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Effie Gray

6.5 / 33 votes

World Premiere

Sunday 5th October 2014
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UK Cinema Release Date

Friday 10th October 2014
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Contains moderate sex references. Suitable for 12 years and over.
Current Status:released

Next Showing:

None. Last shown in UK cinemas on 7th March 2016.
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1 hour 48 minutes (approx.)

Movie Synopsis:

A look at the mysterious relationship between Victorian artist John Ruskin and his teenage bride Euphemia "Effie" Gray. Ruskin's sexual dysfunction and his wife's sexual innocence and inexperience in the repressed atmosphere of Victorian England are further complicated by Effie's affair with pre-Raphaelite painter Sir John Everett Millais after Effie poses for the artist and falls in love with him. Author and art historian Lady Elizabeth Eastlake, Effie's friend and champion, encourages her to seek an annulment from her husband. In order to prove non-consummation of the marriage, Effie is forced to undergo a physical examination that confirms her virginity after five years of marriage to Ruskin. During the trial, which creates a scandal and more discussion than the ongoing Crimean War, a doctor testifies that the plaintiff is a virgin. The physical examination and embarrassing courtroom testimony about her intimate life induces a psychosomatic paralysis that lasts 10 days. The judge rules in Effie's favor, citing her husband's "incurable impotency." While her internationally renowned husband continues his busy professional and social life, Effie, a spirited, outgoing woman, is ousted from society and forbidden to attend any event where Queen Victoria is present. Her ostracism is alleviated by her marriage to Millais, with whom she will eventually have eight children.

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Effie Gray Cast

Dakota Fanning

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Date of Birth:

23 February 1994

Real Name:

Hannah Dakota Fanning


5' 3½" (1.61 m)

Emma Thompson

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Date of Birth:

15 April 1959

Real Name:



5' 8½" (1.74 m)

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Claudia Cardinale

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Date of Birth:

15 April 1938

Real Name:

Claude Joséphine Rose Cardinale


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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Robbie Coltrane

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Date of Birth:

30 March 1950

Real Name:

Anthony Robert McMillan


6' 1" (1.85 m)

Julie Walters

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Date of Birth:

22 February 1950

Real Name:

Julia Mary Walters


5' 3" (1.60 m)

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Derek Jacobi

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Date of Birth:

22 October 1938

Real Name:

Derek George Jacobi


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Tom Sturridge

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Date of Birth:

December 1985

Real Name:

Thomas Sidney Jerome Sturridge




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