• The Wings of the Dove (1997)

The Wings of the Dove

Release Date: 1997

DVD Release Date: September 14th, 1999

R |1 hr 41 min

Plot Summary

Kate (Helena Bonham Carter) is secretly betrothed to a struggling journalist, Merton Densher (Linus Roache). But she knows her Aunt Maude (Charlotte Rampling) will never approve of the match, since Kate's deceased mother has lost all her money in a marriage to a degenerate opium addict (Michael Gambon). When Kate meets a terminally ill American heiress named Millie (Alison Elliott) traveling through Europe, she comes up with a conniving plan to have both love and wealth.

Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roache, Alison Elliott, Elizabeth McGovern, Charlotte Rampling, Alex Jennings, Michael Gambon

Director: Iain Softley

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Miramax Films

Keywords: Father, Forbidden love, Passionate, London, Moving, Love triangle, Temptation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Edward GuthmannSan Francisco Chronicle

    The difference is that Iain Softley, who directed Wings of the Dove, and his screenwriter Hossein Amini, who wrote the overlooked "Jude," are keen observers who bring a wealth of ambiguity and mystery to the surface -- and release their characters from the cliches that easily could have swallowed them. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    In The Wings of the Dove, there is a fascination in the way smart people try to figure one another out. The film is acted with great tenderness. show more

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    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. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Winner Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998)
Winner Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998)
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998)