- The Importance of Being Earnest (2002 film)
name = The Importance of Being Earnest
caption = Theatrical release poster
Rupert Everett Colin Firth Frances O'Connor Reese Witherspoon Judi Dench
producer = David Brown
Uri Fruchtmann Barnaby Thompson
May 17, 2002
runtime = 97 min.
language = English
amg_id = 1:261812
imdb_id = 0278500
The Importance of Being Earnest is a 2002 film directed by
Oliver Parker, based on Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of mannersplay " The Importance of Being Earnest". The original music score is composed by Charlie Mole. The movie grossed only about 8.3 million dollars. [ [http://www.the-movie-times.com/thrsdir/moviesofyear.mv?moviesof2002+ByTGross2 Films of 2002, by total gross] ]
The plot revolves around two men in Edwardian
England, John (Jack) Worthing and Algernon (Algy) Moncrieff. Whenever Jack travels to Londonfrom his Hertfordshireestate he says he is going to see his (fictitious) wayward brother Ernest. Once in London he keeps his privacy by calling himself Ernest. This tactic is especially important as his beloved, Gwendolen, declares that she could only love a man named Ernest. Her cousin, Algy, is the one person who knows Jack's secret and one day he travels down to the estate, announcing himself to Jack's attractive ward Cecily as the infamous Ernest. Cecily is enamoured with him and his name, and upon Jack's return home and Gwendolen's unexpected arrival it becomes clear there are both too many and too few Ernests earnestly courting.
Awards & Nominations
The film won the 2003 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists's Silver Ribbon award for Best Costume Design, the movie's costumes being designed by
Maurizio Millenotti. Reese Witherspoonwas nominated for a Teen Choice Award(Choice Actress - Comedy) for her performance as Cecily.
Rupert Everett- Algernon Moncreiff
Colin Firth- Jack Worthing/Ernest
Frances O'Connor- Gwendolen Fairfax
Reese Witherspoon- Cecily Cardew
Judi Dench- Lady Bracknell
*Tom Wilkinson - Dr Chasuble
Anna Massey- Miss Prism
*Edward Fox - Lane
Finty Williams, who plays Lady Bracknell as a young dancer, is the daughter of Dame Judi Dench, who plays the older Lady Bracknell.
sceneswhere Rupert Everett slaps Colin Firth on his rear end and where Everett kisses Firth's cheekwere ad libbed. Director Oliver Parker thought Firth's stunned reaction was so humorous he decided to leave it in.
* The business with 'Ernest's' bill at the Savoy, and with the money collectors coming to Jack's country home, are taken from material Wilde cut from the play prior to its publication.
* Though cut from the revised version, the
gardenerMolton can be seen in the backgroundof many scenes.
* The producers of the film paid 50,000 pounds to use
West Wycombe Parkas Jack's home in the country. [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20020908/ai_n12647014 The importance of being able to pocket pounds 50,000 for one's | Independent, The (London) | Find Articles at BNET.com ] ]
* [http://www.wheredidtheyfilmthat.co.uk/location.php?loc_id=130 Where Did They Film that?] "The Importance of Being Earnest"
* [http://www.miramax.com/theimportanceofbeingearnest/index.html Official Site]
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