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The Clandestine Marriage (1999)

A period film, set around an English country house whose owners want to arrange a marriage of convenience between their elder daughter and an aristocratic heir of a hard-up noble family. ... See full summary »

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Sir John Ogelby
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Fanny
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Canton
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Gaoler
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A period film, set around an English country house whose owners want to arrange a marriage of convenience between their elder daughter and an aristocratic heir of a hard-up noble family. The planned marriage suffers a last-minute upset when the would-be husband switches affections to the bride's sister. Written by Anonymous

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Nigel Hawthorne and Joan Collins used their own cash to fund the film when financial difficulties arose during production. See more »

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Secret
Written by Trevor Bentham, Julia Taylor-Stanley, Stanislas Syrewicz
Arranged by Julia Taylor-Stanley, Ian Lynn, Stanislas Syrewicz
Performed by Miriam
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A mishandled piece of Restoration fluff
31 August 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Garrick and Coleman's play on which this is based really isn't all that good, but it's a harmless enough bit of period fun and so making this film wasn't a bad idea in itself. Making it like this however, displays very little of anything regarding talent in either its director or writer. The original doesn't have any sparkling lines and the screenwriter also appears too lazy to insert any. The shooting is similarly undistinguished and the soundtrack, over-intrusive and devoid of anything resembling a good idea.

The poor cast struggle manfully to keep the viewer interested, with particularly charismatic performances from Timothy Spall, the late great Sir Nigel Hawthorne and even the often disappointing Tom Hollander and Paul Nicholls clown and smoulder respectively. Joan Collins just struggles. There is little any of them can do, however, with this pretty dire succession of period drama cliches and falling-over gags. This film would be just about watchable if it wasn't such a waste of talent.

The costumes and locations are pretty though.


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