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Release Date:
May 1988 (USA) See more »
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 »
A millionaire past his prime and his young wife arrive in Kenya circa 1940 to find that the other affluent... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more »
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A worthwhile and sexy retelling of a famous murder-mystery case. See more (26 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Greta Scacchi ... Diana Lady Broughton

Charles Dance ... Josslyn Hay

Joss Ackland ... 'Jock' Delves Broughton

Sarah Miles ... Alice de Janzé

Geraldine Chaplin ... Nina Soames

Ray McAnally ... Morris

Murray Head ... Lizzie

John Hurt ... Gilbert Colvile

Trevor Howard ... Jack Soames

Susan Fleetwood ... Gladys - Lady Delamere
Catherine Neilson ... Lady June Carberry

Hugh Grant ... Hugh
Alan Dobie ... Harragin

Gregor Fisher ... McPherson
Jacqueline Pearce ... Idina
Tristram Jellinek ... Land Agent
Tim Myers ... Raymond de Trafford
Sean Mathias ... Gerald Portman

Ron Donachie ... Club Manager
Douglas Chege ... Kiptobe
Wensley Pithey ... Sheridan

Stephan Chase ... Carberry
Clare Travers-Deacon ... Muffin-faced Woman
Seipal Ngojine ... Maasai Warrior
Pilip Saitoti ... Maasai Warrior
Amanda Parkin ... Nancy Wirewater
Louis Mahoney ... Abdullah
Ilario Bisi-Pedro ... African Policeman
David Quilter ... Chief Superintendent Poppy
John Rees ... Baines
Olivier Pierre ... Kaplan
Anthony Benson ... Fox
Nigel Le Vaillant ... Handsome Reporter
Basil Whybray ... Spotty Reporter
John Darrell ... Registrar
Bill Moody ... Jury Foreman

Susannah Harker ... Young Girl

Gary Beadle ... African Servant
Edwin Mahinda ... Boy Waiter at Wake
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tim Finn ... Bandleader (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Radford 
Writing credits
James Fox (novel)

Michael Radford (screenplay) and
Jonathan Gems (screenplay)

