Ms. Isabel Archer isn't afraid to challenge societal norms. Impressed by her free spirit, her kindhearted cousin writes her into his fatally ill father's will. Suddenly rich and independent, Isabelle ventures into the world, along the way befriending a cynical intellectual and romancing an art enthusiast. However, the advantage of her affluence is called into question when she realizes the extent to which her money colors her relationships.

  1. Laura Jones


  2. Henry James


  3. Jane Campion


Top Billed Cast

  1. Nicole Kidman

    Nicole Kidman

    Isabel Archer

  2. John Malkovich

    John Malkovich

    Gilbert Osmond

  3. Barbara Hershey

    Barbara Hershey

    Madame Serena Merle

  4. Mary-Louise Parker

    Mary-Louise Parker

    Henrietta Stackpole

  5. Christian Bale

    Christian Bale

    Edward Rosier

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The Portrait of a Lady
The Portrait of a Lady


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  • December 24, 1996
    Theatrical (limited)


    Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Films given this rating may contain sexual content, brief or partial nudity, some strong language and innuendo, humor, mature themes, political themes, terror and/or intense action violence. However, bloodshed is rarely present. This is the minimum rating at which drug content is present.

  • January 17, 1997


Original Language English

Runtime 2h 24m

Budget -

Revenue $3,692,836.00

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