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King John (1984)
"The Life and Death of King John" (original title)

TV Movie  |   |  24 November 1984 (UK)
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King John does whatever it takes to keep himself on the throne of England, making enemies of the pope, France, and his nephew along the way.

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A good TV drama
20 February 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I'm glad I watched this. It is a good production of a neglected (and in my opinion unjustly so) play. Leonard Rossiter gives a magnificent performance in the title role. There are, as well as him, many other very good performances (notably Claire Bloom as Constance and John Thaw as Hubert). The film however was very obviously filmed entirely indoors and does not attempt to hide the fact. Due to this, the supposedly outdoor sets are very bad, some of it unnecessary. For some reason, when the scene is in France they painted Fleur-de-Lys in the sky and the town walls of Angiers look like what you'd expect from a children's playground. However in spite of this I enjoyed it very much. It has excellent acting, quite good costumes (though again, some of this looks a little stagy) some nice Medieval music and good directing.

Overall 8/10.


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