Movieline's Hollywood Life -
"...[A] dazzling stylistic achievement....Like James's novel, the film honors the mysterious process by which life is at once extinguished and renewed..."
Sight and Sound - 01/01/1998
"...[A] skillful, graceful movie..."
USA Today - 11/07/1997
"...[An] exquisitely mounted romantic gem..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4
Entertainment Weekly - 06/19/1998
"...Ravishing...[and] impassioned..." -- Rating: B+
New York Times - 10/15/1997
"...Spellbinding....This magnificent film conveys an intimation of what values count the most, of what really matters....Intelligent and sympathetic..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/15/1997
"...This story has a life and logic of its own..."
A social-climbing young woman gains a foothold in the late Victorian upper crust by virtue of her wealthy and cultured aunt's social connections, but finds marriage to her true love, a poor hack journalist, incompatible with her new station. She cooks up a plan to use her lover to bilk a guileless and fabulously wealthy American woman of her considerable fortune, but putting the scheme into action sparks painful conflicting emotions. A sleek adaptation of the eponymous Henry James novel, with the source material's bitterness tempered by a more sympathetic characterization of its heroine.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
The Wings Of The Dove
Highly acclaimed as one of the year's most outstanding movies, THE WINGS OF THE DOVE is a provocative tale of passion, temptation, and greed. Helena Bonham Carter (HOWARDS END) delivers a stunning, award-winning performance as Kate, a beautiful young society woman whose desire for a common journalist (Linus Roache) presents her with an impossible decision: leave him, or marry -- and face a life of poverty. Events take an unexpected twist, however, when Kate befriends a lonely young heiress (Alison Elliott) whose own tragic secret offers an irresistible ... but dangerous ... solution. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards(R), this intriguing story of forbidden love is a motion picture event you won't soon forget!
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Academy Award nominations: 4, including Best Actress--Helena Bonham Carter; Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Cinematography.