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
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Desire... Deceit... Destiny...
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in American show-business trade paper 'Variety' said of this film's censorship classification controversy upon its initial American release that the "original version, which was screened for critics while the battle with the MPAA over the NC-17 rating was played out, contains nothing that hasn't been seen in countless R-rated pix over the years; if the entire flap hadn't happened, one wouldn't have thought anything of it. As things stand, film is being cut to R-rating specifications, which must now be considerably more rigorous than they were a few months ago". Brian J. Dillard at website 'Allmovie' states that the film's "stark, frank sex scenes were trimmed to attain an R rating for theatrical release [in the USA], [but] the original, uncut version is available on video and DVD". See more
When Stephen is leaving Elizabeth to her hotel he is wearing a suit. When he requests the driver to stop and let him out of the car he is wearing an overcoat. See more
[the day after Martyn's death - to Stephen
What a pity we ever met.
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