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Joseph Andrews (1977)

Lady Booby a.k.a. "Belle", the lively wife of the fat landed squire Sir Thomas Booby, has a lusty eye on the attractive, intelligent villager Joseph Andrews, a Latin pupil and protégé of ... See full summary »

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Tony Richardson

Writers:

Tony Richardson (screen story), Allan Scott (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann-Margret ... Lady Booby alias 'Belle'
Peter Firth ... Joseph Andrews
Michael Hordern ... Parson Adams
Beryl Reid ... Mrs. Slipslop
Jim Dale ... The pedlar
Natalie Ogle ... Fanny Goodwill
Peter Bull ... Sir Thomas Booby
Kenneth Cranham ... The Wicked Squire
Karen Dotrice ... Pamela
James Villiers James Villiers ... Mr. Booby
Norman Rossington ... Gaffer Andrews
Patsy Rowlands ... Gammer Andrews
Murray Melvin ... Beau Didapper
Ronald Pickup ... Mr. Wilson
Penelope Wilton ... Mrs. Wilson
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Storyline

Lady Booby a.k.a. "Belle", the lively wife of the fat landed squire Sir Thomas Booby, has a lusty eye on the attractive, intelligent villager Joseph Andrews, a Latin pupil and protégé of Parson Adams, and makes him their footman. Joseph's heart belongs to a country girl, foundling Fanny Goodwill, but his masters take him on a fashionable trip to Bath, where the spoiled society comes mainly to see and be seen, yet Sir Thomas really seeks relief for his sick foot, but drowns in the famous Roman baths. When the all but grieving lady finds Joseph's Christian virtue and true love resist her lusting passes just as well as the many ladies who fancy her footman, she fires the boy. On his way back on foot, he falls prey to highwaymen who rob him of everything, even the clothes on his back. He's found and nursed by an innkeeper's maid, which stirs lusts there, again besides his honorable conduct, but is found by the good Parson. Meanwhile, the lady consents to her cousin marrying below their ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

A lady's secrets. A servant's lust. A lover's betrayal.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

As desventuras de Joseph Andrews See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$839,865
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Woodfall Film Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peggy Ashcroft: As Lady Tattle. See more »


Soundtracks

Maypole
Words and Music by Robert Stewart (as Bob Stewart)
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Tom no, Joseph yes.
15 February 2018 | by pp312See all my reviews

Funny, I never could get into Tom Jones. That it won Best Picture is a wonder to me. I just found it messy, badly filmed and edited and mostly incomprehensible. Joseph Andrews, however, is a different matter; I laughed heartily and found the whole thing to be what Tom Jones failed to be: a genuinely entertaining bawdy riot. How this film is so lowly rated mystifies me. Everything seems right, especially Ann Margaret who acts her skirt off (literally), and Peter Firth at least looks young and desirable, unlike Albert Finny who always looked too old to be romping around in the woods making a goose of himself. Such a shame this film isn't better known and more often shown.


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