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Harnessing Peacocks (1993)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  28 November 1993 (USA)
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The beautiful Hebe has been cast out by her family after a teenage pregnancy to a masked stranger during a fiesta in Italy. She makes ends meet and pays for her son's school fees by cooking... See full summary »

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Hebe Rutter
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Jim Huxtable
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Bernard Quigley
Nicholas Le Prevost ...
Mungo Duff
Renée Asherson ...
Louisa Fox
Jeremy Child ...
Julian Reeves
Brenda Bruce ...
Amy Tremayne
Tom Beasley ...
Silas Rutter
Richard Huw ...
Rory Grant
Abigail McKern ...
Hannah Krull
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Terry
Dilys Hamlett ...
Lucy Duff
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Alison Duff
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Jennifer Reeves
Richard Mathews ...
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The beautiful Hebe has been cast out by her family after a teenage pregnancy to a masked stranger during a fiesta in Italy. She makes ends meet and pays for her son's school fees by cooking for old ladies and sleeping with a small syndicate of adoring men (the "peacocks" of the title - from Greek mythology). The story revolves around Hebe, her "clients" and their families, and set against a backdrop of village life in South-West England. There is a sub-theme of the antiques trade which draws some of the characters together, and ultimately resolves the mystery of Hebe's masked lover. Written by Crawford Logue <cjl@adl.dmt.csiro.au>

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The sort of film one returns to at least one a year.
11 September 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this film it was shown on a late night film show introduced by John Hinds. I found it to be one of those films which just "grabs you". The story line concerns a young girl who is cast out by her upper class family when she becomes pregnant. She makes her way in the world by becoming the mistress of a select group of men, all of who love her and whom she loves. This is interwoven with the mystery of who the father of her son is. The by-play between John Mills and his stable of elderly lovers is funny and extremely diverting. Peter Davison is good as his business partner. I thoroughly enjoyed it and return to it at least once a year, as ones does with favourite films and books. Serena Scott-Thomas is gorgeous as Hebe.


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