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

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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Awards

Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Winner Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)
Winner Make Up & Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1997)
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)