ⓘ An Ideal Husband (1999 film)

An Ideal Husband (1999 film)

ⓘ An Ideal Husband (1999 film)

An Ideal Husband is a 1999 film based on the play An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde. The film stars Jeremy Northam, Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, Minnie Driver and Cate Blanchett. It was directed by Oliver Parker.

It was selected as the 1999 Cannes Film Festivals closing film.


1. Plot

Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs. Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed. Sir Robert turns for help to his friend Lord Goring, an apparently idle philanderer and the despair of his father. Goring knows the lady of old and the plot to help his friend has unintended consequences.

The plot of the film differs from the original Wilde play in a number of key respects. The episode of Mrs. Cheveleys lost bracelet was removed, and the twists at the end are made more complex by the introduction of a bet between Lord Goring and Mrs. Cheveley, and Lord Gorings need to ask the permission of Sir Robert Chiltern to marry his sister, Miss Mabel Chiltern.


2. Cast

  • Marsha Fitzalan – Countess
  • Simon Russell Beale – Sir Edward
  • Ben Pullen – Tommy Trafford
  • Julianne Moore – Mrs. Laura Cheveley
  • Delia Lindsay – Lady Basildon
  • John Wood – Lord Caversham
  • Peter Vaughan – Phipps
  • Cate Blanchett – Lady Gertrude Chiltern
  • Anna Patrick – Miss Danvers
  • Rupert Everett – Lord Arthur Goring
  • Nickolas Grace – Vicomte de Nanjac
  • Jeremy Northam – Sir Robert Chiltern
  • Neville Phillips – Mason
  • Minnie Driver – Miss Mabel Chiltern
  • Lindsay Duncan – Lady Markby

3. Reception

The film received positive reviews from critics. Paper Magazine called it a "witty comedy". It received a positive review from Roger Ebert. Entertainment Weekly called it "delightful". The New York Observer said it was "immensely entertaining". On it has a positive review rating of 86% Fresh.


Julianne Moore was nominated for the Chicago Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, and a Golden Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical. Moore won the National Board of Review award for Supporting Actress for her performances.

The film was nominated for awards in three BAFTA categories: director Oliver Parker for adapted screenplay, Caroline Harris for costume design, and Peter King for make-up and hair.

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