The Wings of the Dove

1997

The Wings of the Dove

Critics Consensus

The Wings of the Dove patiently explores class divisions in early 20th century Europe through the well-written and beautifully acted travails of star-crossed lovers.

84%

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Total Count: 32

78%

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User Ratings: 5,594
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British director Ian Softley's take on this lesser-known Henry James novel offers a tightly-woven, witty look at clashing social classes in turn-of-the-century Europe as it tells the tale of a strong-willed aristocratic girl who takes drastic measures to marry her lower-class lover.

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Cast

Linus Roache
as Merton Densher
Alison Elliott
as Millie Theale
Michael Gambon
as Kate's father
Alex Jennings
as Lord Mark
Ben Miles
as Journalist 1
Philip Wright
as Journalist 2
Shirley Chantrell
as Opium Den Lady
Diana Kent
as Merton's Party Companion
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Audience Reviews for The Wings of the Dove

  • Oct 05, 2013
    Helena Bonham Carter back in a period piece that's worthy of note due to her playing a contemptuous schemer
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2013
    Solidly filmed, this movie suffers from the great plague of the period piece - how to make the damn thing interesting. Unfortunately Sofftley never does and we are lulled into a well acted malaise.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2011
    Another very nice movie for romantic women of any age. Entertaining, and well put together, but sad. Helena Bonham is just lovely in this.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2011
    Well acted, but the film is a such a brief adaptation of the novel we really don't get a chance to get to know the characters well enough to understand their decisions or to feel for them when they are hurt.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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