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An Englishman Abroad (1983)

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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Coral Browne ...
Herself
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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
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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As Burgess pumps, about 40 minutes into the movie, the pianola made by Schiedmayer & Söhne, Stuttgart, is playing an original Themodist roll number T82556, "Spanish Dances, Op. 12, No.3" by Moritz Moszkowski (1854-1925). The 65/88-note pianola was supplied by Rex Lawson, and it is now (2009) owned by a friend of his in Hackney, east London. 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: You steal my soap, you steal my cigarettes, you even stole my face powder.
Guy Burgess: I know. One should have asked. One is such a coward.
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[At end of opening credits] "Although some incidents are imaginary... this is a true story. It happened to Coral Browne in 1958." See more »

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Featured in Coral Browne: Caviar for the General (1989) See more »

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One of the greatest stories ever shown on TV.
29 May 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

The story is well outlined in another review, so I will relay a fascinating and true prelude. Coral Browne was a very dear friend and we would often go to early movies, enjoy a dinner and sometimes chat until the wee hours. On one particular evening we ended up in the garden and she said she had a story to tell and she also had great hopes to see it made into a film. Well, she proceeded to relate ( as only she could) this amazing saga. We were spellbound. She then said she wanted Alan Bennett to write the screenplay, Alan Bates to play Burgess and, of course, John Schlesinger to direct. Naturally, she would play herself. Typically, Coral had done it all in her mind and was ready to go. There developed one hitch, Bates was tied up for another film, so the fine actor, Dirk Bogarde, was considered; but as time passed, Bates was free and eagerly joined the project. Coral had her first choices and this group of brilliant film makers turned out a masterpiece... a must see film.


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