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Sirens (1994)

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When a painting is termed blasphemous, a young minister and his wife visit the artist... and the three sexually playful models living with him.

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John Duigan

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John Duigan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Grant ... Anthony Campion
Tara Fitzgerald ... Estella Campion
Sam Neill ... Norman Lindsay
Elle Macpherson ... Sheela
Portia de Rossi ... Giddy (as Portia De Rossi)
Tziporah Malkah Tziporah Malkah ... Pru (as Kate Fischer)
Pamela Rabe ... Rose Lindsay
Ben Mendelsohn ... Lewis
John Polson ... Tom
Mark Gerber Mark Gerber ... Devlin
Julia Stone ... Jane
Ellie MacCarthy Ellie MacCarthy ... Honey
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Bishop of Sydney
John Duigan ... Earnest Minister
Lexy Murphy Lexy Murphy ... British Bulldog Girl
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Storyline

A young reverend and his wife are on the way from England to Australia to minister to their flock. The bishop asks him to visit an eccentric artist prone to sexual depictions and requests that he voluntarily withdraw a controversial work call "Crucified Venus" from his show. The minister, who considers himself a progressive, is shocked at the amoral atmosphere surrounding the painter, his wife, and the three models living at his estate. The minister's wife is troubled also, and has to deal with latent sexual urges while trying to remain loyal to her husband. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The enchanting new comedy from John Duigan [USA Theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sirens See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,299, 6 March 1994

Gross USA:

$7,770,731

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,770,731
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Frustrated by her failure to snag Devlin, Portia de Rossi's character says she'll swear off men completely. This actress later "came out" as a lesbian and has since gotten married to comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. See more »

Goofs

In the initial scene, the Campions move from the house to the pond to wait for the Lindsays, with Estella carrying her suitcase. But in the next scene when they are woken up by the pond side by the Lindsays, we find in addition to her suitcase, their big trunk is also lying next to them. See more »

Quotes

Sheela: [as Estella tries to wake up Anthony, who is sleeping very heavily] What'd you do to him? He's exhausted!
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During the opening credits, the names are "erased" by the two men walking down the hall to the right. See more »

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MARCH PAST OF THE KITCHEN UTENSILS, from WASPS
Written by Ralph Vaughan Williams
J. Curwen & Sons Ltd.
Used by permission of Faber Music Limited, London
Performed by The Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Patrick Thomas
Courtesy of Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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I enjoyed it.
5 October 2004 | by robert-558See all my reviews

Having lived through similar experiences while in my late 20's, early 30's I found the movie both entertaining as well as sensitive. I suppose there could have been more graphic scenes for those of a more shallow nature needing to see some models naked and doing more, but that was not necessary for my wife and I to enjoy it- having been there, we knew what was not pictured.

Men, like the Preacher, often fail to see the sensuous side of women, either that or it frightens them. They see "sex" when they should be seeing loving and caring. The movie illustrates that nicely. The two townsmen who come to visit the models are a clear example of sex versus loving and sensuality. The clueless type is the Preacher.


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