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R| 2 hr. 12 min.

Plot Summary
After a childhood of abuse by his evangelistic father, misfit Oscar Hopkins (Ralph Fiennes) becomes an Anglican minister and develops a divine obsession with gambling. Lucinda Leplastrier (Cate Blanchett) is a rich Australian heiress shopping in London for materials for her newly acquired glass factory back home. Deciding to travel to Australia as a missionary, Oscar meets Lucinda aboard ship, and a mutual obsession blossoms. They make a wager that will alter each of their destinies.

Cast: Ralph Fiennes , Cate Blanchett , Ciarán Hinds , Tom Wilkinson , Richard Roxburgh , Clive Russell , Bille Brown , Josephine Byrnes

Director: Gillian Armstrong

Genres: Romance

Distributor: Fox

Oscar and Lucinda (1997)

Release Date: December 31st, 1997|2 hr. 12 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
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  • The film version is gorgeous to look at and contains amusing performances from Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett in the title roles. But it fails to get inside the minds of gamblers as Peter Carey so admirably did in his Booker Prize-winning novel. show more

  • But for an epic set up to trace two life stories, there's a lack of dramatic focus, and the leads fail to evince any particular chemistry as friends who come to have a deeper emotional connection. [31Dec1997 Pg.02.D] show more

  • Armstrong is usually a strong and original director of actors (her 1979 "My Brilliant Career" launched the inimitable Judy Davis). But here, her taste seems to have deserted her. [31Dec1997 Pg.30] show more

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