.

Director:

James Ivory

Writers:

Henry James (novel), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Beckinsale ... Maggie Verver
James Fox ... Colonel Bob Assingham
Anjelica Huston ... Fanny Assingham
Nick Nolte ... Adam Verver
Jeremy Northam ... Prince Amerigo
Madeleine Potter ... Lady Castledean
Uma Thurman ... Charlotte Stant
Nicholas Day ... Lord Castledean
Peter Eyre ... A.R. Jarvis, Shopkeeper
Nickolas Grace Nickolas Grace ... Lecturer
Robin Hart Robin Hart ... Mr. Blint
Daniel Byam Shaw Daniel Byam Shaw ... Principino at Five Years
Francesco Giuffrida Francesco Giuffrida ... Duke's Younger Son
Marta Paola Richeldi Marta Paola Richeldi ... The Duchess
Rossano Rubicondi Rossano Rubicondi ... Duke's Older Son
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Storyline

Adam Verver, a US billionaire in London, dotes on daughter Maggie, an innocent abroad. An impecunious Italian, Prince Amerigo, marries her even though her best friend, Charlotte Stant, an alabaster beauty with brains, no money, and a practical and romantic nature, is his lover. She and Amerigo keep it secret from Maggie that they know each other, so Maggie interests her widowed father in Charlotte, who is happy with the match because she wants to be close to Amerigo. Charlotte desires him, the lovers risk discovery, Amerigo longs for Italy, Maggie wants to spare her father pain, and Adam wants to return to America to build a museum. Amidst lies and artifice, what fate awaits adulterers? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a sex scene | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Merchant Ivory Productions

Country:

USA | France | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La coupe d'or See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

FRF 1,833,043 (France), 20 September 2000, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$90,170, 29 April 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,037,579, 5 August 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

According to costume designer John Bright, Cosprop provided lace and sequined dresses for the principal actresses: 28 outfits for Uma Thurman, 15 for Anjelica Huston and 20 for Kate Beckinsale. See more »

Goofs

The "Raphael drawings" that Adam Verver shows Charlotte are obvious imitations. The figures are outlined with dark, bold lines, which was not the style of Raphael or, indeed, any of his contemporaries. See more »

Quotes

Adam Verver: Of course. No-one would dream of burying a queen while she was still alive.
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Crazy Credits

grateful thanks to Lord Tollemache and family; Frances, Duchess of Rutland; The Duke of Northumberland See more »

Connections

Referenced in Reflections of Evil (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Wall Street Rag
Written by Scott Joplin
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Human nature changes so little, through the centuries, as this very good film shows!
10 July 2006 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Prince Amerigo (Jeremy Northam) has a castle on the verge of ruin and empty pockets. Although he lusts after a poor but beautiful lady named Charlotte, he decides to marry her very rich friend instead. His new wife, Maggie, is a lovely, innocent human being, totally unspoiled by wealth. Maggie hopes to see her widowed father happily remarried and encourages his interest in Charlotte. It happens. Charlotte agrees to marry America's first billionaire, what a tough gig. But, why? Does she have any affection for Maggie's father? Or does she want to stay in close contact with Amerigo? It seems the latter, for Charlotte and the Prince go everywhere together, now that it is acceptable for two "relatives" to gad about. What is happening here? The book was written over 100 years ago but this story of human nature shows that very little changes under the sun. Northam and Thurman excel as the egocentric and evil humans who are so very lovely to look upon, it hurts. Beckinsale and Nolte likewise give nice turns as the folks who still have hearts beating in their breasts, despite their riches. As period pieces go, the costuming, the scenery, the staging, and the cinematography here are sumptuous. True, the pace is somewhat slow and the tale is intricate and subtle, requiring a repeat viewing, perhaps. However, Merchant and Ivory fans and non-fans will be rewarded by sitting through this timeless and tantalizing tale. If anyone wants to arrange for friends to share a movie evening together, the Bowl will have everyone talking.


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