A member of Parliament falls passionately in love with his son's fiancée despite the dangers of discovery.

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Martyn Fleming
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Edward Lloyd
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Peter Wetzler
Gemma Clarke ...
Sally Fleming
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Donald Lyndsay, MP
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Elizabeth Prideaux
Tony Doyle ...
Prime Minister
Ray Gravell ...
Raymond (as Raymond Gravell)
Susan Engel ...
Miss Snow
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Detective
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Civil Servant
Jeff Nuttall ...
Trevor Leigh Davies MP
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A member of Parliament (Irons) falls passionately in love with his son's fiancée. They pursue their affair with obsessive abandon despite the dangers of discovery and what it would do to his complacent life and his son. Completely obsessed, he wants to give up his current lifestyle to be with her. She has no intention of allowing him to do this, preferring to have her marriage to the son as a cover. They are eventually discovered, and must deal with the damage. Based on the novel by Josephine Hart. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Desire... Deceit... Destiny... See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »

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22 January 1993 (USA)  »

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$7,532,911 (USA)
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The name of the English country manor estate of Edward Lloyd (Ian Bannen), the father of Ingrid Fleming (Miranda Richardson) and father-in-law of Dr. Stephen Fleming (Jeremy Irons), was "Hartley". See more »

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When Stephen is in the bathtub, Ingrid's arm suddenly changes position between shots. See more »

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Anna Barton: Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive.
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Brilliant Satire
12 January 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

For this viewer, this was a brilliant satire of the type of self-important love stories that always leave us little people feeling somewhat unworthy. Usually the "star-crossed" lovers are celebrated (Doctor Zhivago, The English Patient), but here they are shown to be what they really are - selfish, shallow morons, callously destroying all that surrounds them in the name of their "special" love. Excellent!


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