De-Lovely Movie Review 2004

Information and Film Reviews for De-Lovely the Movie

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Biopic of songwriter Cole Porter (Kline) is played as if Porter himself were directing a musical about his life. Focuses on his adultery-ridden marriage to put-upon wife Linda (Judd), who puts up with everything for as long she can. Dreary film is brightened by oddly updated covers of his tunes done by contemporary pop stars such as Elvis Costello, Alanis Morissette, and Sheryl Crow, but the story contains no real nods to Porter's artistic genius or creative struggles. Contrived staging is stolen from better films like "All That Jazz" and "Cabaret." Solid cast is very good, especially Judd, but story is deadly dull and glum.


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Running time 125 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Gays, Musical Drama, Musicals, Biopics: Musicians, Period Piece: 1920s, Marriage, Marriages of Convenience
Jay Cocks
Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Jonathan Pryce, Keith Allen, Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, Kevin McNally, Allan Corduner, Sandra Nelson, James Wilby, Kevin McKidd, Richard Dillane, Peter Polycarpou, Edward Baker-Duly
Tony Pierce-Roberts
Irwin Winkler
Cole Porter
Tim Fraser, Julie Monroe, John Hill, Janty Yates, Eve Stewart
Irwin Winkler, Rob Cowan, Charles Winkler, MGM

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