The Portrait of a Lady (film)

The Portrait of a Lady

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jane Campion
Produced by Steve Golin
Monty Montgomery
Screenplay by Laura Jones
Based on The Portrait of a Lady
by Henry James
Music by Wojciech Kilar
Cinematography Stuart Dryburgh
Edited by Veronika Jenet
Distributed by Gramercy Pictures
Release dates
  • 28 August 1996 (1996-08-28) (VFF)
  • 24 December 1996 (1996-12-24) (United States)
  • 28 February 1997 (1997-02-28) (United Kingdom)
Running time
142 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Box office $3.7 million (United States)

The Portrait of a Lady is a 1996 film adaptation of Henry James's novel The Portrait of a Lady directed by Jane Campion.

The film stars Nicole Kidman, Barbara Hershey, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Martin Donovan, Shelley Duvall, Richard E. Grant, Shelley Winters, Viggo Mortensen, Valentina Cervi, Christian Bale, and John Gielgud.


The film tells the story of Isabel Archer (Kidman), an innocent young woman of independent means who is manipulated by her "friend" Madame Merle (Hershey) and the devious Gilbert Osmond (Malkovich).



The Portrait of a Lady received mixed reviews from critics, as it holds a 43% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 28 reviews.


The film was released in 1996 and won several awards for costuming, screenplay, as well as acting awards for Hershey and Donovan. It was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Barbara Hershey) and Best Costume Design. (Janet Patterson)[1]

Home media

On December 11, 2012, Shout! Factory released The Portrait Of A Lady: Special Edition on DVD and Blu-ray.[2]

See also


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