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)
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 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)
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 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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11 October 1987 (UK)  »

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Filmed on a 12 million dollar budget, and shot all on location. 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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a wonderful wartime movie that is not about war.
15 April 2000 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

This is a very long, but also very enjoyable movie (originally a tv series) set against the background of WWII. Guy Pringle (Branagh), a university professor, leaves Britain and comes to Romania to teach. He has a love for his wife (Thompson) and all the people surrounding them. We watch his passion to make a difference when other people are escaping from Germans marching toward their city and gain influence from within. Relationships develop between the couple and locals, and we start to care about most of them. We see how horrible everyday life could be with the constant threat of war, but how it isn't. We observe Guy treat everyone around him with good intentions, at the expense of his wife, and we want to shake him to come to his senses. We follow their journey to other countries, and the movie is a joy to watch from beginning to end. There are a few memorable scenes between Guy and his wife that I cannot forget, and Branagh really touches me when he cries. The acting by all the cast is simply wonderful, and the movie is definitely worth spending 3 hours.


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