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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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Cast

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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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Gladys - Lady Delamere
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Harragin
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Jacqueline Pearce ...
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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Adeus, África  »

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$5,300,000 (estimated)

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$3,107,551 (USA)
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Trivia

The film was made and released about forty-six years after the true life events of the Happy Valley murder of Josslyn Hay, 22nd Earl of Erroll, in 1941 in Kenya, Africa. 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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Referenced in Clatterford: Ladies in Lavender (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Begin the Beguine
Words and Music by Cole Porter
Arranged by John Warren
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Pills, Booze, Swinging, Cross-Dressing and other activities in World War II Africa
17 August 1999 | by (NAS Ream Field) – See all my reviews

A wild and wicked romp through the expatriate community around Nairobi, Kenya, during World War II. Greta Scacchi is radiant beyond mortal words as the femme fatale that upsets the not-so-delicate social, sexual, psychosexual balances of the "happy valley" crowd of faded British aristocrats and other late-era colonials. The steller cast, including Charles Dance in a terrific romantic lead, an over-the-top Sarah Miles, Joss Ackland in his best role, John Hurt, Trevor Howard, Geraldine Chaplin, even a young Hugh Grant, and so many others, is absolutely superb. Set against the spectacular backdrop of East Africa, this movie is a tale of love, lust, revenge, and destruction, and expertly captures the look and feel of the waning British colonial era in its dialogue, costumes, even music. An absolute treat!


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