The Wings of the Dove


Release Date: 2nd January 1998
Director: Iain Softley
Writer: Hossein Amini
Producer: Stephen Evans & David Parfitt
Executive Producer: Paul Feldsher, Bob Weinstein & Harvey Weinstein

Runtime: 1hr 43mins
Language: English

Synopsis

In early 1900s London, England, Kate Croy lives under the careful watch of her domineering Aunt Maude, who is determined that the young woman does not follow in the path of her recently deceased mother, whose dissolute husband, Lionel, squandered her wealth in order to support his opium addiction. Maude wants Kate to marry the well-off Lord Mark, who has a title and estates, despite the fact that Kate does not love him. Kate is dependent on her wealthy aunt’s goodwill, but abandons her plans to defy her aunt when she is reminded that her father is at Maud’s mercy as well. Kate’s boyfriend, the financially struggling muckraking journalist Merton Densher, wants to marry her, but is sceptical of Kate’s intentions despite her pleas for him to wait as she tries to find a way out of her dilemma.

One day, Kate is introduced by Lord Mark to the wealthy and outgoing American orphan and heiress Millie Theale, who is on an extended trip through Europe with her best friend Susan Stringham, and the cynical Kate is captivated by Millie’s beauty, openness, and amusement at the conventions of society. Millie invites Kate to accompany her and Susan to Venice. Prior to their departure, Millie meets Merton, with whom she is smitten, and she asks him to join them as well.

Lord Mark secretly reveals to Kate that Millie is terminally ill, and that he desires Kate but has to marry Millie to avoid losing his estates. Knowing Millie is repulsed by Lord Mark’s crudity, she decides to emulate his scheme and persuade Merton to woo Millie; she fully expects Millie’s generous nature will lead her to include Merton in her will, making him wealthy enough to satisfy her aunt and allow them to marry. He despises her scheme but can’t resist the opportunity to be in Venice with Kate. Kate becomes so jealous of the genuine affection growing between Merton and Millie that she lures him away one night, abandoning Millie in a crowd. Millie confronts her the next morning and Kate realizes she must leave, without warning Merton, if her scheme is to succeed. What neither she nor Merton anticipate is how things will change when she is gone.

Some months later, following Millie’s death in Venice, Kate comes to Merton’s flat. She asks why he has not come to see her and finds a letter, telling Merton that Millie did indeed bequeath a sizeable portion of her estate to him. He tells Kate that he will not take the money, and she must marry him without it, if she will. She agrees, and they make love. But afterwards, Kate asks him to tell her that he is not still in love with Millie, or his memory of her, and he cannot. So Merton returns to Venice, alone.

Cast

Helena Bonham Carter…as Kate Croy
Linus Roache…as Merton Densher
Alison Elliott…as Millie Theale
Elizabeth McGovern…as Susan Stringham
Charlotte Rampling…as Aunt Maude
Michael Gambon…as Lionel Croy
Alex Jennings…as Lord Mark

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Awards

Won
1997: Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
1997: Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
1997: Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress
1997: Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
1997: Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
1997: Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
1997: Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
1997: National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
1997: Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Actress
1997: Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
1997: Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
1998: London Film Critics’ Circle Award for British Actress of the Year

Nominated
1997: Academy Award for Best Actress
1997: BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1997: Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
1997: Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1997: National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
1997: New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
1997: Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
1997: Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1997: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role