Adrian Lyne (1997)

18 Certificate


Our Score
It was a thankless task, putting Vladimir Nabokov's notorious 1955 novel on the screen. But after Stanley Kubrick's valiant, inventive and funny attempt in 1961 (which Nabokov himself scripted), why try again? To be fair, this 1997 version isn't as sacrilegious as it might have been with the flashy, superficial Adrian Lyne (Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal) at the helm. However, it is Lyne's bid for artistic "respectability" (the artful shots, the fidelity to the book) that is also the film's undoing. It looks good, but lacks danger. Despite a compelling, tortured turn from Jeremy Irons as Humbert - and a seductive one from Dominique Swain as Lolita - it's all a little too cosmetic and soft-focused, which again makes it even more insidiously controversial.


A middle-aged academic marries a widow he hates so he can fulfil his fantasies about her teenage daughter. When his wife is killed in a tragic accident, the professor and his stepdaughter begin a tormented sexual relationship as they travel across America. Drama, based on Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel, starring Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith and Frank Langella.

Cast & Crew

Humbert Humbert Jeremy Irons
Charlotte Haze Melanie Griffith
Clare Quilty Frank Langella
Lolita Haze Dominique Swain
Miss Pratt Suzanne Shepherd
Reverend Rigger Keith Reddin
Mona Erin J Dean
Miss LeBone Joan Glover
Director Adrian Lyne
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, sex scenes and nudity . Available on: video and DVD