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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hebe Rutter
Jim Huxtable
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
Dilys Hamlett ...
Lucy Duff
Alison Duff
Jennifer Reeves
Richard Mathews ...


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 <>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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28 November 1993 (USA)  »

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Ein Käfig voller Pfauen  »

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A fun, entertaining way to pass the time
21 May 2006 | by (Virginia, United States) – See all my reviews

This is an entertaining movie, though not the best filmed. The plot moves along quite nicely and the heroine, Hebe, is spirited and likable. The way she makes "ends meet" by working as a cook and choosing to be a mistress to a select group of men, lends itself to unique plot twists and comic moments. Her back story--that of being rejected by her family due to an unwanted pregnancy and her inability to identify the father--is sad and implausible, but this doesn't keep our heroine down or the story from being interesting.

If you are a romantic, this movie won't waste your time. Serena Scott Thomas is lovely in the role; and her gentlemen suitors are a fine and merry bunch.

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