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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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Michael Cashman and Michael Pennington were possibles for Hamlet. 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: Outside Shakespeare, the word "treason" to me means nothing - only you pissed in our soup, and we drank it.
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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 Zomergasten: Episode #6.2 (1993) 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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