De-Lovely

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Musical numbers save movie from cliches.

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A musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter in which the musician looks back on his life as if it was one of his spectacular stage shows, with the people and events of his life becoming the actors and action onstage. Through elaborate production numbers Porter's elegant, excessive past comes to light--including his deeply complicated relationship with his wife and muse, Linda Lee Porter.

Cast

Kevin Kline
as Cole Porter
Ashley Judd
as Linda Porter
Kevin McNally
as Gerald Murphy
Alan Corduner
as Monty Woolley
Sandra Nelson
as Sara Murphy
Allan Corduner
as Monty Woolley
Peter Polycarpou
as Louis B. Mayer
Keith Allen
as Irving Berlin
James Wilby
as Edward Thomas
Kevin Mckidd
as Bobby Reed
Richard Dillane
as Bill Wrather
Edward Baker-Duly
as Boris Kochno
Angie Hill
as Ellin Berlin
Leopold Lemarchand
as Musical Performer
Harry Ditson
as Dr. Moorhead
Tayler Hamilton
as Honoria Murphy
Lexie Peel
as Patrick Murphy
Greg Sheffield
as Boath Murphy
Peter Jessop
as Diaghilev
Susannah Fellows
as Mrs. L.B. Mayer
Teddy Kempner
as Stage Manager
Robbie Williams
as Performer
Lemar Obika
as Performer
Sheryl Crow
as Perfomer
Mick Hucknall
as Perfomer
Diana Krall
as Perfomer
Vivian Green
as Perfomer
Lara Fabian
as Perfomer
Natalie Cole
as Perfomer
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Critic Reviews for De-Lovely

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (75) | Rotten (81)

  • There are enough glorious songs, energetically warbled by a host of modern pop stars, to keep us enthralled.

    Sep 14, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith

    BBC.com
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  • The results ... are staid, with re-creations of Paris in the Jazz Age and Hollywood in its Golden Age that are like waxworks in motion.

    Aug 7, 2004
  • A wildly uneven musical biography of Cole Porter.

    Jul 22, 2004 | Rating: C+
  • Porter's songs keep much the film afloat when, otherwise, it would have sunk. No matter how turgid or murky the movie becomes, when the music starts, you're flying.

    Jul 16, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
  • Not inept enough to make the composer spin in his grave ... but not insightful or clever enough to please the old boy, either.

    Jul 16, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Entertaining. With more than 30 Cole Porter songs and an accomplished cast, how can it not be?

    Jul 16, 2004 | Rating: B-

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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