Conceiving Ada (1999)



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Lynn Hershman Leeson's Sci-Fi adventure is an imaginary biography of the real-life Lady Ada Lovelace , daughter of Lord Byron, a mathematics genius a century ahead of her time. A computer expert is somehow able to contact her through virtual reality.


Tilda Swinton
as Ada Byron King
Karen Black
as Lady Byron/Mother Coer
John O'Keefe
as Charles Babbage
J.D. Wolfe
as Nicholas Clayton
John Perry Barlow
as John Crosse
Owen Murphy
as William Lovelace
Esther Mulligan
as Mary Shelley
Mark Capri
as Dr. Locock
Pollyanna Jacobs
as Cocktail Server
Lillan L. Malmberg
as Anne Isabelle Byron
Cyrus Mare
as Ralph Byron
David Brooks
as Children's Tutor
Michael Oosterom
as Lord Byron
Kashka Peck
as Teenage Ada
Rose Lockwood
as Child Ada/Claire
Charles Pinion
as CD-ROM Byron
Chris von Sneidern
as Musician in the Elevator
Joe Wemple
as Priest/Talk Show Host
Lavay Smith
as Lead Singer
Bing Nathan
as Upright Bass
Bill Stewart
as Alto Sax
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Critic Reviews for Conceiving Ada

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

The entire package has a loony, uncommonly intelligent combination that could be appealing for adventurous viewers.

Oct 1, 2010 | Full Review…

There is enough unbroken time with Swinton's Ada to make watching Conceiving Ada worthwhile.

Jan 8, 2007 | Full Review…

The thinking person's thriller.

Apr 27, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

An innovatively feminist film in which two women struggle to give birth to something that will be lasting despite the intrusion of others.

Mar 5, 2002 | Full Review…

For those on the lookout for a brainy non-Hollywood film, this one should prove to be more than satisfactory.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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