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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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Drama | History

Certificate:

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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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Trivia

After Glenda Jackson criticized her own performance in the film, calling it "rubbishy," Terence Rattigan pointedly suggested that she return her fee. 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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Version of Nelson (1926) See more »

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peter finch gives a brilliant performance
24 May 2001 | by Tony RomeSee all my reviews

Peter Finch gives a brilliant performance as Nelson in this colorful, superbly photographed film. Glenda Jackson gives a fine performance as Lady Hamilton, but Finch stands out in this film, as the central character of focus. Too bad it is not on video or disc 10/10.


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