Lady Oscar (1979)

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The story of Lady Oscar, a female military commander who served during the time of the French Revolution.



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Complete credited cast:
Catriona MacColl ...
Barry Stokes ...
Christine Böhm ...
Jonas Bergström ...
Hans Axel von Fersen
Mark Kingston ...
Général de Jarjayes
Comte de Giraudet, Oscar's Fiancé
M. De Chantilly, the pistol duelist
Patrick Floersheim ...
Oscar's sword adversaire in tavern
Consuelo De Haviland ...
Oscar's pair at the Black Ball
Oscar as a child
Andrew Bagley ...
André as a child
Cadine Constan ...
Madame de Vallois / Launderess
Anouska Hempel ...
Rosalie Vallois
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Allan


Oscar François de Jarjayes was born female, but her father who longed for a son and a heir insisted she be raised as a boy, alongside, Andre Grandier, the grandson of her nanny. When Oscar matures into an adult she is selected to be captain of the guards at the Palace of Versailles under King Louis XVI and Marie Antonette. Oscar soon learns the problems of the monarchy and the plight of the poor which will eventually lead to the French Revolution. She also finds herself torn between her true love for the independent, but lower-class Andre and her duties as a member of aristocracy and a trusted subject of the King and Queen. Written by Hailey-7

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Release Date:

3 March 1979 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Berusaiyu no bara  »

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Did You Know?


Japanese translator Frederik L. Schodt translated the entire "Rose of Versailles" manga into English as a reference for the filmmakers, but gave the only copy of the translation to them and it was lost. See more »


In the ballroom scene we see a string quartet and a harpsichordist. However, we hear the soundtrack of a string orchestra. See more »


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Intriguing, but not as good as the anime
19 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To correct some inaccuracies in the above review, the anime "Rose of Versailles" came before "Lady Oscar," not afterward, and it was not targeted towards children. "Lady Oscar" is primarily based on the manga "Rose of Versailles" by Riyoko Ikeda, although it contains several plot differences from either anime or manga. The so-called "historical clichés" and the feminism the above reviewer cites are part of Ikeda's story and have nothing to do with the director of "Lady Oscar." I found the movie slightly disappointing in its variations from the anime and manga, but overall I liked it. It was nice to see the story of Lady Oscar presented in English, and I enjoyed seeing European actors filling the roles. Oscar's character differs greatly from her personality in the anime, but I found her much more personable in "Lady Oscar." I was disappointed, however, in the portrayal of Marie Antoinette as she was wholly flaky and unlikeable in "Lady Oscar" and lacked all the redeeming qualities she possessed in the anime. Also, the film overlooks the close nature of her relationship with Oscar as portrayed in Ikeda's manga.

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