In the winter of 1939, Lord Marchmain decides to return to Brideshead from Venice in view of the deteriorating international situation. It soon becomes apparent that he is in declining ... See full summary »

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Cara (as Stephane Audran)
Peter Gordon ...
Gaston
Ralph Nossek ...
Plender
Roger Milner ...
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Gregson
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In the winter of 1939, Lord Marchmain decides to return to Brideshead from Venice in view of the deteriorating international situation. It soon becomes apparent that he is in declining health and has in fact come home to die. He has taken a dislike to Bridey's new wife and suggests he may leave Brideshead Castle to Julia and Charles. Religion - specifically whether Lord Marchmain will accept the last rites - becomes an issue. Charles simply cannot understand or accept the family's religious beliefs but in his dying moments, Lord Marchmain does provide a sign indicating his wishes. The entire episode forever changes Charles and Julia's relationship. In the spring of 1944, Charles, now an army Captain, living on the grounds of Brideshead Castle, walks the corridors of a place he knows so well and remembers the life that is past him. Written by garykmcd

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22 December 1981 (UK)  »

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When Lord Marchmain returns to Brideshead, he is accommodated on the ground floor (in the "Chinese drawing room"). However, when Charles Ryder is being shown around the castle by a commanding officer some years later, the two walks up a flight of stairs to the second floor where they enter the (same) "Chinese drawing room", intact with all details. See more »

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[at Brideshead Hall during the army's occupation of it in World War II]
Lieutenant Hooper: Did you say you knew this place before?
Charles Ryder: Yes. Very well. It belongs to friends of mine.
Lieutenant Hooper: It doesn't make any sense. One family in a place this size - what's the use of it?
Charles Ryder: I suppose Brigade find it useful.
Lieutenant Hooper: That's not what it's built for, though, is it?
Charles Ryder: No, it's *not* what it was built for. Maybe that's one of the pleasures of building. Like having a son. Wondering how he'll grow up. I don't know. I've never built anything. And...
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