Skip to main content

PG-13| 2 hr. 18 min.

Plot Summary
In 1930s Shanghai, blind American ex-diplomat Todd Jackson (Ralph Fiennes) is a frequenter of the city's seamy underbelly of nightclubs and gambling houses. Todd is infatuated with Sofia (Natasha Richardson), a once-wealthy countess who has taken to dancing and prostitution in order to support herself. With earnings from a horse race, Todd opens an upscale nightclub to cater to Shanghai's wealthy elite, installing Sofia -- "The White Countess" -- as its hostess and spiritual muse.

Cast: Ralph Fiennes , Natasha Richardson , Vanessa Redgrave , Lynn Redgrave , John Wood , Madeleine Potter , Allan Corduner , Hiroyuki Sanada

Director: James Ivory

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

The White Countess (2005)

Release Date: December 21st, 2005|2 hr. 18 min.

watch now
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Richardson -- acting with her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, who plays her aunt, and her aunt Lynn Redgrave, who plays her mother -- finds the story's grieving heart. Fiennes is her match in soulful artistry. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    This is Merchant-Ivory's kind of showmanship, the unflashy adult variety of movie magic that they made their hallmark. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The film takes a long time to unfold, and some scenes feel inert. But ultimately, the conclusion is moving and satisfying. show more

  • August 29, 2011 tucsonjl
    Report This User

    I found nothing of any value, or interest, in this movie. I found Ralph Fiennes to be a source of irritation throughout the film.

How do you watch stuff?


How else do you watch?

Select your online providers
My Settings

You are currently subscribed as: {email}


Get the latest reviews, movie news, photos, and trailers sent straight to your inbox.

Weekly Newsletter

Daily alerts


You're not following any movies.

These are the movies you’re currently following.

    Update settings