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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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Gladys - Lady Delamere
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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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6 May 1988 (USA)  »

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Adeus, África  »

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Budget:

$5,300,000 (estimated)

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$3,107,551 (USA)
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This was director Michael Radford's first cinema film in three years, his last having been Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), and was his last for seven years, until Il Postino: The Postman (1994). 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

Alice de Janze: Oh God, not another fucking beautiful day.
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Soundtracks

The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
from "The Nutcracker"
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arranged and directed by Eric Banks
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I read the book.
22 January 2002 | by (Marblehead, Mass.) – See all my reviews

Was well into the film before I realized it was based on the factual story of a famous murder case. I was transported and still feel that way every time I get a chance to enjoy it again. I forgot who the actors were-they became the characters. That's how you know a film is splendid. I love the restraint of a fine British actor. No words are wasted. A glance tells it all. Everyone in the cast should be knighted by the Queen! I'll drop her Majesty a line right away. Chloe


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