- Rated: Unrated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 25, 2002
- Originally Released: 1952
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Stills/Photos: Production Stills
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"...To lose one parent is a misfortune, to lose both is downright carelessness."
- Lady Bracknell (Dame Edith Evans)
Empire - 09/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "Anthony Asquith's sumptuous adaptation of Oscar Wilde's legendary farce is a frothy pleasure indeed."
Jack Worthing, a wealthy socialite, invents a twin brother in order to lead two lives. As Ernest he carouses in London and as Jack he woos Gwendolyn in the country. Gwendolyn, however, is intrigued by Ernest's rougish personality and she has a fetish for the name, too. So Jack and his friend Algernon play out a charade that leads to confusion, confessions, and declarations of love.
Essential Cinema |
Switching Roles |
- The complete title of Oscar Wilde's play is THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST: A TRIVIAL COMEDY FOR SERIOUS PEOPLE.
- Michael Redgrave is the father of Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave.
- Anthony Asquith was called by the nickname "Puffin."