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A Little Night Music (1977)

Frederick Egerman (Len Cariou) is very happy in his marriage to a seventeen-year-old virgin, Anne (Lesley-Anne Down). Only she's been a virgin for the whole eleven months of the marriage, ... See full summary »


Harold Prince


Ingmar Bergman (suggested by: a film by "Sommarnattens leende"), Hugh Wheeler (screenplay)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Desiree Armfeldt
Diana Rigg ... Charlotte Mittelheim
Len Cariou ... Frederick Egerman
Lesley-Anne Down ... Anne Egerman
Hermione Gingold ... Mme. Armfeldt
Laurence Guittard Laurence Guittard ... Carl-Magnus Mittelheim
Christopher Guard Christopher Guard ... Erich Egerman
Lesley Dunlop ... Petra
Chloe Franks ... Fredericka Armfeldt
Heinz Marecek Heinz Marecek ... Frid
Jonathan Tunick Jonathan Tunick ... Conductor
Hubert Tscheppe Hubert Tscheppe ... Franz
Rudolph Schrympf Rudolph Schrympf ... Band Conductor
Franz Schussler Franz Schussler ... The Mayor
Johanna Schussler Johanna Schussler ... The Mayoress


Frederick Egerman (Len Cariou) is very happy in his marriage to a seventeen-year-old virgin, Anne (Lesley-Anne Down). Only she's been a virgin for the whole eleven months of the marriage, and being a bit restless, Fredrick goes to see an old flame, the famous actress Desiree Armfeldt (Dame Elizabeth Taylor). Desiree is getting tired of her life, and is thinking of settling down, and sets her sights on Fredrick, despite his marriage, and her own married lover Count Carl-Magnus Mittelheim (Laurence Guittard). She gets her mother to invite the Egermans to her country estate for the weekend. But when Carl-Magnus and his wife Charlotte (Dame Diana Rigg) appear, too, things begin to get farcical (Send in the Clowns), and the night must smile for the third time before all the lovers are united. Written by Kathy Li

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Did You Know?


Nominated for a Tony for originating the part Madame Armfeldt in "A little night music", Hermione Gingold was signed to recreate her role in the film version. Sad to say, her part was cut to the bone; among the losses was her tour-de-force number "Liaisons". See more »


Referenced in Springfield's Most Wanted (1995) See more »


Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Len Cariou, Christopher Guard and Lesley-Anne Down
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I hate it, but I love it!

Yes it's true, Hal Prince did really ruin his most sophisticated and gorgeous stage musical, by transferring the plot to turn of the century austria (nonsense), skipping the greek chorus and cutting some of the best songs of the show (the miller's son, Liaisons). Nevertheless, one has to be thankful, that the talents of the original broadway production were chosen to recreate their respective successes on screen, even if they finally have been butchered in the cutting room. Biggest miss is the final scene in which the night smiles for the third time and Mdm. Armfeldt (Hermione Gingold) passes away. Still, its the only thing visual, that's left from that great Broadway Cast and though I hate it, I love it.

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West Germany | Austria | USA



Release Date:

21 May 1980 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

A Little Night Music See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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