An Ideal Husband

Synopsis: Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed. Sir Robert turns for help to his friend Lord Goring, an apparently idle philanderer and the despair of his father. Goring knows the lady of old, and, for him, takes the whole thing pretty seriously.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Oliver Parker
Production: Miramax Films
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 15 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

Chre madame, quelle surprise!

Lady Markby.

- I have not seen you since Berlin.

- Five years ago, Vicomte.

You are younger and more beautiful

than ever. How do you manage it?

By making it a rule only to talk

to charming people like yourself.

Mrs Cheveley.

What do we know about her?

Very influential in Vienna -

in the highest circles.

A force to be reckoned with.

And are you staying in London long?

That depends on the weather,

the cooking,...

.. and partly on your brother.

My dear, Sir Robert

has been dying to meet you.

Everyone is! Our attachs in Vienna

write to us about nothing else.

An acquaintance that begins

with a compliment...

.. is sure to develop into a real friendship.

- I see you've met my sister.

- Yes, indeed.

My dear child, allow me to introduce you

to the Vicomte de Nanjac.


You have a beautiful house, Sir Robert.

We're very happy here.

- I would so love to look around.

- Allow me.

Thank you.

Lord Goring.

Good evening, young lady.

Well, sir, what are you doing here?

Wasting your life, as usual!

You should be in bed, sir!

I heard you were at Lady Rufford's

dancing till four in the morning!

- Good evening, Father.

- How do you stand London society?

A lot of damn nobodies

talking about nothing!

Nothing is the only thing

I know anything about.

That's a paradox, sir. I hate paradoxes.

So do I. Everyone one meets

is a paradox nowadays.

It makes society so... obvious, hm?

Do you always understand

what you say, sir?

Yes,... if I listen attentively.


Oh, conceited young puppy!

I have it on very good authority

that you have some delightful Corots.

- Oh, really? Whose?

- Baron Arnheim.

- Did you know the Baron well?

- Intimately. Did you?

- At one time.

- Wonderful man, wasn't he?

Very remarkable, in many ways.

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