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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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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 »

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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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[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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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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