De-Lovely

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Musical numbers save movie from cliches.

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At the staging of a musical production based on his life story, songwriter Cole Porter (Kevin Kline) begins to reflect on his life and career. As he trades notes with the play's director, Gabe (Jonathan Pryce), Porter recollects his meteoric rise on Broadway during the mid-1920s and his first meeting with wife and muse Linda Thomas (Ashley Judd). He also recalls his many extramarital, homosexual dalliances, and the deep depression and seclusion of his final years.

Cast & Crew

Kevin Kline
Cole Porter
Ashley Judd
Linda Porter
Kevin R. McNally
Gerald Murphy
Allan Corduner
Monty Woolley
Sandra Nelson
Sara Murphy
Keith Allen
Irving Berlin
James Wilby
Edward Thomas
Kevin McKidd
Bobby Reed
Rob Cowan
Producer
Jay Cocks
Writer (Screenplay)
Gail Egan
Executive Producer
Simon Channing Williams
Executive Producer
Tony Pierce-Roberts
Director of Photography
Eve Stewart
Production Designer
Julie Monroe
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Critic Reviews for De-Lovely

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Audience Reviews for De-Lovely

  • Sep 18, 2012
    Being a musician who has played most of these songs makes it hard to be objective. This is a far superior film to the Cary Grant biopic made when Porter was alive. It seems accurate in its portrayal of Porter. The cast is excellent. I didn't like the reworking of Begin the Beguine. Other than that I was happy with it. The ending moved me.
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2011
    Irwin Winkler hit it out of the ballpark with this one. Wonderful performances by Kevin Kline as the musical legend Cole Porter. Ashley Judd was spectacular as Porter's wife. The music is absolutely fantastic with appearances by Sheryl Crow, Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall and Alanis Morrisette. Popcorn bag goes to Kevin Kline who brought depth and dimension to the Cole Porter character.
    George K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2010
    The music, so vividly emphasized, made this film more of a musical in itself than a biopic of Cole Porter, a man whose life was riddled with rumors, infidelities, and the his love for his soulmate, Linda. In short, it was almost a musical written by Oscar Wilde.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2008
    The acting and music are really good, but focuses way too much on his homosexual interests and weird-as-hell personal life. God bless Ashley Judd.
    Derek D Super Reviewer

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