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The Wings of the Dove (1997)
A couple with everything but money. An heiress with everything but love. A temptation no one could resist.
by Luke Buckmaster
The Wings of the Dove is an adoption of one of Henry James lesser known novels.
Kate Croy (Helena Bonham Carter) is a conniving and repressively gloomy character, who is wholly in love with town commoner Merton Densher (Linus Roach). Forbidding their relationship is Kate's upper class Aunt Maud (Charlotte Rampling), who threatens to exclude Kate and her divorced father from the family's vast fortune.
The lovers sexual and emotional relationship is based on their understanding of each other, and the knowing that wherever one goes the other will be standing with them side to side. But Kate doesn't think twice about ignoring Merton's pleads for a low-standing-in-society-but-spiritually-beneficial marriage, and explores all opportunities to have her cake and screw it too.
The dazzling Millie Theale (Alison Elliot) enters the scheme; a charming and gorgeous millionaire who is slowly dying of a terminal disease. Kate works up a devilish scheme for Merton to seduce Millie, thus inheriting all her money if the plan goes right. But sooner or later she is forced to contemplate her relationships' integrity by balancing her desire to be rich by her longing to be the only woman in Merton's mind.
|Helena Bonham Carter||....||Kate Croy|
|Linus Roache||....||Merton Densher|
|Alison Elliott||....||Millie Theale|
|Charlotte Rampling||....||Aunt Maude|
|Elizabeth McGovern||....||Susan 'Susie' Stringham|
|Michael Gambon||....||Lionel Croy, Kate's Father|
|Alex Jennings||....||Lord Mark|
|Ben Miles||....||First Journalist|
|Philip Wright||....||Second Journalist|
|Shirley Chantrell||....||Opium Den Lady|
|Diana Kent||....||Merton's Party Companion|