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Invitation to the Wedding (1983)

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During a wedding rehearsal, an English bride-to-be and an American who was just standing in for the broom accidentally get married. She doesn't mind the idea at first, but things get bumpy very soon.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Uncle Willie
Reverend Clyde Ormiston
David Anderson
Elizabeth Shepherd ...
Lady Caroline
Earl Harry
Edward Duke ...
Susan Brooks ...
Lady Anne
Ronald Lacey ...
Clara / Charles Eatwell
Janet Burnell ...
Jeremy Clyde ...
Teddy Barrington
Allan Cuthbertson ...
General Barrington
Aimée Delamain ...
Leslie French ...
Kate Harper ...
Dave Hill ...


During a wedding rehearsal, an English bride-to-be and an American who was just standing in for the broom accidentally get married. She doesn't mind the idea at first, but things get bumpy very soon.

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1983 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Einladung zur Hochzeit  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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This was the first film ever to require Sir John Gielgud to speak in an accent not his own; he plays an American evangelist from the Deep South. He received tuition in the accent from the veteran American voice coach Robert Easton, but did not get on with him very well. See more »

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Two Acting Knights Hold Up The Film
3 November 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Invitation To The Wedding is the last film of Sir Ralph Richardson who plays a somewhat dotty old bishop who accidentally marries his grand niece to a visiting American who was just standing in for the groom at a wedding rehearsal. It was released two years after Richardson had died and it also features that other classical acting knight, Sir John Gielgud as well.

It was a family joke that Richardson had married a butler to a member of the royal Danish house under similar circumstances. And here the old boy does it again. But apparently Richardson had a sense about these things. Because it turns out that visiting American Paul Nicholas is really falling for bride Susan Brooks and he's got a week to make his case before the real groom Jeremy Clyde returns.

They must do things differently in the United Kingdom because I thought they would have had to have a license first. But that aside the young lovers, allegedly of college age and slightly over are all well into their thirties and even forties. They simply just didn't convince me as young people in love.

John Gielgud was in the film as an Eighties era reverend bring the United Kingdom some of the Billy Graham school of evangelism. I'm not sure what his purpose in the film was other than to be with a valued colleague and friend for a last time. His role was entirely superfluous.

However as a last look at thespian giant Ralph Richardson does deliver a great performance. To bad it had to be in such an ordinary film.

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