Oscar and Lucinda

1997

Oscar and Lucinda (1997)

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Australian director Gillian Armstrong directed this Laura Jones adaptation of Peter Carey's 1988 Booker Prize-winning novel. In a lengthy flashback, Oscar Hopkins' great grandson (Geoffrey Rush) narrates the family history that led to his birth. On an Australian farm, Lucinda Leplastrier was tutored by her intelligent mother, a woman who took part in the early feminist movement. Oscar's lonely boyhood in rural England was under the watchful eye of his preacher father. At Oxford to train as a minister, the adult Oscar (Ralph Fiennes) feels he doesn't fit in and develops a passion for gambling, giving his winnings away to the poor. Oscar and Lucinda (Cate Blanchett) meet aboard a ship; he's off to the outback to work as a missionary, and she's returning from London after buying equipment for her glass factory. As mutual misfits, they have an instant attraction and quickly grow close, developing a romantic relationship based on trust. However, the Rev. Dennis Hasset (Ciarán Hinds) and Lucinda are friends, sharing an interest in glass. Convinced they are in love, Oscar embarks on an unusual and difficult task, building a glass church for the reverend, an ambitious project to attempt in the remote wilderness. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

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Cast

Ralph Fiennes
as Oscar Hopkins
Cate Blanchett
as Lucinda Leplastrier
Ciarán Hinds
as Rev. Dennis Hasset
Tom Wilkinson
as Hugh Stratton
Richard Roxburgh
as Mr. Jeffris
Clive Russell
as Theophilus
Bille Brown
as Percy Smith
Billie Brown
as Percy Smith
Josephine Byrnes
as Miriam Chadwick
Barnaby Kay
as Wardley-Fish
Barry Otto
as Jimmy D'Abbs
Linda Basssett
as Betty Stratton
Linda Bassett
as Betty Stratton
Geoffrey Rush
as Narrator
Polly Cheshire
as Young Lucinda
Gillian Jones
as Elizabeth Leplastrier
Robert Menzies
as Abel Leplastrier
Adam Hayes
as Young Oscar
James Tingey
as 13-Year-Old Oscar
Matyelok Gibbs
as Mrs. Williams
Sonia Ritter
as Fanny Drabble
Will Barton
as College Student
Jonathan Markwood
as College Student
Nicolas Tennant
as College Student
Sam Newman
as College Student
Nicholas Fordham
as College Student
Peter Whitford
as Mr. Ahearn
Lynette Curran
as Mrs. Ahearn
Ron Blanchard
as Steamer Captain
Michelle Doake
as Hotel Maid
Karen Vickey
as Society Gossip
Elspeth MacTavish
as Society Gossip
Andrea Moore
as Miss Shaddock
Leverne McDonnell
as Miss Malcolm
Geoff Morrell
as Charley Fig
Christian Manon
as Mr. Tomasetti
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Critic Reviews for Oscar and Lucinda

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (8)

This is after all a Gillian Anderson picture, which means the film's physical production is just as impressive as its spiritual apsiration; Cate Blanchett, in a role originally intended for Judy Davis, is bound to become a major star

Dec 24, 2006 | Rating: B+
Variety
Top Critic

There's a lack of dramatic focus, and the leads fail to evince any particular chemistry.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
USA Today
Top Critic

Fiennes and Blanchett have a special magic and air of giddy humor about them when they are together.

Mar 31, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Poetic and poignant film about two oddballs who are destined to meet and to fill each other with delight.

Aug 27, 2002 | Full Review…

After a promising opening, the film meanders so much I thought it would never end.

Aug 2, 2002 | Full Review…

a beautifully observed, wildly unpredictable period piece that's part bittersweet comedy, part adventure and altogether enchanting.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Oscar and Lucinda

The mid 1800's is a tough time to be a lady or gentleman. Oscar and Lucinda are meant for each other, but they have to fight through society's rules and Oscar's fear of water. The scene of the glass church floating down the river is pretty cool.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

½

Odd, overlong character drama which during the later stages echoes Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo. I lost interest in Oscar's decline as he's not really a person who earns much empathy. Cate Blanchett leaves a mark as Lucinda though.

Doctor Strangeblog
Doctor Strangeblog

Super Reviewer

Sloooooooow and ponderous.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

[font=Century Gothic]"Oscar and Lucinda" is about two young people, Oscar and Lucinda, who start out on opposite sides of the world in the 19th century. They have a mania in common: gambling.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Oscar(Ralph Fiennes, doing a spot-on impression of Juliet Stevenson) is a troubled divinity student at Oxford. One day, a fellow student drags him to the racecourse and Oscar wins his first bet. He continues to do well with gambling; donating most of what he wins to charity. But terribly wracked with guilt, he chooses missionary work in New South Wales, Australia.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Lucinda(Cate Blanchett) is an heiress from rural Australia. Almost on a whim, she decides to purchase a glass works with her inheritance. She is introduced to cardplaying by her social acquaintances and is hooked.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Oscar and Lucinda" is a beautiful, well-made allegorical movie about the debate between a fixed universe and what chance has to play in our lives. Oscar has a firm belief in a higher power but he still gambles. It's a contradiction when he introduces chance into a world he believes has been designed by a higher power. Water has a symbolic part to play in this movie, too. In Christianity, water is seen as a cleansing agent and is used for baptism but Oscar has a raging fear of it due to him associating it with his mother's death. The movie is also helped along by fine support from Tom Wilkinson and Ciaran Hinds. [/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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