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De-Lovely (2004)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Music | 6 August 2004 (USA)
Inspecting a magical biographical stage musical, composer Cole Porter reviews his life and career with his wife, Linda.

Director:

Irwin Winkler

Writer:

Jay Cocks

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Kline ... Cole Porter
Ashley Judd ... Linda Porter
Jonathan Pryce ... Gabe
Kevin McNally ... Gerald Murphy
Sandra Nelson ... Sara Murphy
Allan Corduner ... Monty Woolley
Peter Polycarpou ... L.B. Mayer
Keith Allen ... Irving Berlin
James Wilby ... Edward Thomas
Kevin McKidd ... Bobby Reed
Richard Dillane ... Bill Wrather
Edward Baker-Duly ... Boris Kochno
Angie Hill ... Ellin Berlin
Harry Ditson ... Dr. Moorhead
Tayler Hamilton ... Honoria Murphy
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Storyline

De-Lovely is an original musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter, filled with his unforgettable songs. In the film, Porter is looking back on his life as if it was one of his spectacular stage shows, with the people and events of his life becoming the actors and action onstage. Through elaborate production numbers and popular hits like "Anything Goes," "It's De-Lovely," and "Night and Day," Porter's elegant, excessive past comes to light - including his deeply complicated relationship with his wife and muse, Linda Lee Porter. Written by Anonymous

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A love that would never die and music that would live forever.


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Rated PG-13 for sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

6 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Just One of Those Things See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$292,963, 4 July 2004

Gross USA:

$13,456,633

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,611,951
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

While promoting My Old Lady (2014), Kevin Kline stated he wore a green sock for scenes where Cole had his leg amputated. See more »

Goofs

After the conclusion of "Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)" Linda reaches into her purse twice to give Cole his cigarette case. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gabe: Hello, Cole. I let myself in.
Cole Porter: We're not late, are we? I hate to be late.
Gabe: No, no. We're fine. That sounded lovely.
Cole Porter: I hate funeral music. Though, under the circumstances, I suppose I should say my prayers.
Gabe: Why start now?
Cole Porter: Exactly.
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Connections

Features Night and Day (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Night and Day
(1932)
Performed by John Barrowman and Kevin Kline
Music and Lyrics written by Cole Porter
Music Published by Warner Bros. Inc./Chappell & Co, Inc. (ASCAP)
Produced by Stephen Endelman and Peter Asher
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Kline is De-Vine
19 July 2004 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

DE-LOVELY (2004) *** Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Jonatahan Pryce, (Cameos: Robbie Williams, Elvis Costello, Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, Mick Hucknall, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole) Kline gives a marvelously sublime turn as acclaimed songsmith Cole Porter whose career as one of the preeminent song writers of the twentieth century was inspired by his wife Linda (the usually irritable Judd who acquits herself nicely), whose marriage sustained quite a bit due to Porter's homosexual predilections which are depicted with class thanks to director Irwin Winkler who uses the flashback as seen by an aged Porter viewing his fabulous career as well as the pitfalls with a decidedly unsubtle angel (Pryce) escorting him into the afterlife thanks to a workman-like screenplay by Jay Cocks. Famous singers are sprinkled throughout to warble Porter's classic tunes with mixed results as the film is more-or-less loose and fancy free with great production design and lovely costumes bringing each era into full bloom.


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