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The Lady's Not for Burning (1974)

A war-weary soldier who wants to die tries to convince a zealous cleric to accuse him of witchcraft and hang him instead of a beautiful condemned woman already accused of witchcraft who wants to live.

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Joseph Hardy

Writer:

Christopher Fry (play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Eileen Atkins ... Jennet Jourdemayne
Jacques Aubuchon ... Edward Tappercoom
John Carradine ... Old Matthew Skipps
Richard Chamberlain ... Thomas Mendip
Keene Curtis ... Mayor Hebble Tyson
Scott Hylands ... Humphrey Devize
Tom Lacy Tom Lacy ... The Chaplain
Stephen McHattie ... Nicholas Devize
Rosemary Murphy ... Margaret Devize
Laurie Prange Laurie Prange ... Alizon Elliot
Kristoffer Tabori ... Richard
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A war-weary soldier who wants to die tries to convince a zealous cleric to accuse him of witchcraft and hang him instead of a beautiful condemned woman already accused of witchcraft who wants to live.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Television Theatre: The Lady's Not for Burning See more »

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Version of Die Dame ist nicht fürs Feuer (1960) See more »

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Left me breathless
10 November 2005 | by gardenwriterSee all my reviews

I'm not kidding. My sister had to remind me to breathe as we sat and watched this excellent drama together. As a college theater major I had worked on this production and so was totally familiar with the plot and characters - but not done this way. The production was stunning; the acting superb - the entire thing was completely riveting. I only wish it was available on DVD as I could probably watch it again and again.

Richard Chamberlain was the perfect Thomas and one could easily see how he could entrance the Allaged witch, Jennet. I also enjoyed Kristoffer Tabori as the clerk, Richard.

It has been nearly 20 years since I saw this show but it still stands out in my mind as one of my all time favorite viewing experiences. Christopher Fry, the playwright, uses language that may sound a bit archaic to the modern ear, but it soon becomes quite normal as we settle in to be absorbed by an entrancing tale.


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