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St. Ives (1998)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  22 October 1998 (France)
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In 1813, Capitaine Jacques St. Ives, a Hussar in the Napoleonic wars, is captured and sent to a Scottish prison camp. He's a swashbuckler, so the prison's commander, Major Farquar ... See full summary »



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Comte de Saint-Yves
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Barney Craig ...
Desmond Barrit ...
Patrice Melennec ...
Le Bon
Chris McHallem ...
Gautier (as Christopher McHallem)
Enda Oates ...
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In 1813, Capitaine Jacques St. Ives, a Hussar in the Napoleonic wars, is captured and sent to a Scottish prison camp. He's a swashbuckler, so the prison's commander, Major Farquar Bolingbroke Chevening, asks for lessons in communicating with women. Both men have their eyes on the lovely Flora, who resides with her aunt, the iconoclastic and well-traveled Miss Susan Emily Gilcrist. By chance, living close to the camp is Jacques's grandfather and brother, whom Jacques believes died years before. Jacques decides to escape, find his relatives, and win the hand of Flora; Major Chevening and an unforeseen enemy stand in his way. Can Miss Gilcrist contrive to make everything work out? Written by <>

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Rated R for some sexuality/nudity and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 October 1998 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A szerelem mindenek előtt  »

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Francois: Beauty is only skin deep.
Jacques St. Ives: That's it. Our friendship is over. I cannot love a man who loves a cliche.
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Version of The Secret of St. Ives (1949) See more »


Overture from
La fille du tambour major"
By Jacques Offenbach (as Offenbach)
Conducted by Terry Davis (as Major T.S. Davis)
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Just one thing..
2 January 2005 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

I found this film to be quite an oddity. From the very get go I found it extremely hard to like this movie, and now after a little thinking about it I can pretty much pinpoint the reason why. Jean-Marc Barr, although I love him to bits (I think Zentropa is one of the best movies ever made) is quite miscast here, and although I can't figure for the life of me who would be better, I am sure someone could have taken his place quite easily and make this film work. Everything else is fine, except for the stabs at weak comedy (A Meet The Parents Joke is not really needed, filmmakers!) and I really like Richard E. Grant as the British Major. It just suffers from one thing.. Jean-Marc.

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