• De-Lovely (2004)


Release Date: July 16th, 2004

DVD Release Date: December 21st, 2004

PG-13 |2 hr 5 min

Plot Summary

At the staging of a musical production based on his life story, songwriter Cole Porter (Kevin Kline) begins to reflect on his life and career. As he trades notes with the play's director, Gabe (Jonathan Pryce), Porter recollects his meteoric rise on Broadway during the mid-1920s and his first meeting with wife and muse Linda Thomas (Ashley Judd). He also recalls his many extramarital, homosexual dalliances, and the deep depression and seclusion of his final years.

Cast: Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Pryce, Kevin R. McNally, Allan Corduner, Sandra Nelson, Keith Allen, James Wilby

Director: Irwin Winkler

Genres: Biography , Musical , Drama

Production Co: United Artists, Winkler Films

Distributors: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Keywords: Rise , 1960s , 1930s , Melodramatic , Sacrifice , Wife , Charming , 1940s , Love , Inspiring , 1950s , Temptation , Creative ,

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 20
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    A limited movie that can't animate its subject amid all the tricks and glitz. De-Lovely is devoid of life.

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    A sprightly musical revue built around Cole Porter songs and a few biographical tidbits culled from his extraordinary life. show more

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    This intelligent, postmodern biography from director Irwin Winkler and screenwriter Jay Cocks uses Porter's songs, by turns haunting and hilarious, to decode and reconstruct a life hinted at in the familiar words and music. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy