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A Voyage Round My Father (1982)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 19 April 1984
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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Clifford Mortimer
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Headmaster
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Son as a Boy
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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 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)  »

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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 »

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Headmaster: Ah, now that's the other thing I wanted to talk to you about. Dreams. You'll have them. Oh, certain you'll have them. The trick is always to sleep on your right side. Never on your left, stops the heart. Never on your back, encourages dreams. And you must always think to yourself "You Rotter to have had a dream!" Of course if you're awake, you can do something about it. Go for a run, or have a cold shower. Always tell the Housemaster, he'll understand. "Sir," you say, "That is what I felt the ...
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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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