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The Clothes in the Wardrobe 

Margaret would really rather become a nun than a housewife, but the wedding is all arranged, the guests have begun to arrive, so what can be done?




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Padraig O'Loinsigh ...
Nour (as Padraig Casey)
Britta Smith ...
Mother Joseph
Pierre Sioufi ...
Sherine El Ansari ...
Gypsy Girl
Mrs. Monro
Annabel Burton ...
Margaret as a Child
Maggie Steed ...
Mrs. Raffald
Gallery Owner
Tommy Duggan ...


Boy meets Girl in Egypt. Girl is profoundly affected and returns to England where she apathetically becomes engaged to the 'boy' next door. A thoroughly unsuited couple. Lili, an old family friend arrives for the nuptials and enchants all and sundry, including the wife of one of her previous liaisons. Lili sees what the groom and the brides mother refuse to see and manages to resolve the situation to the brides great satisfaction. Written by SAK Farmer

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england | egypt | based on novel | See All (3) »




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Release Date:

20 December 1993 (USA)  »

Box Office


$2,106,846 (USA)

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Did You Know?


This is the same film as the BBC TV movie, "The Clothes In The Wardrobe", screened in Britain in 1993. With a title change, the film got a cinema release in the US, like other productions made by BBC Films in the same period, such as "Persuasion". See more »


Monica: You're supposed to wish the bride happiness.
Lili: Happiness? Good God! No one should ever expect happiness from marriage. A few quiet moments, perhaps, if one is lucky... and an occasional day that doesn't incite you to murder.
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Referenced in Hype! (1996) See more »

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charming and surprising
22 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This sleeper of a film has well-defined characters, acted to perfection by the likes of Joan Plowright, Julie Walters, David Threlfall, Lena Headey, and Jeanne Moreau. While not all of the characters are likable, they are believable, and very interesting. I feel like I know these people. Headey's Margaret is a sympathetic young woman who is about to trade in her dreams for a life she doesn't want, but feels incapable of escaping. Threfall's Syl is the smarmy momma's boy you love to hate. Moreau's Lili is a particular gem, playing an eccentric free spirit with an uncanny knack for seeing into other people's souls, like a worldly Mary Poppins who arrives on the scene to shake things up, and then (I imagine) move on to where she is needed next. This film has humor, warmth, and charm, and reminded me of such treasures as Enchanted April and Waking Ned Devine. The plot carries little surprises that pop up when you least expect them. The best surprise is at the end, and it has to be seen to be believed. I have recommended this film to several people, but it is so hard to find!

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