The love story between American divorcee Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, that ended in his abdication for the woman he loved.

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The love story between American divorcee Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, that ended in his abdication for the woman he loved.

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3 April 1988 (USA)  »

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The last films of Margaretta Scott and John Horsley. See more »

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In one funeral flashback set in 1972, the coffin is carried in with the Duke of Windsor's flag, but the trumpeters have the "GR" cipher of George V, last used in 1936. See more »

Quotes

Wallis Simpson: I hope it doesn't rain and spoil everything.
Prince of Wales: I thought you like the rain.
Wallis Simpson: I was lying.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Bart the Murderer (1991) See more »

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Piano Sonata in D
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Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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watchable, but a little bit flat
20 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Anthony Andrews imitates Edward, Duke of Windsor (but slightly better than Edward Fox did in 'Edward and Mrs Simpson'), while Jane Seymour is a fairly OK Wallis Simpson, a little bit scheming and a little bit vulnerable. She's backed up by Aunt Bessie (Olivia de Havilland, note-perfect but hardly stretched), while he is supported by Winston Churchill (Robert Hardy, good as ever).

It's the usual story often presented in true TV-movie style, very glossy and very referential to the Royals. So nothing really scandalous or new here, and sadly the film remains flatly unemotional so there is no engagement with the plight of Wallis or Edward.

So it is a reasonable effort, watchable television, but nothing fabulous. 'Edward and Mrs Simpson', having the luxury of more time to tell the story, is better; 'Wallis and Edward', getting the casting and pacing wrong, is worse.


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