Directed by: Oliver Parker
Written by: Oliver Parker
Produced by: Barnaby Thompson, Bruce Davey, Uri Fruchtmann
Other cast: Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, Rupert Everett, Jeremy Northam, John Wood, Lindsay Duncan, Peter Vaughan, Jeroen Krabbé
Release date: June 30, 1999
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Running time: 1h 37min
Sir Robert Chiltern is a respected government official and a loving husband. His friend, Lord Arthur Goring, is a notorious womanizer who lives a life of casual lounging, meaningless flirtations and multiple illicit affairs. But when old acquaintance Laura Cheveley arrives in London to stir up trouble, the lives of the two men become increasingly complicated and intertwined, and their true natures are revealed.
→ He just doesn’t know it yet.
• I don’t mind bad husbands. I’ve had two. They amused me immensely.
• Wonderful woman, Lady Markby, isn’t she? Talks more and says less than anybody I ever met.
• Do you know, Gertrude, I don’t mind your talking morality a bit. Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. You dislike me, I am quite aware of that, and I have always detested you.
• A rather charming little idea has come into my head, and now that I consider it, I find it to be a rather charming big idea.
• As a betting man, you must concede there is a certain thrill to it. Consider also how elegantly I’ve moved from proposal to proposition.
• Oh, I like tedious, practical subjects. What I don’t like are tedious, practical people.
• The higher education of men is what I should like to see. Men need it so sadly.
• Oh pray, don’t. One should never give a woman something that she can’t wear in the evening.