MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 20,018 this week

The Merry Wives of Windsor (1982)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Romance  -  27 December 1982 (UK)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 86 users  
Reviews: 9 user

When Sir John Falstaff decides that he wants to have a little fun he writes two letters to a pair of Window wives: Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. When they put their heads together and ... See full summary »

Director:

(as David Jones)

Writer:

(play)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


Related News

R.I.P. Richard Griffiths
| avclub.com

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2435 titles
created 20 May 2012
 
a list of 2290 titles
created 20 Sep 2012
 
a list of 238 titles
created 07 Mar 2013
 
a list of 7841 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 94 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Merry Wives of Windsor (TV Movie 1982)

The Merry Wives of Windsor (TV Movie 1982) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Harem (1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A young American woman is kidnapped by an Arabian sheik and held captive in his harem. At first she frantically tries to escape, but as they slowly get to know and appreciate each other the... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Joffé
Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Ben Kingsley, Dennis Goldson
Slipstream (1989)
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

In the near future, where Earth has been devastated by natural disasters, and giant winds rule the planet, bounty hunter Matt kidnaps a murderer out of the hands of two police officers, ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Lisberger
Stars: Bob Peck, Mark Hamill, Kitty Aldridge
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Shakespeare's comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves.

Director: Trevor Nunn
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Richard E. Grant, Imogen Stubbs
Richard II (TV Movie 1978)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The incompetent Richard II is deposed by Henry Bolingbroke and undergoes a crisis of identity once he is no longer king.

Director: David Giles
Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Gielgud, Jon Finch
Silas Marner (TV Movie 1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When a respectable weaver is wrongfully accused of theft, he becomes a virtual hermit until his own fortune is stolen and an orphaned child is found on his doorstep.

Director: Giles Foster
Stars: Ben Kingsley, Jenny Agutter, Patrick Ryecart
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A drunken Sherlock Holmes is really just a cover for the real detective - Dr Watson.

Director: Thom Eberhardt
Stars: Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Jeffrey Jones
Gandhi (1982)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Biography of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of nonviolent protest.

Director: Richard Attenborough
Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Candice Bergen
The Merry Wives of Windsor (TV Movie 1955)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Barrie Edgar, Glen Byam Shaw
Stars: Edward Atienza, Rosalind Atkinson, Angela Baddeley
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

For the corpulent nobleman, Sir John Falstaff, the inn in the small English town of Windsor is the best of all places. Here he can indulge in excessive dining and intemperate drinking, as ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wildhagen
Stars: Sonja Ziemann, Rita Streich, Camilla Spira
The Tale of Sweeney Todd (TV Movie 1997)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The fictional tale of the murderous 19th century barber (Ben Kinglsey) who sold his kills to a neighboring butcher (Joanna Lumley) for her renowned meat pies. A young innocent (Selina ... See full summary »

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Ben Kingsley, Campbell Scott, Joanna Lumley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Richard O'Callaghan ...
Tenniel Evans ...
Bryan Marshall ...
George Page
...
Gordon Gostelow ...
...
Michael Robbins ...
Nym
Miranda Foster ...
...
...
...
Michael Graham Cox ...
Host of the Garter Inn
Lee Whitlock ...
Robin
Elizabeth Spriggs ...
Edit

Storyline

When Sir John Falstaff decides that he wants to have a little fun he writes two letters to a pair of Window wives: Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. When they put their heads together and compare missives, they plan a practical joke or two to teach the knight a lesson. But Mistress Ford's husband is a very jealous man and is pumping Falstaff for information of the affair. Meanwhile the Pages' daughter Anne is beseiged by suitors. Written by Kathy Li

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 December 1982 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director David Hugh Jones originally wanted to shoot the entire film on location in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's home town, but when this proved impossible, he had production designer Don Homfray design a house based on the real life house which Shakespeare's son-in-law, Dr. Tom Hall, lived in. See more »

Connections

Version of Falstaff (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Weak Falstaff, terrible direction
14 July 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Falstaff reminds me of a Civil Servant from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries three weeks before his retirement date !

There is a British TV series called 'Pie in the Sky' staring Richard Griffiths. It's about a fat chef who does occasional detective work. He is very similar to the character Griffiths portrays in the Merry Wives of Windsor, Sir John Falstaff. He finally found his forte, eating all the pies. However he does have a rather impressive CV. Sir John Falstaff should be more like a Robert Newton of Treasure Island fame rather than a pastry cook.

If you have ever heard the audio version with Anthony Quale as Falstaff and Dennis Hordern as Master Ford you will understand what a facile, badly directed and totally incorrect version this is.

Just because it has the letters BBC behind it does not always mean there is quality.

What I found irritating was the Somerset accents for most of the Principle characters. Windsor is a short barge ride up the Thames from Richmond Palace. Windsor Castle can be seen from Heathrow Airport, so why the West Country "ooo--arr" lads ? Perhaps the director was from Bristol ?

The costumes look so new and clean, whilst the moneyed members of the cast might look like this the others remind me of a lucky tramp who has just had free apparel from Savile Row.

Where is Falstaff growling for his quart of Sack ? Where is the lust and roguery of the fat pudding ?

Master Ford/Brook should not be portrayed as the limp character he is. Where's the anger of the cuckold?

Where's the 'she mercury' of Mistress Quickly.

Nym and Pistol have credibility.Judy Davis and Prunella Scales play Mistresses Page and Ford well enough, even with some humour.

It's as if the director was directing the Merry Wives yet thinking the context of a completely different play.

No, humour, no direction, no acting and no good. This is supposed to be a comedy but the cast act as if someone has made an inappropriate joke at a wedding! Mis-cast,misdirected and occasionally over acted. Why does Ben Kingsley act as if he is playing the part of Master Slender ? Frank-ly not Master Ford.

And how sped you ?

Very ill favourably Master Director, Very ill favourably.

Bring me a quart of Sack to get over this dead fish lying on a wet fish shop's slab.

The comments of "Deadly Dull" from Chicago has it spot on !


4 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Merry Wives of Windsor (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?