Daphne Laureola (1978)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  15 January 1978 (UK)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 27 users  
Reviews: 1 user

A young man becomes infatuated with the exotic Lady Pitts - whose much older husband is not pleased.



0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Saturday, Sunday, Monday (TV Movie 1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

One Saturday evening Rosa Priore is preparing a magnificent Sunday lunch for her family and their friends. By Sunday afternoon her life and marriage are in ruins.

Director: Alan Bridges
Stars: Caroline Blakiston, Nicholas Clay, John Duttine
The Merchant of Venice (TV Movie 1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Antonio's friend Bassanio is in love and needs money to go courting. Using Antonio as his collateral, he borrows money from Shylock. But when the debt comes due, Shylock demands repayment ... See full summary »

Director: John Sichel
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Jeremy Brett
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (TV Movie 1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of conflicts, power plays and secrets in a wealthy Mississippi family.

Director: Robert Moore
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Maureen Stapleton, Jack Hedley
Come Back, Little Sheba (TV Movie 1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An emotionally remote recovering alcoholic and his dowdy, unambitious wife face a personal crisis when they take in an attractive lodger.

Director: Silvio Narizzano
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joanne Woodward, Carrie Fisher
The Ebony Tower (TV Movie 1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young artist goes to interview an older painter who lives in the south of France with two young women. He gets caught up in the painter's Bohemian lifestyle and begins examining his own ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Knights
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Roger Rees, Greta Scacchi
Wagner (TV Series 1981)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A huge panorama of Wagner's life and work, from before the 1848 Revolution, through his exile in Switzerland, his rescue by the besotted King Ludwig II of Bavaria to the final triumph at ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Burton, Vanessa Redgrave, László Gálffi
War Requiem (1989)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A film with no spoken dialogue, just follows the music and lyrics of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem, which include WWI soldier poet Wilfred Owen's poems reflecting the war's horrors. It ... See full summary »

Director: Derek Jarman
Stars: Nathaniel Parker, Tilda Swinton, Laurence Olivier
Dracula (1979)
Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Romanticized adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 classic. Set in 1913 England, the bloodsucking, but handsome, charming and seductive, Count Dracula seeks an immortal bride.

Director: John Badham
Stars: Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence
Three Sisters (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Olga, Masha, and Irina Prozoroff lead lonely and purposeless lives following the death of their father who has commanded the local army post. Olga attempts to find satisfaction in teaching ... See full summary »

Directors: Laurence Olivier, John Sichel
Stars: Jeanne Watts, Joan Plowright, Louise Purnell
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

An MI6 defector has his appearance altered by the KGB and is sent back to Britain to retrieve top-secret documents.

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Susan George
A Voyage Round My Father (TV Movie 1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Before creating the beloved courtroom drama Rumpole of the Bailey, writer John Mortimer found inspiration in his own life for this portrait of a difficult but enduring love between father ... See full summary »

Director: Alvin Rakoff
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Alan Bates, Jane Asher
King Lear (TV Movie 1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An aging King invites disaster when he abdicates to his corrupt, toadying daughters and rejects his one loving, but honest one.

Director: Michael Elliott
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Colin Blakely, Anna Calder-Marshall


Credited cast:
Grégoire Aslan ...
Clive Arrindell ...
Bryan Marshall ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sara Clee ...
Jan Conrad ...
Assistant Waiter
Moyra Fraser ...
Bored Woman
Willoughby Goddard ...
Mr. Watson
Basil Henson ...
Bored Man
David Neville ...
Michael Syers ...


A young man becomes infatuated with the exotic Lady Pitts - whose much older husband is not pleased.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on play | See All (1) »







Release Date:

15 January 1978 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Laurence Olivier Presents: Daphne Laureola  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Version of Daphne Laureola (1962) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Fascinating Little Work
29 August 2003 | by (Calgary, Canada) – See all my reviews

I came across this DVD the other day, and despite never having heard of it, bought it on the strength of the cast alone. How happy I am to have listened to my intuition! It is a fascinating and delightful 1978 TV adaptation of a play (Best Play of 1949), with Joan Plowright as the ostensibly titled character. She is actually Lady Pitts, the 50ish wife of the 87 year old Lord Pitts (Olivier). When the play opens, we find her knocking back numerous double brandies and commencing to sing and tell stories of her youth. Her apparent charm and eccentricities serve to entrance the young Polish student at the table next to her, who promptly decides she is his Beatrice, his Daphne. The rest of the play involves a rather confused tea party, the young man's passionate attachment to Lady Pitts and the ensuing consequences. It is utterly charming, gentle, and beautifully acted by the superb Plowright. Olivier is as ever, in a fairly small part, but the young Polish student, played by Clive Arindell is very interesting to watch, as his face shows the joys and pains of young love. I would highly recommend taking a chance on this little film.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A would-be role for Vivien Leigh? ecbush
Discuss Daphne Laureola (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: