The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Rupert Everett
Director: Oliver Parker Cast: Rupert Everett
Rupert Everett
, Colin Firth
Colin Firth
, Frances O'Connor
Frances O'Connor
Oliver Parker


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A superb cast brings Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners to life in the third big-screen adaptation of this hilarious look at fun, games, and dubious ethics among the British upper crust. Algernon Moncrieff (Rupert Everett) is a slightly shady, but charming gentlemen from a wealthy family who has a bad habit of throwing his money away. Algernon has a close friend named Jack Worthing (Colin Firth), a self-made man who acts as a ward to his cousin, a beautiful young lady named Cecily (Reese Witherspoon). Algernon has created an alter ego to help him get out of tight spots brought on by his financial improprieties, and when he learns that Jack has created a false identity of his own -- Earnest, a brother living in London whose exploits have earned him no small amount of notoriety -- Algernon arrives for a weekend visit in the country posing as the mysterious Earnest. Having heard of Earnest's misadventures many times over the years, Cecily had developed something of an infatuation with the lovable rogue, and Algernon's impersonation of him works no small degree of magic on Cecily. Meanwhile, Algernon's cousin, Gwendolyn (Frances O'Connor), arrives for the weekend, and is startled to discover Jack is also there -- except that she knows him as bad-boy Earnest. So just who is in love with who? How will Lady Bracknell (Judi Dench) handle the matter of her daughter Gwendolyn's suitors? And what's the truth about Jack's mysterious heritage? The Importance of Being Earnest was director Oliver Parker's second film adaptation of an Oscar Wilde comedy; he previously helmed An Ideal Husband, which also starred Rupert Everett. Everett and Colin Firth also co-starred in the 1984 drama Another Country.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/2011
UPC: 0031398137610
Original Release: 2002
Source: Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:34:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Audio Commentary With Director Oliver Parker; The Making Of The Importance Of Being Earnest; Behind-The-Scenes Featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rupert Everett Algy
Colin Firth Jack
Frances O'Connor Gwendolyn Fairfax
Reese Witherspoon Cecily Cardew
Judi Dench Lady Bracknell
Edward Fox Lane
Charles Kay Gribsby
Anna Massey Miss Prism
Tom Wilkinson Dr. Chasuble

Technical Credits
Oliver Parker Director,Screenwriter
Oscar Wilde Author
Paul Ghiradani Art Director
Richard Hewitt Asst. Director
Celestia Fox Casting
Quinney Sachs Choreography
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
David Brown Co-producer
Maurizio Millenotti Costumes/Costume Designer
Guy Bensley Editor
Uri Fruchtman Executive Producer
Peter King Makeup
Barnaby Thompson Producer
Luciana Arrighi Production Designer
Charlie Mole Score Composer
Ian Whittaker Set Decoration/Design
John Midgley Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Importance of Being Earnest
1. Opening Credits: Uncertainty [4:17]
2. Engaging Names [4:17]
3. Mixed Metaphors [4:19]
4. A Regrettable Inquisition [10:01]
5. To The Country [2:58]
6. Deceiving Death [6:44]
7. Conflicts With Ernest [6:48]
8. Romantic Intentions [7:32]
9. Disputing Claims [6:56]
10. Self-Sacrifice [6:30]
11. Bargaining For Brides [8:12]
12. Brothers After All [4:50]
13. End Credits [:26]

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