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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En konge uden krone  »

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Towards the end Edward recites the poem "If I were king..." from Justin Huntly McCarthy's 1901 novel and play of that name filmed in 1938. Although these recount the life of medieval French poet Francois Villon, the poem is McCarthy's creation. 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 »

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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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Blue Moon
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Playing on gramophone in Wallis' flat
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Rated Zzzz...
2 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

A bad rehashing of the Edward VIII story with Jane Seymour glamming it up. CBS wanted another "lavish" mini-series so they just $$$$ all over the place.

First they scored Anthony Andrews, Seymour's leading man from 1982's "The Scarlett Pimpernel" - they sparked well there, despite CBS' best efforts. Here, he doesn't act; he simply imitates Edward VIII - and badly. It's embarrassing to watch.

Then, they scored two other actors: Robert Hardy yet again reprising Winston Churchill - somebody had seen him in 1981's "Winston Churchill: the Wilderness Years." He was the man himself in that production; here we see him only sitting and painting.

And then - for me this was the corker - CBS got David Waller to reprise his role as Stanley Baldwin from "Edward & Mrs. Simpson" - the 1980 British production that did this story right the first time. I saw that one, that was meaty work for everybody involved; here, Waller looked like somebody who just found out he was at the wrong party.


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