The Wings of the Dove (1997)

The Wings of the Dove



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"Inspired by" the Henry James novel and adapted for the screen by Hossein Amini, "The Wings of the Dove" takes place in 1910 London (eight years after the setting of the book). Kate Croy (Helena Bonham Carter) lives the carefree life of a socialite, thanks to the patronage of her wealthy-and domineering-Aunt Maude (Charlotte Rampling), who has sheltered Kate since the death of her mother and the decline of her destitute father (Michael Gambon) into drunkeness and opium addiction. But Maude … More

Rating: R (For sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Hossein Amini
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On DVD: Sep 14, 1999


as Merton Densher

as Millie Theale

as Aunt Maude

as Kate's father

as Lord Mark

as Journalist 1

as Journalist 2

as Opium Den Lady

as Merton's Party Compa...
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Critic Reviews for The Wings of the Dove

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (17)

[An] exquisitely mounted romantic gem.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Globe and Mail
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San Francisco Chronicle
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Chicago Sun-Times
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The problem is this: We're given no reason to care about these two yearning hearts. Our only evidence of their love is a garish display of hormones.

Full Review… | January 15, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Wings of the Dove

Another very nice movie for romantic women of any age. Entertaining, and well put together, but sad. Helena Bonham is just lovely in this.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

This is another outstanding movie based on a novel written by Henry James. It takes place in the early 1900's and you have everything in this that?s found in a modern day soap opera. The main character is Kate (Helena Bonham Carter), a young woman who is dependant on the whims of a rich aunt for her survival. Kate is a person that plays with other peoples life?s and feelings, She makes friends with a American who is dying, and this American is very rich, so she ploys her boyfriend to fall in love with her for her Money. A great twist of story. It will be enjoy by most. 4 Stars.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Love and money: No one twists and turns the two together any better than Henry James. He really is a kind of TV soap opera precursor. It must be, at least in part, due to his real fascination with and passion for opera. I have to say that I was surprised to learn the costumes were nominated for an Academy Award. My initial gut reaction was that the clothes looked 1) too modern for the turn of the century, and 2) like a kind of mix-and-match hodgepodge of older and newer. But what do I know about clothes? I think Charlotte Rampling's is the most memorable performance. But then I always like the darker characters : ) As an aside, from an old English major, James is a challenging read. If you are inspired to read Wings because of this movie -- which would be great : ) -- don't be discouraged if the reading is a tough go. Don't give up! To get used to his style, maybe you could check out his short stories, or if you know The Turn of the Screw, probably his most popular work, give that a shot.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

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