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An Englishman Abroad (1983)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  2 September 1984 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Coral Browne ...
Herself
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Claudius
Harold Innocent ...
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Mark Wing-Davey ...
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Toby
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Giles
Judy Gridley ...
Tessa
Denys Hawthorne ...
Tailor
Trevor Baxter ...
Pyjama shop manager
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Shoe shop assistant Bootmaker
Alexei Jawdokimov ...
Tolya
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The boy
Molly Veness ...
Mrs. Burgess
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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>

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Frank Mills, John Quarmby, Robert McBain and Chris Sullivan were on the ideas list for the role of The Shoe Shop Owner. See more »

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

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Coral: I wouldn't care, but it's only the interval. If you want to come round and be sick you might at least save it for the end of the performance.
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Featured in Coral Browne: Caviar for the General (1989) See more »

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A quiet, gentle triumph
6 February 2013 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Very dry wit joins with a rueful sadness in the 1 hour based-on-truth drama of English traitor in exile Guy Burgess (the wonderful Alan Bates) striking up a brief friendship with actress Coral Browne (playing herself).

Burgess meets Browne when goes to see a cultural exchange production of Hamlet, in 1958, wanders backstage, and throws up in her dressing room sink. In the midst the two find a connection, and strike up an acquaintance.

Full of trenchant observations on both Soviet and British life,, what it means to miss one's homeland, Perhaps the comic absurdity of the two dolts who work at the British embassy is a bit overstated, but generally this is full of beautifully observed moments, a quiet, gentle triumph.


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