The Portrait of a Lady

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In theaters Dec 24, 1996
PG-13, 2 hr. 24 min.


Movie Info

Synopsis: Jane Campion directed this expressive adaptation of the classic novel by Henry James. Isabel Archer (Nicole Kidman) is a young American woman who, after the death of her parents, has been sent to
Director: Jane Campion
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hr. 24 min.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Theater Release: Dec 24, 1996
DVD Release: Sep 14, 1999


Nicole Kidman

Isabel Archer
John Malkovich

Gilbert Osmond
Barbara Hershey

Madame Serena Merle
Mary-Louise Parker

Henrietta Stackpole
Martin Donovan

Ralph Touchett
Shelley Winters

Mrs. Touchett
Richard E. Grant

Lord Warburton
Shelley Duvall

Countess Gemini
Christian Bale

Edward Rosier


Critic Reviews

  • Intelligent but exasperating, its monotonous tone will wear down even viewers who started out in its corner. More...
  • An easy thing to dislike, I suppose, and even easier to find it absolutely fascinating. More...
  • In all, Jane Campion has pulled off a neat trick here -- she's made a film that makes Henry James' work seem positively giddy. More...
  • A handsome production, but the ass, she doth ache. More...
  • Not only slow but uninvolving. More...
  • A sophisticated and elegant period piece with the right touch of feminist flourishes to elevate this compelling fable More...
  • So bold and well-orchestrated that you sometimes want to cheer the vividness of a single shot, the humor of a fleeting detail. More...
  • Presents a bold and bewitching screen adaptation of the novel by Henry James. More...
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User Reviews

  • "The Portrait of a Lady" starts with Isabel Archer(Nicole Kidman) rejecting the proposal of the super wealthy Lord Warburton(Richard E. Grant). Next,...
  • Fantastic!
  • Film not so good but Malkovich nailed it!