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At Theaters: 11/14/1997 On Video: 6/16/1998
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 41 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 119720
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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"The Wings of the Dove," inspired by the classic novel by Henry James is the tale of a couple with everything but money, an heiress with everything but love ­ and a temptation no one could resist. When Kate (Helena Bonham Carter) falls in love with a common journalist (Linus Roache), she faces an impossible choice: either marry the man she loves, or give him up to take her rightful place in society. The struggle between her head and her heart is a conflict between 19th century values and 20th century passions. Their highly charged love affair is forbidden and necessarily discreet until the arrival of a young American heiress (Alison Elliott) nursing her own tragic secret. She offers them a tempting solution that will lead all three into a world of dizzying possibility and unexpected consequence.

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Drama - Slow and sumptuous like most period pieces, THE WINGS OF THE DOVE, based on the novel by Henry James, is a little more "modern" than the recent WASHINGTON SQUARE, but it will likely appeal to the same audience.  The movie should play well to viewers who like motion picture adaptations of classic, early-20th century literature or enjoy Merchant-Ivory fare such as HOWARDS END and THE REMAINS OF THE DAY.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Helena Bonham Carter (Mighty Aphrodite)
Linus Roache (Priest)
Alison Elliott (The Spitfire Grill)
Director: Iain Softley (Hackers)
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Production Notes Heading
Not provided by studio.
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: One mild instance.
SEX/NUDITY: Full frontal female nudity.  Two sex scenes.
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Occasional smoking, alcohol use.  One scene in opium den.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Very little, and none that is overt.
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Very Good
THE WINGS OF THE DOVE is very much an actors' film because, although the characters are set down on paper, it's up to the performers to bring them to life.  A viewer's appreciation of the film, with all of its powerful drama and uncomfortable questions, depends on his or her acceptance of each of the three principals as unique individuals, not as stereotypical "heroes" or "villains.  The trio of actors (Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roache, Alison Elliott) in the lead roles all perform effectively, using facial expressions and body language to highlight the moral ambiguities of their characters. THE WINGS OF THE DOVE is not a happy tale, but it is a vivid and unforgettable one, featuring multi-dimensional characters, beautiful cinematography, impressive set design, and accomplished acting.
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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 185 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
3
Low
33%%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
8
Fairly High
75%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
10
Fairly High
90%%
30+Adults (M)
63
Fairly High
79%%
30+Adults (F)
101
High
84%%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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