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A Ghost in Monte Carlo (1990)

Weary of her very public life in Paris, an aging courtesan takes her orphaned niece from her convent home and relocates to Monte Carlo to begin a new life. Determined to bury the past, the ... See full summary »

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Emilie / Mme. Bluet
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The Rajah
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Jeanne
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Lady Violet
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Mistral
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Alphonse
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Mother Superior
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Lady Stanford
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Weary of her very public life in Paris, an aging courtesan takes her orphaned niece from her convent home and relocates to Monte Carlo to begin a new life. Determined to bury the past, the courtesan Madame Bluet becomes the respectable Countess de Secret, and her niece Mistral, Mademoiselle Phantome. Soon, the secretive Countess and the beautiful Mlle. Phantome are the talk of Monte Carlo. Mistral finds herself surrounded by admirers - some with less than honorable intentions, while her aunt plots a long-awaited revenge. Will Mistral's chance for happiness be destroyed when her aunt's plot and past are revealed? Written by Anonymous

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2 April 1990 (USA)  »

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Barbara Cartland's Ein Phantom in Monte Carlo - Das Schicksal von Mistral  »

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romantic junk in lush settings
29 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

It's an adaptation of a Barbara Cartland novel, so you can't expect this to be good. It is watchable, but that's about all. You can figure out most of the story in the first few minutes and then you just wait to watch it enfold, exactly as expected.

Sarah Miles is cold and calculating as the manipulative Countess who takes her innocent niece from a convent and sends her into the world in Monte Carlo, throwing her into the arms of the Crown Prince. Typical romantic junk so far, extremely formulaic, and Lysette Anthony plays the pouting niece to perfection.

Other decent actors sleepwalk through this rubbish - Christopher Plummer, Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Gareth Hunt, Fiona Fullerton - but not much can be done to redeem it. It is watchable enough to divert for its 90 minutes running time, but it is hardly a classic of 1990s television!


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