Tulip Fever

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Tulip Fever
Tulip Fever poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Justin Chadwick
Produced by Alison Owen
Written by Tom Stoppard
Based on Tulip Fever
by Deborah Moggach
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography Eigil Bryld
Edited by Rick Russell
Distributed by The Weinstein Company
Release date
  • August 13, 2017 (2017-08-13) (Soho House, London)
  • September 1, 2017 (2017-09-01) (United States)
Running time
107 minutes[1]
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $25 million[2]
Box office $5.7 million[1]

Tulip Fever is a 2017 historical drama film directed by Justin Chadwick and written by Tom Stoppard, adapted from a novel by Deborah Moggach. It stars Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Jack O'Connell, Zach Galifianakis, Judi Dench, Christoph Waltz, Holliday Grainger, Matthew Morrison and Cara Delevingne. The plot follows a 17th-century painter in Amsterdam who falls in love with a married woman whose portrait he has been hired to paint.

Filmed in the summer of 2014, Tulip Fever was delayed numerous times before finally being released in the United States on September 1, 2017, by The Weinstein Company.


Set in the Netherlands in the 17th century, during the period of the tulip mania, the film tells the story of an artist (Dane DeHaan) who falls for a married young woman (Alicia Vikander) while he's commissioned to paint her portrait by her husband (Christoph Waltz). The two invest in the risky tulip market in hopes of building a future together.



The film was originally planned to be made in 2004 on a $48 million budget, with Jude Law, Keira Knightley and Jim Broadbent as lead actors, John Madden as director and Steven Spielberg producing through DreamWorks. However, the production was halted days before it was scheduled to start filming as a result of changes in tax rules affecting film production in the UK.[3][4]

On July 8, 2013, the Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye reported that Justin Chadwick would direct the film with Alicia Vikander attached to star in the role of Sophia and that Matthias Schoenaerts was being sought for the male lead. Bamigboye reported that Chadwick together with producers Alison Owen and Harvey Weinstein, decided to cast Vikander for the film.[5][6]

In 2014, Alison Owen partnered with Weinstein to restart the film after re-acquiring the rights to the film from Paramount Pictures;[7][8] in October 2013, Dane DeHaan was in talks to join the cast.[9][10] In February 2014, Christoph Waltz joined the cast;[11] in April 2014, Holiday Grainger, Cara Delevingne, and Jack O’Connell joined the cast.[12][13][14] In June 2014, Judi Dench was cast as The Abbess of St. Ursula, who takes in orphaned children,[15] that same month Tom Hollander, Cressida Bonas, and David Harewood joined the cast.[16][17][18] In August 2014, Matthew Morrison joined.[19] Deborah Moggach, author of the novel, also appears in the film.[8] Harvey Weinstein offered Harry Styles the role of Mattheus, but the singer turned it down due to scheduling conflicts, and Matthew Morrison was cast instead.[19][20]

The crew of Tulip Fever includes cinematographer Eigil Bryld, production designer Simon Elliott, costume designer Michael O’Connor, hair and make-up designer Daniel Phillips and editor Rick Russell.[21] Tom Stoppard has adapted the screenplay for the film.[22] The London-based Welsh portrait artist Jamie Routley did the original portraits that are seen in the film.[23] Danny Elfman composed the film's score.[24]


Filming took place at Cobham Hall in Cobham, Kent, Norwich Cathedral,[18] Holkham (in Norfolk),[25] Tilbury, (in Essex), Kentwell Hall (in Suffolk) and at Pinewood Studios on various dates throughout June and July in 2014.[26]


Footage from the film was screened in May 2015 at the Cannes Film Festival;[27] in December 2015, the first image of the film featuring Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz was released.[28] The film was originally scheduled to be released in November 2015, but was pushed back to July 15, 2016[29] and then delayed again until February 24, 2017,[30][31] it was then pulled from the schedule,[32] and later moved to August 25, 2017.[33] On August 16, 2017, the film was again delayed, this time being pushed back a week to September 1,[34] the film premiered on August 13, 2017, at London's Soho House.[35]

Box office[edit]

As of September 17, 2017, Tulip Fever has grossed $2.2 million in the United States and Canada and $3.5 million in other territories for a total of $5.7 million, against a production budget of $25 million.[1]

In North America, Tulip Fever was projected to gross $1–2 million from 765 theaters in its opening weekend,[36] it ended up debuting to $1.2 million ($1.5 million over the four-day Labor Day weekend) in what was the worst combined holiday weekend since 1998.[37] Despite adding seven theaters in its second weekend, the film dropped 75.4% to $285,300, the 37th biggest such drop in history.[38]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 7% based on 43 reviews, with an average rating of 4.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Tulip Fever is a lush, handsomely-mounted period piece undone by uninspired dialogue and excessive plotting."[39] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized average rating to reviews, the film has an average score of 38 out of 100, based on 21 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[40]

Writing for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers gave the film 1 star out of 4, saying, "Tulip Fever, which was shot in 2014 but only hitting theaters now after years of recutting, retooling and release-date reshuffling, should have been allowed to die on the vine ... The film just sits there onscreen like a wilting flower with nothing to nourish it."[41]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ Paramount, which initially acquired rights to the film, were only given a studio credit in the final film.


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