Oscar and Lucinda (1997)



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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (For a scene of sexuality and for brief violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Laura Jones
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 11, 2005
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


as Oscar Hopkins

as Lucinda Leplastrier

as Rev. Dennis Hasset

as Hugh Stratton

as Mr. Jeffris

as Theophilus

as Percy Smith

as Percy Smith

as Miriam Chadwick

as Wardley-Fish

as Jimmy D'Abbs

as Betty Stratton

as Betty Stratton

as Narrator

as Young Lucinda

as Elizabeth Leplastrie...

as Abel Leplastrier

as Young Oscar

as 13-Year-Old Oscar

as Mrs. Williams

as Fanny Drabble

as College Student

as College Student

as College Student

as College Student

as College Student

as Mr. Ahearn

as Mrs. Ahearn

as Steamer Captain

as Hotel Maid

as Society Gossip

as Society Gossip

as Miss Shaddock

as Miss Malcolm

as Charley Fig

as Mr. Tomasetti
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Critic Reviews for Oscar and Lucinda

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (16)

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

Full Review… | December 24, 2006
Top Critic

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

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 31, 2009

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

Full Review… | August 27, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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

Super Reviewer

Sloooooooow and ponderous.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


[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]
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[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]
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[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]
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[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.

Super Reviewer

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