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An Ideal Husband

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Alex Bailey


Sir Robert Chiltern is a man who has everything. A brilliant politician and a perfect gentleman, he is the ideal husband for the captivating Lady Chiltern. Admired by all, they present an exquisite picture of wedded harmony. But when the scheming and seductive Mrs Cheveley threatens to reveal a dark secret from Chiltern's past, the very foundations of his prized career and marriage look set to crumble. Cornered, he turns to his life long friend, Lord Arthur Goring.

Famed all over town for his dazzling wit and cultivated misbehaviour, Goring soon finds himself caught up in a tangled web of lies, temptations and secret liaisons. Yet while he excels at the affairs of others, his own are to prove more challenging. The persistent charms of Mabel Chiltern, Sir Robert's sister are becoming an increasing threat to his cherished bachelorhood. She's a match for him if ever there was one . . .

Romantic, funny and moving, An Ideal Husband delivers political intrigue and sparkling wit, and summons a picture of a society grappling with issues which are as pertinent in our own society as they were 100 years ago . . .


Type of film
Oliver Parker
Barnaby Thompson, Uri Fruchtmann, Bruce Davey
Director of Photography
David Johnson
Principal Cast
Rupert Everett, Minnie Driver, Cate Blanchett, Jeremy Northam, Julianne Moore
Screen Writer
Oliver Parker, from Oscar Wilde's play

Production status


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Last updated 26th November 2005

Production Company

Fragile Films
97-99 Dean Street
London W1V 5RA
Tel: 020 7287 6200
Fax: 020 7287 0069