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A Voyage Round My Father (1984)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  19 April 1984 (USA)
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Before creating the beloved courtroom drama Rumpole of the Bailey, writer John Mortimer found inspiration in his own life for this portrait of a difficult but enduring love between father ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clifford Mortimer
Michael Aldridge ...
Son as a Boy
Norman Bird ...
James A. Downer ...
Susan Littler ...
Miss Cox
Gay Wilde ...
Miss Baker
Anthony Sharp ...
Film Director
Ann Davies ...
A.T.S. Girl
Judy Riley ...
A.T.S. Girl
Jonathan Newth ...


Before creating the beloved courtroom drama Rumpole of the Bailey, writer John Mortimer found inspiration in his own life for this portrait of a difficult but enduring love between father and son in mid-20th-century Britain. Screen legend Laurence Olivier stars as the eccentric patriarch--a blind barrister so stubborn and cantankerous that he refuses to acknowledge his sightlessness. Alan Bates (Gosford Park) portrays his devoted son, who follows his father's footsteps in the law while longing to become a writer, with Jane Asher (Brideshead Revisited) as his wife. Adapted for the screen by Mortimer himself and filmed largely on location at his family estate in bucolic Oxfordshire, this production garnered multiple awards, including an International Emmy for best drama. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, it captures the special bond between father and son, which at times seems unbearable--but ultimately unbreakable. Written by Anonymous

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19 April 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les lumières de la nuit  »

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The house in which the family live is the house in which author John Mortimer and his parents lived, and which the author lives today. The gardening hat that Laurence Olivier wears belonged to John Mortimer's father. See more »


Clifford Mortimer: This coffee's frozen, like a sort of Arctic mud.
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Remake of Plays of Today: A Voyage Round My Father (1969) See more »

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A Sensitive Tale of Family Love
8 May 2001 | by (Brasilia, Brazil) – See all my reviews

This movie is another sensitive story about the relationship between a aging and temperamental old father (superbly played by Olivier) and a shy, intelligent and good natured son (Bates). Good dialogues, excellent footage of English's landscape but otherwise not a great new point among other movies with the same context (just remember, for example, "Dad", with Barnard Hughes and Martin Sheen).

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