A costume drama / satire about financial skull-duggery, and confidence tricksters in both the upper and lower classes in Victorian London. A working class man impersonates a lord who is ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Little Dorrit (1987)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Arthur Clennam returns to London after working abroad for many years with his now deceased father. Almost at once he becomes involved in the problems of his mother's seamstress Amy Dorrit ... See full summary »

Director: Christine Edzard
Stars: Derek Jacobi, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood
The Fool II (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Dima Nikitin is an ordinary honest plumber who suddenly decides to face the corrupt system of local politics in order to save the lives of 800 inhabitants of an old dormitory, which is about to collapse.

Director: Yuriy Bykov
Stars: Artyom Bystrov, Natalya Surkova, Yuriy Tsurilo
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A stormy relationship, complicated by the strictures of 1950s social class and gender roles, ends in death. Based on the life of Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain.

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Miranda Richardson, Rupert Everett, Ian Holm
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A young marchioness who loves the way of free-thinking and flatterers invites an author into her house who pretends to seduce her...

Director: Anna Maria Tatò
Stars: Ivan Bacciocchi, Jean-Claude Carrière, Axelle Cummings
Animation | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Christine Edzard
Stars: Murray Melvin, Ann Firbank, Tasneem Maqsood
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Hiding out in an industrial wasteland from the murderous wrath of a regional ruler, a woman, disguised as a boy, gives wooing lessons to the edgy lad who proclaims he loves her.

Director: Christine Edzard
Stars: James Fox, Cyril Cusack, Andrew Tiernan
The Tenth Man (TV Movie 1988)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Based on the novel of the same name by Graham Greene, this is a story of a French advocate Chavel who, while imprisoned by the Germans during the occupation, trades his material possessions... See full summary »

Director: Jack Gold
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Kristin Scott Thomas, Derek Jacobi
Eat the Rich (1987)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Alex is a disgruntled waitress at a snobby exclusive restaurant who falls on hard times. Forced to deal with the contempt and disgust of the upper class, Alex & cohorts attempt to go on a ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Richardson
Stars: Al Pillay, Kevin Allen, Ronald Allen
Underworld (1985)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

When high class hooker Nicole is kidnapped from her brothel, Rich businessman Hugo Motherskille hires her ex love Roy Bain to find her. Investigating the disappearance, he eventually finds ... See full summary »

Director: George Pavlou
Stars: Denholm Elliott, Steven Berkoff, Larry Lamb
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Director: Péter Bacsó
Stars: Derek Jacobi, Judy Winter, Tomas Bolme
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When a leak of information in the African Section of British Intelligence is discovered security man Daintry is brought in to investigate.

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Richard Attenborough, Nicol Williamson, Derek Jacobi
Biddy (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Beginning in 1864 England, and moving through a number of years, a maid helps raise two children, a boy and a girl, all the time talking about her methods in doing so.

Director: Christine Edzard
Stars: Celia Bannerman, Sam Ghazoros, Luke Duckett
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Mr. Frederick / Sir John
...
Ruth Mitchell ...
The Girl
...
Lady Amelia
Irina Brook ...
Georgiana Shillibeer
...
Lord Paramount
Richard Caldicot ...
Duke
James Cairncross ...
Mr. Trott
...
Mr. Blackthorn
Jonathan Cecil ...
Sir Martin Locket
Maria Charles ...
The Pure Gatherer
...
George Locket
...
Mr. Bowring
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Mrs. Harris
Chris Darwin ...
Theatre Doorman
Edit

Storyline

A costume drama / satire about financial skull-duggery, and confidence tricksters in both the upper and lower classes in Victorian London. A working class man impersonates a lord who is supposedly very rich and a financial wizard. As such he is invited to all the best peoples' parties. In fact he is not and his wealth and expertise are more in the minds of his associates than in reality. Interestingly, despite the large social gap between the two classes, there are many similarities in what goes on in both within this story. This can be seen as the main character switches back and forth between his charade as a peer and his real self. Written by Blair Stannard <stannard@sonetis.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 December 1990 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El especulador  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Last film performances of both Sir 'Michael Hordern' and Paul Burke. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
extraordinary
14 July 2000 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

An extraordinary film from Christine Edzard, who also directed Little Dorrit. The film has an atmospheric, almost Dickensian ambience. Jacobi is superb, underplaying his dual roles while clearly establishing two different characters. The supporting cast, especially Cyril Cusack, is also--forgive the repetition--superb. The subtle social satire regarding the haves' attitudes toward the havenots (and vice versa), is clearly relevant today.


8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Fool (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?