• Oscar and Lucinda (1997)

Oscar and Lucinda

Release Date: 1997

DVD Release Date: January 11th, 2005

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

Production Co: Fox Searchlight

Keywords: Sacrifice, Touching, Passionate, London, Love interest, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Rick GroenThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    In a sometimes misguided narrative, their scenes together are right on track -- they add lightness, even a shimmering hint of humour, to a symbol-laden drama. Theirs is a unique romance that has a sparrow's frail beauty -- it beats with a trembling, fluttering heart. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Here there is a dry wit, generated between the well-balanced performances of Fiennes and Blanchett, who seem quietly delighted to be playing two such rich characters. show more

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Despite some obvious overplotting, Oscar and Lucinda is a mostly effective and often affecting motion picture that touches our hearts while daring our minds to balk at its implausible coincidences. show more

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