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An Ideal Husband (1999 film) Quotes

An Ideal Husband (1999 film) is a television show that appeared on TV in 1970 . An Ideal Husband ended in 1970.

It features Barnaby Thompson as producer, Charlie Mole in charge of musical score, and David Johnson as head of cinematography.

An Ideal Husband (1999 film) is recorded in English and originally aired in United Kingdom. Each episode of An Ideal Husband (1999 film) is 97 minutes long. An Ideal Husband (1999 film) is distributed by Miramax Films.

The cast includes: Rupert Everett as Lord Arthur Goring, Jeremy Northam as Sir Robert Chiltern, Minnie Driver as Mabel, John Wood as Lord Caversham, Marsha Fitzalan as Countess, Ben Pullen as Tommy Trafford, Julianne Moore as Laura, Cate Blanchett as Gertrude, Julianne Moore as Mrs. Cheveley, and Lindsay Duncan as Lady Markby.

An Ideal Husband (1999 film) Quotes

Julianne Moore as Laura

  • (Julianne Moore) "Wonderful woman, Lady Markby, isn't she? Talks more and says less than anybody I ever met."
  • (Julianne Moore) "A rather charming little idea has come into my head, and now that I consider it, I find it to be a rather charming big idea."
  • (Julianne Moore) "Then I take it you reject my proposal?"
  • (Rupert Everett) "I'm afraid I must. For you see, as tempting as it may be, in truth it's little more than blackmail."
  • (Julianne Moore) "True."
  • (Julianne Moore) "I want to talk to you about a great political and financial scheme, about this Argentine Canal Company, in fact."
  • (Jeremy Northam) "What a tedious, practical subject for you to talk about Mrs. Cheveley."
  • (Julianne Moore) "Oh, I like tedious, practical subjects. What I don't like are tedious, practical people."
  • (Julianne Moore) "Do you know, Gertrude, I don't mind your talking morality a bit. Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike. You dislike me, I am quite aware of that, and I have always detested you."

Rupert Everett as Lord Arthur Goring

  • (Rupert Everett) "I'm sorry, Father, but the truth is, this is not my day for talking seriously."
  • (John Wood) "Well, what do you mean, sir?"
  • (Rupert Everett) "I mean that I only talk seriously on the first Tuesday of every month. Between noon and three."
  • (Rupert Everett) "Gertrude, it is not the perfect, but rather the imperfect who have need of love."
  • (Cate Blanchett) "You seem to know a great deal about it all of a sudden."
  • (Rupert Everett) "Oh, I hope not. All I know, Gertrude, is that it takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it. And even more courage to see it in the one you love. Gertrude, you have more courage than any woman I have ever known. Do not be afraid now to use it."
  • (Rupert Everett) "Excuse me a moment. I'm in the middle of my performance of the attentive son."
  • (Rupert Everett) "Shouldn't you be in bed, Miss Mabel?"
  • (Minnie Driver) "Lord Goring."
  • (Rupert Everett) "My father always tells me to go to bed, so I don't see why I shouldn't give you the same advice. I always pass on good advice. It is the only sensible thing to do with it."
  • (Rupert Everett) "I am glad you have called. I am going to give you some advice."
  • (Julianne Moore) "Oh pray, don't. One should never give a woman something that she can't wear in the evening."
  • (Rupert Everett) "It is a great nuisance. I can't find anyone else to talk to. I'm so full of interesting information, I feel like the latest edition of something or other. Well, after some consideration -- so much to do, there's only one thing to be done. There comes a time in every son's life when he must, indeed, follow his father's advice: I shall go to bed at once."
  • (Rupert Everett) "Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear. Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is oneself."
  • (Rupert Everett) "I love you -- I love you."
  • (Minnie Driver) "Is that your reason then?"
  • (Rupert Everett) "Mmm. Mabel, I said --"
  • (Minnie Driver) "I know."
  • (Rupert Everett) "Well? Couldn't you you love me just a little bit in return?"
  • (Minnie Driver) "Arthur, you silly. If you knew anything about anything, which you don't, you would know that I absolutely adore you."
  • (Rupert Everett) "Really?"
  • (Minnie Driver) "Mmm."
  • (Rupert Everett) "Well, why didn't you say anything before?"
  • (Minnie Driver) "Because, dear boy, you never would have believed me."

Jeremy Northam as Sir Robert Chiltern

  • (Jeremy Northam) "I will give you any sum of money you want."
  • (Julianne Moore) "Even you are not rich enough to buy back your past, Sir Robert. No man is."
  • (Jeremy Northam) "If you are suggesting, Sir Edward, that my position in society owes anything to my wife, you are utterly mistaken. It owes everything to my wife."
  • (Jeremy Northam) "Anyway, what's that saying about the sea and there being plenty of fish in it?"
  • (Rupert Everett) "Ah, yes, but I couldn't possibly marry a fish. I'd be sure to land an old trout."
  • (Jeremy Northam) "Is it fair, Arthur?"
  • (Rupert Everett) "Life is never fair, Robert. And perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not."
  • (Jeremy Northam) "Do you know, Arthur, I sometimes wish I were you."
  • (Rupert Everett) "Do you know, Robert, sometimes I wish you were too. Except that you would probably make something useful out of my life, and that would never do."

