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Oscar and Lucinda (1997)

In mid-1800s England, Oscar is a young Anglican priest, a misfit and an outcast, but with the soul of an angel. As a boy, even though from a strict Pentecostal family, he felt God told him ... See full summary »

Director:

Gillian Armstrong

Writers:

Peter Carey (novel), Laura Jones (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Fiennes ... Oscar Hopkins
Cate Blanchett ... Lucinda Leplastrier
Ciarán Hinds ... Reverend Dennis Hasset (as Ciaran Hinds)
Tom Wilkinson ... Hugh Stratton
Richard Roxburgh ... Mr. Jeffries
Clive Russell ... Theophilus
Bille Brown Bille Brown ... Percy Smith
Josephine Byrnes ... Miriam Chadwick
Barnaby Kay ... Wardley-Fish
Barry Otto ... Jimmy D'Abbs
Linda Bassett ... Betty Stratton
Geoffrey Rush ... Narrator (voice)
Polly Cheshire Polly Cheshire ... Young Lucinda
Gillian Jones Gillian Jones ... Elizabeth Leplastrier
Robert Menzies Robert Menzies ... Abel Leplastrier
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Storyline

In mid-1800s England, Oscar is a young Anglican priest, a misfit and an outcast, but with the soul of an angel. As a boy, even though from a strict Pentecostal family, he felt God told him through a sign to leave his father and his faith and join the Church of England. Lucinda is a teen-aged Australian heiress who has an almost desperate desire to liberate her sex from the confines of the male-dominated culture of the Australia of that time. She buys a glass factory and has a dream of building a church made almost entirely of glass, and then transporting it to Bellingen, a remote settlement on the north coast. Oscar and Lucinda meet on a ship going to Australia; once there, they are for different reasons ostracized from society, and as a result "join forces" together. Oscar and Lucinda are both passionate gamblers, and Lucinda bets Oscar her entire inheritance that he cannot transport the glass church to the Outback safely. Oscar accepts her wager, and this leads to the events that ... Written by M.E. Nelson

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They dared to play the game of love, faith, and chance. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality, and for brief violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Australia | UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

31 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$83,461, 4 January 1998

Gross USA:

$1,897,404

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,897,404
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

While taking the glass church from Sydney to Bellingen, Oscar crosses the scenic Blue Mountains. They should not be on his route. See more »

Quotes

[On seeing the glass model]
Oscar: It is like a kennel for God's angels.
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Connections

Referenced in Lost in Austen: Episode #1.3 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Fantasia in C Minor for Piano, Chorus & Orchestra, Op.80
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by the Prague Radio Chorus and The Prague Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Václav Smetácek
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The Best Film You Never Seen...
14 September 2003 | by ZuzuComSee all my reviews

Based on Australian novelist, Peter Carey's award-winning book, Oscar and Lucinda, this is a faithful period piece about iconoclasts and their attempt to find love and purpose in strait-laced society despite their fears and obsessions.

Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett have glorious, quirky chemistry in the title roles. Ralph Fiennes is such a mercurial actor that while watching this film, it's hard to believe this is the same man that played Amon Goeth in Schindler's List and Charles Van Doren in Quiz Show.

Cate Blanchett was discovered by Director Shekhar Kapur and awarded the title role in Elizabeth as a result of her natural, unforced acting in this little-seen Gillian Armstrong film. Brilliantly adapted, visually stunning, and (above all) extremely well-acted this is a film that it would be sad to miss.


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