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Waltz of the Toreadors (1962)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 19 September 1962 (France)
This is the end of a glorious military career: General Leo Fitzjohn retires to his Sussex manor where he will write his memoirs. Unfortunately, his private life is a disaster: a confirmed ... See full summary »

Director:

John Guillermin

Writers:

Jean Anouilh (play), Lucienne Hill (English translation) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Sellers ... Gen. Leo Fitzjohn
Dany Robin ... Ghislaine
Margaret Leighton ... Emily Fitzjohn
John Fraser ... Lt. Robert Finch
Cyril Cusack ... Dr. Grogan
Prunella Scales ... Estella Fitzjohn
Denise Coffey Denise Coffey ... Sidonia Fitzjohn
Jean Anderson ... Agnes
Raymond Huntley ... Ackroyd, Court President
Cardew Robinson Cardew Robinson ... Midgley the Undertaker
John Glyn-Jones John Glyn-Jones ... Jenkins the Innkeeper
John Le Mesurier ... Rev. Grimsley
Vanda Godsell ... Mrs. Emma Bulstrode, Dress Shop Proprietor
Catherine Feller ... Rosemary, the young maid
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Storyline

This is the end of a glorious military career: General Leo Fitzjohn retires to his Sussex manor where he will write his memoirs. Unfortunately, his private life is a disaster: a confirmed womanizer, Leo has infuriated his wife Emily, now a shrewish and hypochondriac woman, all the more bitter as she still loves him. The General has two plain-looking daughters he dislikes and an attractive French mistress, Ghislaine, with whom he has had a platonic affair for seventeen years. When Ghislaine resurfaces, determined to complete her love with him and to get rid of Emily, Leo is at a loss what to do... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Old Soldiers Never Die...they just carry on...and on...and on...and on See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Amorous General See more »

Filming Locations:

Sussex, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

As John Fraser had learned to ride horses while stationed as a British Army commissioned officer in Germany, he filmed all of his own horse-riding stunts for the film. The only stunt he did not perform himself is the one where his character, Robert, pulls Ghislaine from a moving train and flings her on to his horse, as the company insuring the film refused to allow it. See more »

Goofs

General Fitzjohn (Peter Sellars) unveils a statue of himself in the town square then gallops off to his castle where he comes to a stop in the courtyard and the statue is already there on a cart. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Emma Bulstrode, Dress Shop Proprietor: We have to perform miracles to make beauties out of these girls.
Gen. Leo Fitzjohn: That's more than their mother could do.
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Version of Play of the Week: The Waltz of the Toreadors (1959) See more »

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A minor gem, worth seeing
28 April 2002 | by wjficklingSee all my reviews

I saw this on cable recently, out of curiosity more than anything else, and I wasn't sure I was really going to watch it. However, it turned out to be quite a little gem that I would recommend for those of us who have a few years on them. Peter Sellers, who was only in his 30s at the time, puts on aging makeup and plays a retired general around the turn of the 19th century who is still chasing skirts (Sellers appears in flashbacks looking his real age). It is a bittersweet look at marriage, sexual desire, maturity, the advantage men have over women with respect to aging, etc. And, to its credit, it doesn't have the stock Hollywood ending one might expect.


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