John Wood as Lord Caversham

  • (John Wood) "What are you doing here, sir? Wasting your time, as usual?"
  • (Rupert Everett) "My dear father, when one pays a visit, it is for the purpose of wasting other people's time and not one's own."
  • (John Wood) "I don't know how you stand society. A lot of damned nobodies talking about nothing."
  • (Rupert Everett) "I love talking about nothing, Father. It's the only thing I know anything about."
  • (John Wood) "That is a paradox, sir. I hate paradoxes."
  • (John Wood) "You are 36."
  • (Rupert Everett) "Shh. Father. I only admit to 32."
  • (John Wood) "Do you always understand everything you say?"
  • (Rupert Everett) "Yes -- if I listen attentively."
  • (John Wood) "Conceited young puppy."
  • (John Wood) "Now, if you don't make her an ideal husband, I'll cut you off with a shilling."
  • (Minnie Driver) "An ideal husband? Oh, I don't think I should like that."
  • (John Wood) "What do you want him to be then, my dear?"
  • (Minnie Driver) "I think he can be whatever he chooses."
  • (John Wood) "You don't deserve her, sir."
  • (Rupert Everett) "My dear father, if we men married the women we deserved -- we should have a very bad time of it."

Ben Pullen as Tommy Trafford

  • (Ben Pullen) "Miss Mabel, I hope you'll be able to make our usual appointment, as I have something very particular I wish to say to you. Good day, ladies."
  • (Minnie Driver) "When Tommy wants to be romantic, he talks to one just like a doctor."

Minnie Driver as Mabel

  • (Minnie Driver) "To look at a thing is quite different from seeing a thing, and one does not see anything until one sees its beauty."
  • (Minnie Driver) "You are very late."
  • (Rupert Everett) "Have you missed me?"
  • (Minnie Driver) "Awfully."
  • (Rupert Everett) "Then I am sorry I did not stay away longer. I like being missed."
  • (Minnie Driver) "How very selfish of you."
  • (Rupert Everett) "I am very selfish."
  • (Minnie Driver) "Lord Goring, you are always telling me about your bad qualities."
  • (Rupert Everett) "I haven't told you half of them as yet, Miss Mabel."
  • (Minnie Driver) "Really? Are the others very bad?"
  • (Rupert Everett) "Quite dreadful. When I think of them at night, I go to sleep at once."
  • (Minnie Driver) "Lord Goring, I gather you're to be congratulated."
  • (Rupert Everett) "Well, there's nothing I like more than to be congratulated, though invariably I find the pleasure immeasurably increased when I know what for."

Cate Blanchett as Gertrude

  • (Cate Blanchett) "Lord Goring, you are talking quite seriously."
  • (Rupert Everett) "You must forgive me, Lady Chiltern. It won't occur again."
  • (Cate Blanchett) "No, I like you to be serious."
  • (Minnie Driver) "Gertrude, please don't say such a dreadful thing to Lord Goring. Seriousness would be very unbecoming to him. Good morning, Lord Goring. Pray be as trivial as you can."
  • (Cate Blanchett) "The truth is, when I agreed to the story about the letter being intended for you and not for Arthur -- well, the truth is -- the truth is --"
  • (Cate Blanchett) "I lied."
  • (Cate Blanchett) "Oh, I need a drink."
  • (Cate Blanchett) "Yes, Arthur, it is Robert himself who wishes to retire from public life."
  • (Rupert Everett) "Rather than risk losing your love, he would do anything. Has he not been punished enough?"
  • (Cate Blanchett) "We've both been punished. I set him up too high."
  • (Rupert Everett) "Do not set him down now too low."

Marsha Fitzalan as Countess

  • (Marsha Fitzalan) "Aren't you going to congratulate me?"
  • (Rupert Everett) "Congratulations."
  • (Marsha Fitzalan) "Aren't you going to ask what for?"
  • (Rupert Everett) "What for?"
  • (Marsha Fitzalan) "I've made a great decision. I've decided to get married."
  • (Rupert Everett) "My God. Who to?"
  • (Marsha Fitzalan) "That part is yet to be decided."

Lindsay Duncan as Lady Markby

  • (Lindsay Duncan) "And you know, I can't help feeling that this disturbing new thing, this higher education of women, will deal a terrible blow to happy married life."
  • (Julianne Moore) "The higher education of men is what I should like to see. Men need it so sadly."
  • (Lindsay Duncan) "They do, dear. But I'm afraid such a scheme would be quite unpractical. I don't think man has much capacity for development. He has got as far as he can, and that is not far, is it?"

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