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The Magnificent Ambersons

  • 2001
  • Alfonso Arau
  • 150 mins
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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

There's evidently a curse over Booth Tarkington's novel. Orson Welles's 1942 attempt to adapt it was butchered by the studio and Alfonso Arau has fared no better in his $16 million, made-for-TV bid to realise the master's original screenplay. Robert Wise (who'd co-edited Welles's flawed masterpiece) was even brought out of retirement to rework the ending. Yet, the meticulously re-created period trappings count for nought, as a quality cast passes blithely through a project in which it appears to have little pride or faith. Madeleine Stowe and Bruce Greenwood bring dignity to the leads, but Jennifer Tilly is no Agnes Morehead.

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Credits

Cast

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Eugene MorganBruce Greenwood
Isabelle Amberson MinaferMadeleine Stowe
George Minafer AmbersonJonathan Rhys Meyers
Lucy MorganGretchen Mol
Aunt Fanny MinaferJennifer Tilly
Major AmbersonJames Cromwell
Wilber MinaferDavid Gilliam
Uncle George AmbersonWilliam Hootkins
Mrs JohnsonDina Merrill

Crew

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DirectorAlfonso Arau

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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