MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 7,113 this week

An Englishman Abroad (1983)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  2 September 1984 (USA)
7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 313 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 3 critic

Actress Coral Browne travels to Moscow, and meets a mysterious Englishman. Turns out he's the notorious spy, Guy Burgess. Based on a true story, with Ms. Browne playing herself.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Related News

Roger Hammond obituary
| The Guardian - Film News
Roger Hammond obituary
| The Guardian - TV News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 10 titles
created 03 Oct 2010
 
all
a list of 2724 titles
created 13 Aug 2011
 
a list of 256 titles
created 05 Sep 2011
 
a list of 1946 titles
created 15 Sep 2011
 
a list of 55 titles
created 16 Feb 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: An Englishman Abroad (TV Movie 1983)

An Englishman Abroad (TV Movie 1983) on IMDb 7.8/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of An Englishman Abroad.
12 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Philby, Burgess and Maclean (TV Movie 1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Recruited by the Russians during their days at Cambridge, three young Englishmen rise to become high-ranked MI5 agents until their exposure in 1949.

Director: Gordon Flemyng
Stars: Anthony Bate, Derek Jacobi, Michael Culver
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Abbie, tired of failed relationships, has a one-night-stand with her gay friend; they agree to raise the resulting baby together.

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Madonna, Rupert Everett, Benjamin Bratt
Yanks (1979)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities, many of the Brits don't much like the brash Yanks, ... See full summary »

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Vanessa Redgrave
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

During a train ride, an anxiety attack leads middle-aged illustrator John into an identity crisis. As his marital problems merge and blur into his fantasy life with prostitutes and call ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Potter
Stars: Alan Bates, Gina Bellman, Frances Barber
Cold Comfort Farm (TV Movie 1995)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In England in the early 1930's, 20 year old Flora Poste, recently orphaned and left with only 100 pounds a year, goes to stay with distant relatives on Cold Comfort Farm. Everyone on the ... See full summary »

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Eileen Atkins, Kate Beckinsale, Sheila Burrell
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn, Pat Hingle
The Believers (1987)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A New York psychiatrist finds that a voodoo cult, which believes in child sacrifice, has a keen interest in his own son.

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Martin Sheen, Helen Shaver, Harley Cross
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Karen McCann's eldest daughter is raped and murdered whilst on the phone with her. When the case against Robert Doob, the perpetrator, is dismissed because of a technicality, she starts ... See full summary »

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Sally Field, Kiefer Sutherland, Ed Harris
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In a Yorkshire mining town, three educated brothers return to their blue-collar home to celebrate the 40th wedding anniversary of their parents, but dark secrets come to the fore.

Director: Lindsay Anderson
Stars: Alan Bates, Brian Cox, Gabrielle Daye
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

1947 in a small town in England. The war has been won two years ago, but there's still rationing of meat. When princess Elizabeth is going to marry, a group of businessmen wants to impress ... See full summary »

Director: Malcolm Mowbray
Stars: Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An art director in the 1930's falls in love and attempts to make a young woman an actress despite Hollywood who wants nothing to do with her because of her problems with an estranged man and her alcoholic father.

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Donald Sutherland, Karen Black, Burgess Meredith
The Fixer (1968)
Certificate: M Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In Czarist Russia, around 1911, a Russian-Jewish handyman, Yakov Bog, is wrongly imprisoned for a most unlikely crime.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde, Georgia Brown
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Coral Browne ...
Herself
...
Claudius
Harold Innocent ...
...
Mark Wing-Davey ...
...
Toby
...
Giles
Judy Gridley ...
Tessa
Denys Hawthorne ...
Tailor
Trevor Baxter ...
Pyjama Shop Manager
...
Shoe Shop Assistant
Alexei Jawdokimov ...
Tolya
...
The Boy
Molly Veness ...
Mrs. Burgess
Edit

Storyline

Actress Coral Browne travels to Moscow, and meets a mysterious Englishman. Turns out he's the notorious spy, Guy Burgess. Based on a true story, with Ms. Browne playing herself. Written by David Spalding <http://korova.com/film>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

autobiographical | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 September 1984 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre's tour of Leningrad (12-21 December 1958) and Moscow (24 December- 5 January 1959) was the first time a major British theatre company had gone to the Soviet Union. As well as Coral Browne as Gertrude, the production featured Michael Redgrave as Hamlet, Dorothy Tutin as Ophelia and Mark Dignam as Claudius (the Charles Gray character). When Burgess makes a remark about Laertes' tights, he is referring to a young Edward Woodward. Other members of the cast included Julian Glover, Anthony Nicholls, Eileen Atkins, Ian Holm and Edward De Souza. See more »

Goofs

When Coral, in Burgess' flat, says 'The theatre's in a dreadful state', her lips are out of sync. See more »

Quotes

Coral: Outside Shakespeare, the word "treason" to me means nothing - only you pissed in our soup, and we drank it.
See more »

Crazy Credits

[At end of opening credits] "Although some incidents are imaginary... this is a true story. It happened to Coral Browne in 1958." See more »

Connections

Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #6.2 (1993) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

the spy who p***ed in our soup...
24 May 2000 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

British made drama based on a true story of a chance meeting in Moscow in the early 60's between an english actress and a british double agent and soviet spy. Coral Browne was part of a cultural exchange tour in 1961 between Great Britain and the Soviet Union touring and giving performances as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. One night following a performance in a Moscow theatre she is approached by a familiar looking gentleman. The man turns out to be the traitor and double agent Guy Burgess now residing permanently in the USSR. Oddly they strike up a friendship and he offers her the hospitality of his small apartment as well as an insiders view of being an honoured if not trusted but permanent houseguest living in a totalitarian state. It is the height of the cold war and even he is followed and surveilled upon. Life it seems is not all bread and roses in the utopian state and Burgess confides in her an aching home sickness for his homeland and even the simplest pleasures of english life. He particularly bemoans the unavailability of certain luxury items and being a dapper young man in his Cambridge days is at a loss even to find a really good suit behind the entire iron curtain. Coral touched by his predicament offers to help. Enough said.

The collusion of director John Schlesinger and writer Alan Bennett have produced an exceptional drama which won a few BAFTA awards following its release in 1993. The performances are highlighted by Alan Bates sad self deprecating portrayal as Guy Burgess and some effortless acting by Coral Browne who plays herself with aplomb. A bit like John Malkovich playing John Malkovich but with an interesting edge. The story also gives us some interesting vignettes into soviet life. When they find their hotel bath is minus a plug, Coral and a fellow actor in fun complain loudly to the hidden microphones. Five minutes later to their amazement the concierge knocks on their door with a...you guessed it. In the end the drama offers its own conclusion on betrayal and those who practise it. As Coral a loyal englishwoman herself accurately summed up to Burgess with whom she sympathised to some extent. "You p***ed in our soup....and we drank it". In other words whatever my personal friendship for you some sins are unforgiveable. This is the life you have unwittingly chosen for yourself. Enjoy...


14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
It is also a radio play Tolkny
Pianola plays Moszkowski karlpete
what is the choral music being sung in the church scene? tfmisc
What's on the other side of the record? steve-1338
Discuss An Englishman Abroad (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?