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Tim Sullivan (writer)
Derek Granger (writer)
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Release Date:
24 June 1988 (USA) See more »
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The wife's affair and a death in the family hasten the demise of an upper-class English marriage. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

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James Wilby ... Tony Last

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Brenda Last

Rupert Graves ... John Beaver

Anjelica Huston ... Mrs. Rattery

Judi Dench ... Mrs. Beaver

Alec Guinness ... Mr. Todd
Richard Beale ... Ben
Jackson Kyle ... John Andrew
Norman Lumsden ... Ambrose
Jeanne Watts ... Nanny
Kate Percival ... Miss Ripon
Richard Leech ... Doctor
Roger Milner ... Vicar
Tristram Jellinek ... Richard Last

Pip Torrens ... Jock

Beatie Edney ... Marjorie

Stephen Fry ... Reggie

Graham Crowden ... Mr. Graceful
John Quentin ... Brenda's Solicitor
Timothy Bateson ... MacDougal
Moyra Fraser ... Mrs. Northcote

Marsha Fitzalan ... Polly Cockpurse
Annabel Brooks ... Daisy
Tamsin Olivier ... Veronica
Maureen Bennett ... Marjorie's Maid
Hugh Simon ... Travel Agent
Alan Hay ... Club Porter
Matthew Ryan ... Club Page
Cathryn Harrison ... Milly
Alice Dawnay ... Winnie
John Junkin ... Blenkinsop
Peggy Aitchison ... Waitress (as Peggy Atchison)
Christopher Godwin ... Dr. Messinger
Jeannette Baillie ... Rosa
Julian Infante ... Indian Spokesman
Wiliam Gonzalez ... Indian Singer
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Giles Bickford ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles Sturridge 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Derek Granger  writer
Charles Sturridge  writer
Tim Sullivan  writer
Evelyn Waugh  novel

Produced by
Nick Elliott .... executive producer
Derek Granger .... producer
Jeffrey Taylor .... executive producer
Kent Walwin .... executive producer
David Wimbury .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
George Fenton 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Hannan 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Coulson 
 
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
 
Production Design by
Eileen Diss 
Chris Townsend 
 
Costume Design by
Jane Robinson 
 
Makeup Department
Patricia Kirkman .... hair stylist
Sally Sutton .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Matthew Binns .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Aherne .... assistant director
Peter Kohn .... assistant director
Melvin Lind .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Simon Basketter .... property creator
Richard Hornsby .... assistant art director
Stephenie McMillan .... set dresser
Brian Read .... prop buyer
 
Sound Department
John Ireland .... sound editor
Robin O'Donoghue .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Sutton .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Murray Close .... still photographer
Brian Martin .... best boy
Reg Parsons .... gaffer
Bob Smith .... camera operator
Stefan Stankowski .... first assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jenny Hawkins .... wardrobe assistant
Michael Jeffery .... wardrobe supervisor
Joy Kleiner .... associate costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Angelica Landry .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
George Fenton .... conductor
George Fenton .... orchestrator
Gerry O'Riordan .... assistant music engineer
John Warren .... additional orchestrator
John Warren .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Toby Ford .... production assistant
Christopher Knowles .... location manager
Lynda Levy .... unit publicist
Bob Nadkarni .... location research
Ene Watts .... script supervisor
 

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USA:118 min
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The final film of Richard Leech.See more »
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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006)See more »
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42 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
A dusty handful, 4 October 2004
Author: jackie-107 from Lochawe, Scotland

At the end of this film, one wants to wash one's hands of the unmitigated cruelty pervading the atmosphere. The deliberate pace of the thirties setting (beautifully portrayed using the right houses, and suitable sets and costumes) ensures that every nuance of behaviour is clearly understood by the audience, and this is the great strength of the film. As I haven't read the book, but believe this is a faithful adaptation, I can commend both Charles Sturridge and the superb actors for translating what must be a difficult, but brilliant, novel by Evelyn Waugh, not only into an impressive film, but one that conveys thirties morals and social privilege in a way that rings true for today's 21st century attitudes.

I think this is the best performance I have ever seen by James Wilby. Cuckolded by his wife (Kristin Scott Thomas in a fantastic debut performance), suffering from the death of his only son, he turns from a kind and gentle husband to one who wreaks revenge on his wife by cutting off all financial support. His agony over his son is exactly restrained in the manner of the period, his embarrassment over setting up the grounds for divorce by being caught in flagrante, his bewilderment when one would think he should be released from torment but is trapped by a vindictive eccentric (Alec Guinness, as usual, quite amazing) in the middle of the jungle, after nearly dying of fever, is a tour de force. This is his film, but Kristin Scott-Thomas (who was the original reason I watched this film in the first place), is simply delightful as the spoil, bored wife who can't resist Rupert Graves's boyish charm and dilettante lifestyle. No wonder Robert Altman chose her for Gosford Park; she is made for these roles. Her character's brittle insouciance, total selfishness and insensitivity, her lack of concern for her husband and son while she pursues alleviation from boredom with Rupert Graves, is reminiscent of Daisy Buchanan's behaviour in The Great Gatsby. Kristin Scott-Thomas shows a sophistication and acting aplomb which is breathtaking.

Rupert Graves is convincing as the shallow man-about-town sponging off others but seducing charming to the ladies; Judi Dench gives a lovely cameo as his bourgeois mother; Cathryn Harrison is good as Millie, who is supposed to provide the evidence for the divorce; and Alec Guinness in one of his final roles, is chillingly menacing.

I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys a good story well told, excellent acting, and a period setting.

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