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July 1980 (UK) See more »
Two teachers vie for the right to stage a play written by Jane Austen when she was twelve years old. | Add synopsis »
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Sean Young Photo: Governors Awards 2011
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Producer Ismail Merchant Dies at 68
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Anne Baxter ... Lilliana Zorska

Robert Powell ... Pierre
Michael Wager ... George Midash
Tim Choate ... Jamie
John Guerrasio ... Gregory
Katrina Hodiak ... Katya
Kurt Johnson ... Victor Charlton
Philip Lenkowsky ... Fritz
Charles McCaughan ... Billie
Nancy New ... Jenny

Sean Young ... Ariadne Charlton
Bernard Barrow ... Mr. Polson
Lee H. Doyle ... Mr. Jarvis (as Lee Doyle)
Bella Jarrett ... Miss Klein
Naomi Riordan ... Mrs. Polson
David Redden ... Auctioneer
Gael Hammer ... Unsuccessful Bidders
Peter McPherson ... Unsuccessful Bidders
John Boyle ... Chair Carriers
Tim Burke ... Chair Carriers
Iman ... Sufi Leader
Brenda Holmes ... Dancers
Michon Peacock ... Dancers
Christina Stolberg ... Dancers
Michael Shawn ... Choreographer
Susan Hovey ... Marianne
Sarallen ... Fairbanks
Jacquelyn Roberts ... Mis Auberry

Sandra Seacat ... Thrift-Shop Lady
Jimmy Raitt ... Pianist (as James Riatt)
Wayne Tuthill ... Clergyman's Clerk
Jane Bryden ... Mezzo-soprano (voice)
Joyce Andrews ... Soprano (voice)
Frank Hoffmeister ... Tenor (voice)
David Evitts ... Bass (voice)

Directed by
James Ivory 
Writing credits
Jane Austen (libretto Sir Charles Grandison) &
Samuel Richardson (libretto Sir Charles Grandison)

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (written by)

Jane Austen (text Sir Charles Grandison, or The Happy Man)

Produced by
Connie Kaiserman .... associate producer
Ismail Merchant .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Robbins 
Cinematography by
Larry Pizer (opera sequence)
Ernest Vincze 
Film Editing by
David E. McKenna 
Casting by
Judy Abbott 
Art Direction by
Jeremiah Rusconi 
Costume Design by
Jenny Beavan 
Makeup Department
Mona Orr .... hair stylist
Jeanne Richmond .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ron Palazzo .... production manager (as Ronald Palazzo)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Janet E. Fishman .... second assistant director (as Janet Fishman)
Ron Palazzo .... first assistant director (as Ronald Palazzo)
Art Department
Joe Petruccio Jr. .... props (as Joseph Petruccio)
Tom Randol .... assistant to art director
Michael Yeargan .... stage settings
Sound Department
Neil Fallon .... boom operator
Jack Higgins .... re-recording
Cabell Smith .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurice Brown .... focus puller
Richard Falk .... electrician
Richard Falk .... grip (as Rick Falk)
Mitchell Klebanoff .... assistant camera
James McGrath .... electrician
James McGrath .... grip
Darryl Peck .... electrician
Donald Sweeney .... camera operator (as Don Sweeney)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Beattie .... wardrobe (as William Beattie)
Nancy Lawson .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Angelique Armand-Delille .... second assistant editor
Michael Fields .... assistant editor: rushes
Rita Stern .... assistant editor
Music Department
Katrina Hodiak .... composer: songs "It's Alright" and "Stay Beside Me"
Jonathan Rose .... music producer
Carmine Stippo .... composer: song "Here We Are Again"
Other crew
Jane Buck .... script supervisor
Wendy G. Glickstein .... production office coordinator (as Wendy Glickstein)
Philip Haas .... assistant to director
Mark Potter .... jack-of-all-trades
Andrei Serban .... stager: workshop sequence
Michael Shawn .... choreographer
Susie Simons .... location manager
Dorothea Swope .... script assistant
Ellen Stewart .... thanks

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UK:111 min | USA:108 min
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Final film of Anne Baxter.See more »
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Featured in The Wandering Company (1984) (TV)See more »


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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A very boring movie about arts funding and theater troupe acting out, 31 July 2005
Author: ( from San Francisco

This very long1980 movie isn't the worst Merchant/Ivory/Jhabvala movie (that would be "Jefferson in Paris") but is numbingly dull even to an admirer of many of their movies. I'd assign blame mostly to Jhabvala's screenplay about two radically different troupes vying for the chance to première a (real) recently discovered play written at age twelve by Jane Austen. From what we see of it, Austen wasn't much of a playwright at age 12 (who is?!).

Jhabvala imagines a charismatic experimentalist Svengali (Robert Powell) pitted against a socially well-connected aging actress whom he had used and abandoned earlier (Anne Baxter in her last big-screen role paying off the sins of Eve Harrington?). She wants to stage an operatic version. It defies plausibility that the experimentalist actors have operatic voices, but the audience has to simply accept that, while trying to care about any of the characters struggling to survive whimsical arts patronage. I could muster a bit of sympathy for Baxter, and more for the very handsome spurned husband played by Kurt Johnson, but couldn't care less about the "star" played by Sean Young (in her first screen role) or about which absurd production got supported and mounted off- Broadway.

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