Guy Pringle and his new wife, Harriet, are members of the English community in Bucharest, Rumania on the eve of World War II. The film catalogs and chronicles, after the war begins, the ... See full summary »
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 Harriet Pringle (7 episodes, 1987)
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 Guy Pringle (7 episodes, 1987)
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 Dobson (7 episodes, 1987)
Mark Drewry ...
 Dubedat (5 episodes, 1987)
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 Prince Yakimov (4 episodes, 1987)
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 Lord Pinkrose (4 episodes, 1987)
Harry Burton ...
 Sasha Drucker (4 episodes, 1987)
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 Simon Boulderstone (3 episodes, 1987)
James Villiers ...
 Inchcape (3 episodes, 1987)
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 Castlebar (3 episodes, 1987)
Ciaran Madden ...
 Angela Hooper (3 episodes, 1987)
Desmond McNamara ...
 Galpin (3 episodes, 1987)
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 Lawson / ... (3 episodes, 1987)
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 Edwina Little (3 episodes, 1987)
Christopher Strauli ...
 Toby Lush (3 episodes, 1987)
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 Aidan Pratt (3 episodes, 1987)
Elena Secota ...
 Sophie Oresanu (3 episodes, 1987)
Magdalena Buznea ...
 Despina (3 episodes, 1987)
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 Bella Niculesco (3 episodes, 1987)
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 Hadjimoscos / ... (3 episodes, 1987)
Mischa De La Motte ...
 Horvath (3 episodes, 1987)
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 Palu (3 episodes, 1987)
Sam Dastor ...
 Dr. Shafik (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Professor Gracey (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Mona Castlebar (2 episodes, 1987)
Glyn Grain ...
 Foxy Leverett (2 episodes, 1987)
Claire Oberman ...
 Mortimer (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Corporal Arnold (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Liversage (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Phil (2 episodes, 1987)
Vladimir Mirodan ...
 Nikko Niculesco (2 episodes, 1987)
Jeremy Sinden ...
 Lord Lisdoonvarna (2 episodes, 1987)
Relja Basic ...
 Emmanuel Drucker (2 episodes, 1987)
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Guy Pringle and his new wife, Harriet, are members of the English community in Bucharest, Rumania on the eve of World War II. The film catalogs and chronicles, after the war begins, the characters [diplomats, literary types, spies, penniless royalty, gays, lesbians] that cross and re-cross their path as they flee before the advancing Germany armies to Athens and then to Cairo. Written by Noble Bell <nbell@cc.memphis.edu>

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Koleje wojny  »

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Emma Thompson had to wear several wigs throughout filming because her hair just wasn't right for the role of Harriet Pringle. Director James Cellan Jones described her hairstyle at the time as "monstrous." See more »

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Toby Lush: Guy, you know what Harriet reminds me of? Those lines of Tennyson; "She walks in beauty like the night, Of cloudless climes and starry skies."
Guy Pringle: Byron.
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One of my new top 20 of all time films
2 May 2006 | by (Arcadia, Oklahoma, USA) – See all my reviews

I don't know where I was when this first came out on PBS or BBC, but I know where I was when we rented it and watched it recently. Riveted and delighted. I award Fortunes of War a 9.5, from the marvelous real world settings to the splendid acting by every member of this incredible ensemble...and the story is simply superb. I didn't give it a 10 because I can't think of a 10 film at the moment with which to even compare. Enough superlatives. Watch it and be entertained and enlightened. Kenneth and Emma are joys to behold, the predicaments and conflicts totally believable, the insidious creep of Nazi Europe frightening, the subsequent war scenes thankfully subdued but still realistic. Rent it, own it, view it. Again and again.


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