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White Mischief (1987)

R | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 6 May 1988 (USA)
A millionaire past his prime and his young wife arrive in Kenya circa 1940 to find that the other affluent British expatriates are living large as the homefront gears up for war. They are ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »
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Nina Soames
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Morris
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Lizzie
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Gilbert Colvile
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Harragin
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Idina
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A millionaire past his prime and his young wife arrive in Kenya circa 1940 to find that the other affluent British expatriates are living large as the homefront gears up for war. They are busy swapping partners, doing drugs, and attending lavish parties and horse races. She begins a torrid affair with one of the bon vivants, and her husband finds out and confronts them. The husband and wife decide to break up peacefully, but the bon vivant is murdered and all the evidence points to the husband. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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In England they were the elite, but bound by rules of society. In Kenya there were no rules, only glamour, decadence . . . and murder. See more »


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6 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adeus, África  »

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$5,300,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,107,551 (USA)
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Trivia

The Australian DVD cover declares that the picture is "based on the scandalous true story". See more »

Goofs

The courtroom scenes include counsel shouting "Objection!" and the Judge replying "Sustained" or "Overruled" and occasionally ordering things "stricken from the record". These terms are routine in courts in the United States but are never heard in courts based on English jurisprudence, as was the case in colonial Kenya in 1941. See more »

Quotes

Lizzie: Gilbert, Jock's made a wager with Diana. He says that if you say more than two words, he'll buy her a fur coat.
Gilbert Colvile: [vacantly] Really?
[he walks away]
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Connections

Referenced in Celebrity Naked Ambition (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Alphabet Song
Written by George Fenton (uncredited)
Sung by Sarah Miles
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White Mischief
27 January 2001 | by (Toronto Canada) – See all my reviews

As a family member, related to the main character, Sir Jock obviously for myself, it was a very interesting piece to watch, having grown up with full knowledge of the story in its entirety.

It was fairly accurate, although, typically, like any Hollywood film, some artistic licenses were granted. In fact, in real life, Sir Jock, a typical aristocrat of his time, had been in other troubles before, such as insurance fraud, and to this day I am somewhat surprised even with his titles, money, etc, he actually got away with this crime, for everyone strongly feels he did do it.

"The Sixth Earl of Carnarvon, Lord Porchester, was a close friend of Sir Delves, and a horse-racing jockey. Upon hearing of Jock's acquittal, he sent the famous cable: 'HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS UNDERSTAND YOU WON A NECK CLEVERLY REGARDS PORCHEY'. "

I loved the film, loved the decadence, and from what I have been told, this was all very typical of its time in Happy Valley Kenya. I gather both the Queen, as well as Bill Wyman from the Rolling Stones, each called it their favorite film for that year. Anyone especially familiar with British life, humor, etc, would find this most interesting.

SHELAGH DELVES BROUGHTON


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