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Waltz of the Toreadors (1962)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 19 September 1962 (France)
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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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Lt. Robert Finch
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Dr. Grogan
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Estella Fitzjohn
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Sidonia Fitzjohn
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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
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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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As John Fraser had learned to ride horses while stationed as a British Army commissioned officer in Germany, he filmed all of his own horse-riding stunts for the film. The only stunt he did not perform himself is the one where his character, Robert, pulls Ghislaine from a moving train and flings her on to his horse, as the company insuring the film refused to allow it. See more »

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Lt. Robert Finch: I want to give you much more than my cold, Ghislaine, honest.
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Version of Toreadorvalsen (1980) See more »

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Pretty well acted but amazingly dull after a while
12 November 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

To me, this seemed like a one-joke kind of film where the joke isn't all that funny to begin with--certainly not enough to sustain a film. Peter Sellers plays a horny old general who has just retired from the British army circa 1908 or so. Over the course of the film, you learn that not only does he hate his wife but can't keep his eyes off other women. An old flame returns and you think they might run off together, but only moments later he's chasing some other tart. That is pretty much the entire film. Peter does a nice job imitating this sexual libertine and rotten family man who constantly tells his daughters they are stupid and ugly. While I guess his cruelty is supposed to be funny, I didn't particularly care for it.

The bottom line is that the acting is just fine, but the script is not. There just isn't enough to support a movie and my interest wained about mid-way through the film.


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