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The Invisible Woman (2013)

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At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.

Director:

Ralph Fiennes

Writers:

Abi Morgan, Claire Tomalin (book)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Felicity Jones ... Nelly (as Ms. Felicity Jones)
John Kavanagh ... Rev. William Benham (as Mr. John Kavanagh)
Tom Attwood Tom Attwood ... Mr. Lambourne (as Mr. Tom Atwood)
Susanna Hislop Susanna Hislop ... Mary (as Ms. Susanna Hislop)
Tom Burke ... Mr. George Wharton Robinson (as Mr. Tom Burke)
Tommy Curson-Smith Tommy Curson-Smith ... Geoffrey (as Mr. Tommy Curson-Smith)
David Collings ... Governor (as Mr. David Collings)
Michael Marcus ... Charley Dickens (as Mr. Michael Marcus)
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Mrs. Frances Ternan (as Ms. Kirstin Scott Thomas)
Perdita Weeks ... Maria Ternan (as Ms. Perdita Weeks)
Ralph Fiennes ... Charles Dickens (as Mr. Ralph Fiennes)
Richard McCabe Richard McCabe ... Mr. Mark Lemon (as Mr. Richard McCabe)
Gabriel Vick Gabriel Vick ... Mr. Berger (as Mr. Gabriel Vick)
Mark Dexter ... Mr. Augustus Egg (as Mr. Mark Dexter)
Joseph Paxton Joseph Paxton ... Mr. Pigott (as Mr. Joseph Paxton)
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In the 1850s, Ellen Ternan is a minimally talented actress who catches the eye of the hailed British author, Charles Dickens. Bored with his intellectually unstimulating wife, Dickens takes the educated Ellen as his mistress with the cooperation of her mother. What follows is a stormy relationship with this literary giant who provides her with a life few women of her time can enjoy. Yet, Ellen is equally revolted by Charles' emotional cruelty and determination to keep her secret. In that conflict, Ellen must judge her own role in her life and decide if the price she pays is bearable. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Charles Dickens' greatest story was the one he could never tell.


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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 February 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A titokzatos szerető See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,136, 3 January 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,234,254

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,982,449
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ralph Fiennes both directed and stars in the film (playing Charles Dickens). See more »

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When collecting cash for the hospital, there is an 1895 Crown coin on the plate. Charles Dickens died in 1870. See more »

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[first lines]
Mr. George Wharton Robinson: Our boys' curriculum is very wide. They perform a short play at the end of every term. Theater's an abiding interest of my wife... Ah, Mary, tea if you please.
Mary: [arriving late] Yes, sir.
Mr. George Wharton Robinson: Through the open door... Nelly, where were you? Mr. Benham has been here since 3:00.
Nelly: I'm so sorry. Mr. Lambourne has been organizing the boys best he can.
Mary: I lost all sense of time...
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The full cast list (in order of appearance) is presented in the style of a Dickens era theatre programme, with contemporary font and the performers' names preceded by "Mr." or "Ms." See more »

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Performed by Richard Standing
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A bit of a yawner

Ralph Fiennes Directs the movie and plays the main character, Charles Dickens who was probably one of the most famous English authors of all time. At the high tog his career, he meets a young actress played by Felicity Jones, and against all odds and complications including age and the fact that Dickens is married, they fall in love. His wife played by Joanna Scanlan was great. The few scenes she was in were some of the best. I felt bad for her and for Dickens new lover in the end. The movie is more a commentary of women's rights or lack thereof in Victorian England. I can see why this movie was nominated for costume design. I wouldn't say I'm an expert, but what little I do know about the time period, everything seemed pretty accurate. Actually there was a lot of good things about this movie. Unfortunately, in the end it was just a little dull. Maybe it was the pacing. I always think that's one of the most important elements sin a movie. It can make a movie, where you don't think the plot would be interesting, actually good and visa versa. Other things I did like about the movie was the acting, cinematography and art direction. Rent it on Redbox or Netflix or something someday, or better yet, read one of his books. My favorite is Tale of Two Cities.


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