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The Nelson Affair (1973)

Bequest to the Nation (original title)
Young George Matcham visits his uncle Lord Nelson and the vulgar Lady Hamilton. With the clear eyes of youth, he measures Nelson's stature and notes his feet of clay. And yet, Nelson is a ... See full summary »

Director:

James Cellan Jones

Writers:

Terence Rattigan (play), Terence Rattigan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenda Jackson ... Lady Hamilton
Peter Finch ... Adm. Lord Horatio Nelson
Michael Jayston ... Capt. Hardy
Anthony Quayle ... Lord Minto
Margaret Leighton ... Lady Frances Nelson
Dominic Guard ... Master George Matcham
Nigel Stock ... George Matcham
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Catherine 'Catty' Matcham
Roland Culver ... Lord Barham
Richard Mathews Richard Mathews ... Rev. William Nelson
Liz Ashley Liz Ashley ... Sarah Nelson
John Nolan ... Capt. Blackwood
André Maranne André Maranne ... Adm. Villeneuve
Clelia Matania ... Francesca
Pat Heywood Pat Heywood ... Emily
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Storyline

Young George Matcham visits his uncle Lord Nelson and the vulgar Lady Hamilton. With the clear eyes of youth, he measures Nelson's stature and notes his feet of clay. And yet, Nelson is a hero, a great man. How can this be resolved? Meanwhile, the combined French and Spanish fleet puts out to sea. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1973 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nelson Affair See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV premiere)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

During the scenes at Trafalgar, the main rudder of HMS Victory is shot, killing the pilot and one the helmsmen. At this point, Nelson orders to "engage the enemy more closely". These events are genuine, and happened exactly in the order depicted in the movie, according to HMS Victory's log. See more »

Goofs

When Lady Hamilton says to Nelson, "Don't leave your Emma alone and deserted", her left arm is up, as if her hand is on his face or shoulder; a split-second later it is down at her side. See more »

Quotes

Adm. Lord Horatio Nelson: Captain!
Capt. Blackwood: Yes, my lord?
Adm. Lord Horatio Nelson: Five hours I've watched you trying to pass me in your damned Temeraire. When we come to battle, I'll thank you to keep to your proper station.
Capt. Blackwood: Yes, my lord, and what is that?
Adm. Lord Horatio Nelson: Behind me!
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Connections

Spoofed in Blackadder the Third: Ink and Incapability (1987) See more »

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Nelson's affair with vulgar Emma sparks family conflict
25 November 2019 | by jgcorreaSee all my reviews

The movie is an adaptation of a play on Nelson and Lady Hamilton, written by Terence Rattigan, surely on par with other Rattigan plays such as The Deep Blue Sea, The WInslow Boy and Separate Tables.


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