William P Cartlidge
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| An Ideal Husband
by Oscar Wilde|
Oscar Wilde (play), William P. Cartlidge (adaptation)
An Ideal Husband is a 1998 film based on the play of the same name by Oscar Wilde.
Rising politician Robert Chiltern once sold secret information and is now being blackmailed by Laura Evely. She has proof and it will damage his career and marriage severely. Chiltern calls in the help of his friend Arthur Goring.
An Ideal Husband (1998 film) Wikipedia
While the film retains the premise of Wildes play and much of the original dialogue, it updates the action to the present-day. The external scenes of the film were shot at various locations in the English home counties, principally in Buckinghamshire
Sir Robert Chiltern, a rich landowner, belongs to the English county set and is a member of an (unnamed) local government authority somewhere north of London. Well-off and with a loving and trusting wife, his honour and very existence are threatened when Mrs. Laura Cheveley appears with evidence of a past misdeed of Sir Roberts. It transpires that Roberts wealth stems from insider trading concerning a proposed canal project at an unspecified location.
She attempts to blackmail Sir Robert into supporting the project - in which she has invested heavily - and in desperation, Sir Robert turns for help to his friend Lord Goring, an apparently idle philanderer. Goring knows the lady from years before.
After several varieties of machination, the story ends happily. Lord Goring marries Roberts sister Mabel, Mrs. Chevely is outsmarted, and Lady Chiltern retains her faith in her husbands honour and idealism.Trevyn McDowell â€“ Lady Gertrude Chiltern
Jonathan Firth â€“ Lord Arthur Goring
Sadie Frost â€“ Mrs. Laura Cheveley
James Wilby â€“ Sir Robert Chiltern
Robert Hardy â€“ Lord Caversham
Prunella Scales â€“ Lady Markby
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