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Oscar and Lucinda (1997)

R
132 min | Drama, Romance

In mid-1800s England, Oscar is a young Anglican priest, a misfit and an outcast, but with the soul of an angel. As a boy, even though from a strict Pentecostal family, he felt God told him through a sign to leave his father and his faith ...See moreIn mid-1800s England, Oscar is a young Anglican priest, a misfit and an outcast, but with the soul of an angel. As a boy, even though from a strict Pentecostal family, he felt God told him through a sign to leave his father and his faith and join the Church of England. Lucinda is a teen-aged Australian heiress who has an almost desperate desire to liberate her sex from the confines of the male-dominated culture of the Australia of that time. She buys a glass factory and has a dream of building a church made almost entirely of glass, and then transporting it to Bellingen, a remote settlement on the north coast. Oscar and Lucinda meet on a ship going to Australia; once there, they are for different reasons ostracized from society, and as a result "join forces" together. Oscar and Lucinda are both passionate gamblers, and Lucinda bets Oscar her entire inheritance that he cannot transport the glass church to the Outback safely. Oscar accepts her wager, and this leads to the events that will change both their lives forever. Written by M.E. Nelson See less
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Peter Carey (novel) | Laura Jones (screenplay)
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$16,000,000
Opening weekend
$83,461
Gross (US & Canada)
$1,897,404
Gross (World)
$1,897,404
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Dec 31, 1997 (United States)

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Ralph Fiennes
Oscar Hopkins Oscar Hopkins   See fewer
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Cate Blanchett
Lucinda Leplastrier Lucinda Leplastrier   See fewer
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Ciarán Hinds
Reverend Dennis Hasset (as Ciaran Hinds) Reverend Dennis Hasset (as Ciaran Hinds)   See fewer
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Tom Wilkinson
Hugh Stratton Hugh Stratton   See fewer
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Richard Roxburgh
Mr. Jeffries Mr. Jeffries   See fewer
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Clive Russell
Theophilus Theophilus   See fewer
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Bille Brown
Percy Smith Percy Smith   See fewer
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Miriam Chadwick Miriam Chadwick   See fewer
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Barnaby Kay
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Barry Otto
Jimmy D'Abbs Jimmy D'Abbs   See fewer
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Linda Bassett
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Geoffrey Rush
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Polly Cheshire
Young Lucinda Young Lucinda   See fewer
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Gillian Jones
Elizabeth Leplastrier Elizabeth Leplastrier   See fewer
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Robert Menzies
Abel Leplastrier Abel Leplastrier   See fewer
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Young Oscar Young Oscar   See fewer
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James Tingey
Oscar (13 Years Old) Oscar (13 Years Old)   See fewer
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Matyelok Gibbs
Mrs. Williams Mrs. Williams   See fewer
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Sonia Ritter
Fanny Drabble Fanny Drabble   See fewer
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Will Barton
College Student College Student   See fewer
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College Student College Student   See fewer
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Mr. Ahearn Mr. Ahearn   See fewer
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Mrs. Ahearn Mrs. Ahearn   See fewer
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Steamer Captain Steamer Captain   See fewer
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Belgian Girl Belgian Girl   See fewer
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Miss Mary Hasset Miss Mary Hasset   See fewer
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Waiter Waiter   See fewer
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Oscar's Son Oscar's Son   See fewer
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Lucinda's draughtsman (uncredited) Lucinda's draughtsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.7 / 10 | 6,184 votes