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The Magnificent Ambersons


3.3 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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James Cromwell, Bruce Greenwood, Jennifer Tilly. A magnificent remake of Orson Welles' timeless tale of pride and jealousy among the prominent family of a Midwestern town at the turn of the 20th century. Directed by Alfonso Arau ( Like Water for Chocolate ). 2002/color/150 min/NR/fullscreen.

Alfonso Arau's handsome The Magnificent Ambersons, based on Orson Welles's original screenplay, is a brave attempt to restore the dramatic scenes lost when RKO radically recut Welles's magnificent 1941 masterpiece, but it's less a remake than a new take on the material. Bruce Greenwood makes a gracious and sincere Eugene Morgan, the inventor who woos heiress Isabel Amberson (a vibrant Madeleine Stowe) and finds his rival is her spoiled, arrogant son, George (played with sneering, bug-eyed intensity by Jonathan Rhys Meyers). It hits a few sour notes (notably Meyers and a terribly miscast Jennifer Tilly as the jealous Aunt Fanny), but the "new" scenes explore the sprawl of the city, the falling fortunes of the Amberson dynasty, and the almost incestuous intimacy between mother and son only hinted at in Welles's compromised version. It may lack the grand design and cinematic grace of Welles, but it creates its own gentle take on Booth Tarkington's turbulent novel. --Sean Axmaker

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  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Orson Welles biography/filmography

Product details

  • Actors: Madeleine Stowe, Bruce Greenwood, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Gretchen Mol, Jennifer Tilly
  • Directors: Alfonso Arau
  • Writers: Booth Tarkington, Orson Welles
  • Producers: Aldo U. Passalacqua, David Craig, Delia Fine, Doris Schwartz, Gene Kirkwood
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 29, 2002
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005UW73
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,785 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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