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Waltz of the Toreadors (1962)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy  |  19 September 1962 (France)
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This is the end of a glorious military career: General Leo Fitzjohn retires to his Sussex manor where he will write his memoirs. Unfortunately, his private life is a disaster: a confirmed ... See full summary »

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Dany Robin ...
Margaret Leighton ...
John Fraser ...
Lt. Robert Finch
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Dr. Grogan
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Estella Fitzjohn
Denise Coffey ...
Sidonia Fitzjohn
Jean Anderson ...
Agnes
Raymond Huntley ...
Ackroyd, Court President
Cardew Robinson ...
Midgley the Undertaker
John Glyn-Jones ...
Jenkins the Innkeeper
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Rev. Grimsley
Vanda Godsell ...
Mrs. Emma Bulstrode, Dress Shop Proprietor
Catherine Feller ...
Rosemary, the young maid
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This is the end of a glorious military career: General Leo Fitzjohn retires to his Sussex manor where he will write his memoirs. Unfortunately, his private life is a disaster: a confirmed womanizer, Leo has infuriated his wife Emily, now a shrewish and hypochondriac woman, all the more bitter as she still loves him. The General has two plain-looking daughters he dislikes and an attractive French mistress, Ghislaine, with whom he has had a platonic affair for seventeen years. When Ghislaine resurfaces, determined to complete her love with him and to get rid of Emily, Leo is at a loss what to do... Written by Guy Bellinger

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The original Broadway production of "The Waltz of the Toreadors" by Jean Anouilh opened at the Coronet Theater in New York on January 17, 1957, ran for 132 performances and was nominated for the 1957 Tony Award for the Best Play. See more »

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Mrs. Emma Bulstrode, Dress Shop Proprietor: We have to perform miracles to make beauties out of these girls.
Gen. Leo Fitzjohn: That's more than their mother could do.
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A haunting, wonderful movie
4 October 2003 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful little movie which displays Peter Sellers's acting genius both for comedy and serious drama. It is a haunting story of a general at the end of his career, about how much was real and not real in his life, and about his weaknesses and distractions. It is easy to project certain kinds of political observations on to this movie, as was done in an earlier review by wjfickling in his comment about the advantages that men have over women, but it is just as easy to project the opposite. The genius of the movie is that it tells a story of the bitter sweetness of a man's life that is outside the politcally correct "truth du jour" and can be taken directly, as it is.


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