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Director:
Writers:
Tim Sullivan (writer)
Derek Granger (writer)
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Release Date:
24 June 1988 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Classically English, if slightly untidy film See more (25 total) »

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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 Duke of Norfolk let his home be used and appeared as the gardener touching his forelock respectfully to Mrs. Ratterby (Anjelica Huston).See more »
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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006)See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Classically English, if slightly untidy film, 5 December 2007
Author: Framescourer from London, UK

The hammerblow of human cruelty dressed in the velvet glove of pre-war hoch-Englishness. It's distressing that terrible things happen to the pathetic yet likable protagonist Tony (James Wilby) - even more so that they are delivered in the slow drip of self-interested scheming rather than in galvanising dramatic confrontations.

Actually, Wilby is one of the two weak links of this film. He's not quite got the richness or range to suggest a redemptive development to his character. He's not sympathetic enough. The other might be Sturridge's peculiar, impressionistic direction that can fail to give the story enough propulsion.

What the film does have are a number of fine performances from a top-drawer supporting cast. One fears Alec Guiness may be a final-frame cameo, but his contribution is in fact at least as substantial as Brando's in Apocalypse Now. Kristin Scott Thomas is quite excellent, at once endearing and blindly self-interested. And I also liked very much Pip Torrens, a really sharp study of a new sort of British gent - modern and knowing, but no cad. 6/10

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