Produced by
Simon Bosanquet .... associate producer
Simon Perry .... producer
Michael White .... executive producer
Original Music by
George Fenton 
Cinematography by
Roger Deakins (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tom Priestley 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
Production Design by
Roger Hall 
Art Direction by
Len Huntingford 
Keith Pain 
Costume Design by
Marit Allen 
Makeup Department
Suzanne Belcher .... assistant makeup artist (as Susie Belcher)
Freda Hart .... assistant hair stylist
Pat Hay .... makeup supervisor
Meinir Jones-Lewis .... key hair stylist
Madeleine Masters .... assistant makeup artist
Liz Michie .... hair stylist
Julia Wilson .... assistant makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Dodds .... second assistant director
Lee Hilton .... third assistant director
Meja Mwangi .... second assistant director
Chris Rose .... first assistant director
Art Department
Lulu Archer .... assistant production buyer: Kenya
Barry Arnold .... chargehand propman
Amanda Bernstein .... art department assistant
Dennis Bovington .... construction manager
Karen Brookes .... production buyer: Kenya
Derek Creedon .... chargehand propman
Marianne Ford .... set dresser
Louise Hardy .... art department assistant
John Hedges .... chargehand carpenter
Michael Hedges .... supervising carpenter
John Hogan .... propman
Robin Hollister .... construction manager
Michael Jones .... supervising painter
Norman North .... painter
Ron Ross .... carpenter
Robert Schofield .... chargehand rigger
Len Serpant .... stagehand
Dennis Simmonds .... propman
John Sullivan .... carpenter
Charles Torbett .... property master
Peter Walpole .... production buyer
Kenneth Welland .... chargehand painter
Roger Willis .... chargehand carpenter
David Wood .... draughtsman
Robin Heinson .... painter (uncredited)
Frank Howe .... drapesman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bill Barringer .... assistant sound effects editor
Joe Gallagher .... assistant sound editor
Derek Holding .... sound editor
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Tony Jackson .... sound recordist
Jacques Leroide .... sound effects editor
Colin Miller .... sound effects editor
Dominic Rahumbu .... sound assistant
Rosie Straker .... boom operator
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mohammed Athman .... electrician
Richard Broome .... camera grip
David Bryant .... focus puller
Roger Deakins .... camera operator
Bob Gomme .... generator operator
Micky Hand .... best boy electric (as Michael Hand)
Amiri Hassan .... electrician
John Higgins .... chief electrician
Wayne Leach .... electrician
Mohamed Ngela .... assistant camera
Ahmed Omari .... electrician
Sarah Quill .... still photographer
Ramadhani Rajadu .... electrician
Michael Seymour .... rigger
Andrew Speller .... director of photography: second unit
David Vroegindeweij .... playback operator (as David Vroegindewey)
Nikki Williams .... clapper loader
Dean Kennedy .... electrician (uncredited)
Paul Nash .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lucy Boulting .... additional casting
Davis Sindiyo .... casting: Moosai, Kenya
Sarah Withey .... local casting: Kenya
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sophia Ali Abdi .... wardrobe assistant
Catherine Halloran .... wardrobe supervisor
Stewart Meachem .... wardrobe assistant
Amina Ali Ryback .... wardrobe assistant
Elizabeth Ryrie .... wardrobe assistant
Hilary Watson .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Keith Mason .... second assistant editor
Kant Pan .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Simon Chamberlain .... additional orchestrator
George Fenton .... conductor
George Fenton .... orchestrator
Keith Grant .... music mixer
John Warren .... additional orchestrator
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Gerry O'Riordan .... assistant music engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Bevan .... unit driver
Usuf Dwale .... driver
Bernard Gatheru .... assistant transportation coordinator: Kenya
Ogo Kanjora Sode .... driver
Joseph Kimuru .... driver
Geoff King .... unit driver
Arnie Mitchell .... transportation coordinator
Stephen Ndungu .... driver
Samson Wanyonyi .... driver
Other crew
Ann Addly .... unit nurse: Kenya
Paul Babu Kamau .... production runner
Susie Beavis .... unit nurse
Simon Belcher .... location runner
Stacy Bell .... assistant: Simon Perry
Richard Bouma .... liaison: Kenya
Roy Cahartley .... animal handler
Clinton Cavers .... location manager
Judy Craymer .... assistant: Michael Radford
Con Cremins .... production accountant: Kenya
Nick Daubeny .... location manager
Robin Davis .... animal handler
Annick Fordham .... floor runner
Karen Halliday .... assistant to choreographer
Lynn Hoey .... production runner
Stuart Hopps .... choreographer
Ian Johnson .... film school attachment
Jackie Johnston .... production assistant
Gilly Kelsey .... assistant to location manager: Kenya
Lydia Kigada .... assistant: Michael Radford, Kenya
Herman Mbugua .... accounting assistant
Bob Morgan .... security officer
Peter Murphy .... jobfit attachment
Susan Muthoni .... cashier
Susan Nicholson .... assistant accountant
Maggie Phelan .... production accountant
Zakiya Powell .... unit publicist
Pat Rambaut .... script supervisor
Luke Randolph .... production controller
Mary Richards .... production coordinator
Monty Ruben .... production consultant
Marc Samuelson .... production associate
Matthew Scudamore .... floor runner
Sheila Slate .... contact: London
Teresa Topolski .... assistant: Mary Selway (as Tessa Topolski)
Jane Trower .... accounts department assistant
Caroline Woodall .... animal handler
Duncan Hamilton .... ice sculptor (uncredited)
Jamie Hamilton .... ice sculptor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
107 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Factual errors: 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 »
Josslyn Hay: Earl of Erroll:Do you know what happens to a woman once she loses her looks?
Lady Diana Broughton:No. What?
Josslyn Hay: Earl of Erroll:Nothing.
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Movie Connections:
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A worthwhile and sexy retelling of a famous murder-mystery case., 1 November 2004
Author: Peter Hayes from United Kingdom

Circa World War II a grisly - but rich- old buffer and his far-too-young-for-him wife enjoy the high life in Kenya's Happy Valley. However their happiness proves sadly short lived. Based on a famous true life case.

Interesting approach to the "central" crime-celeb subject. While many would have plunged straight in to the murder-mystery to get the movie off with a bang - not here. This is a lesson in restraint.

This film seems to view the crime of secondary importance to atmosphere and the establishment of character and order. This is probably wise, because the mystery part of the crime is rather weak and one-sided. Especially in the manner the story is told.

(While tying to be true to the facts there is more nodding and winking going on here than in a New York gay bar!)

You can't complain about production values and acting, they are only of the very first order. Charles Dance was an actor born in to the wrong age - if the studio system had got a hold of him they could have turned him in to a superstar. He doesn't have enough to do here - but he does this "cad" act well enough.

Kenya is made to look like heaven on earth - if you are white and well off that is. Here life is one big party with plenty of sun, sea and sex - with an army of cheap black labour to do any real work.

The gin and tonic set form their own little England allowing the sex games to go on a bit further than at home because there are no prying eyes.

If any movie showcased Scacchi's ample prime-time charms is this one. I don't know if the lady is a naturist in real life, but she never looks that bothered about whether she is wearing clothes or not. Her classy English accent further convinces you that if any woman was worth killing over it is her.

(In interviews she talks about the audience getting tired of seeing her breasts!)

Watching the film is rather like watching the film Titanic. You realize that everything you see is going to be destroyed, while those on the screen sail on without a care in the world.

If the central crime had been more interesting and more ambiguous I might have enjoyed it more. A clear case of a film being rather weighed down by being based on facts rather than having the freedom of total fiction.

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