7.7/10
60
4 user

The Kingfisher (1983)

| Drama, Romance | TV Movie
When Cecil (Rex Harrison) discovers that his love Evelyn (Wendy Hiller) that getaway 50 years ago has been recently widowed and is passing by his home on the way to the funeral. For 50 ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

A Time to Die (1982)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A World War II vet sets out in 1948 to avenge the death of his wife at the hands of Nazis. His targets are four Germans, a Sicilian, and a Hungarian who committed the atrocities. He is ... See full summary »

Directors: Matt Cimber, Joe Tornatore
Stars: Rex Harrison, Rod Taylor, Edward Albert
Biography | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Story of Anna Anderson, who claimed to be Anastasia Romanov, the only "surviving" child of the last Czar and Czarina of Russia.

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky
Stars: Amy Irving, Olivia de Havilland, Jan Niklas
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The biographical story of Michelangelo's troubles while painting the Sistine Chapel at the urging of Pope Julius II.

Director: Carol Reed
Stars: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

King Louis XIV has without his knowledge a twin brother, Philippe, but when he is told, he immediately locks up his brother in the Bastille. The king wants to increase his popularity and ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Annakin
Stars: Sylvia Kristel, Ursula Andress, Beau Bridges
Ashanti (1979)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Dr. Anansa Linderby is kidnapped in a medical mission in Africa by a slave trader. From this moment, her husband will do anything to recover her and to punish the bad guys, but that will be not an easy task.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Michael Caine, Peter Ustinov, Kabir Bedi
Staircase (1969)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Charles Dyer and Harry Leeds are a couple that have been living together for nearly 20 years. Both earn a living as hairdressers in the West End of London and both care deeply for their ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Michael Rogers, Royston Starr, Jake Kavanagh
Shalimar (1978)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

On the run from the police, S.S. Kumar, a thief, comes across a private invitation to the island of Sir John Locksley addressed to Raja Bahadur Singh. When the Raja is shot, Kumar takes him... See full summary »

Director: Krishna Shah
Stars: Dharmendra, Zeenat Aman, Rex Harrison
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Cecil
...
Evelyn
...
Hawkins
Gary Owen ...
Chauffeur
Edit

Storyline

When Cecil (Rex Harrison) discovers that his love Evelyn (Wendy Hiller) that getaway 50 years ago has been recently widowed and is passing by his home on the way to the funeral. For 50 years Evelyn was married to an avid golfer who died on the seventeenth hole. Why did they get married? Cecil had decided never to marry and lived with his servant (Cyril Cusack) who is not looking forward to the impeding meeting. The film is based on a play by William Douglas Home.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Also Known As:

A jégmadár  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Rex Harrison and Wendy Hiller also appeared 42 years earlier together as a romantic couple in the film screen adaption of George Bernard Shaw's stage play, Major Barbara. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The one who got away
6 April 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The best thing about The Kingfisher is that like Long Day's Journey Into Night it was made cinematically viable by taking the action outdoors in and around Rex Harrison's country estate. But The Kingfisher is hardly in the same league as Eugene O'Neill's classic.

Rex Harrison repeats the role he had on Broadway opposite Claudette Colbert. Although I would like to have seen Colbert on the screen, I've got no complaints about Wendy Hiller. Who in the English speaking world would have?

Harrison is a novelist who in his day was quite the lady's man and one of those ladies was Hiller. She's the one who got away and married another. Now she's coming to see him after burying her husband. Of course Harrison is almost giddy with anticipation or as giddy as one gets at his age having seen and done one and all.

The third part here is Cyril Cusack who is one delightful old butler who has been carrying on a decades old gay crush on his boss. Devotion doesn't quite describe what Cusack has done for Harrison although Rex can't quite recognize it.

The players are as classy a group as you can get and they help the film over the rough spots. After all it really is almost plot less and actionless, just a group of old codgers sitting around and talking.

But what talk.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?