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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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Details

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 USA:

$90,170, 29 April 2001

Gross USA:

$3,050,532

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,753,678
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

When the merchant delivers the golden bowl to Charlotte, he examines two pictures on the table behind the sofa. As he sets them down, the one on the right (seen from behind it) is placed so that it scrunches up the cloth runner. After Charlotte arrives, and he is explaining the coincidence of the subject couple asking about the bowl, the picture is seen again (from the front) and the cloth runner is smooth, as if recently ironed. See more »

Quotes

Amerigo: What is it you want from me?
Maggie: I want a happiness without a hole in it! I want the bowl without the crack!
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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

Sarabande, from 'Pour le Piano'
Music by Claude Debussy
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Merchant and Ivory do it once again!
5 June 2001 | by StellaAliceSee all my reviews

For those people who loved "A Room With a View" and "Howards End" but hated "Surviving Picasso" and "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries," all is well in the universe. "The Golden Bowl" is excellent in every way. The film is exquisitely balanced. Nick Nolte, Kate Beckinsale, Angelica Houston and Uma Thurman are all amazing. Jeremy Northam is even better. The cinematography, the writing, the costumes; everything fits together. This is not a sleepy and slow costume drama, it is an exhilarating masterpiece. I do not know how loyal the screenplay is to James' novel, but the story is very moving and even though it is a "period piece," the issues that the characters face somehow seem contemporary. Uma Thurman's character Charlotte is one of the most heart-wrenching on-screen women I've seen recently. I hope the film can keep up a presence until the next Oscar race begins. This is one of the best films I have seen so far this year.


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