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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 »

Director:

Harold Prince

Writers:

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

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
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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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Trivia

Robert Stephens was originally signed to play Frederick Egerman, and began playing it in this movie, but he was replaced after only a few days of shooting by Len Cariou, who had played the part on Broadway. Dame Elizabeth Taylor had insisted on this replacement, citing "insufficent chemistry" between her and Stephens. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

A Weekend in the Country
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Lesley Dunlop, Lesley-Anne Down, Len Cariou, Diana Rigg,
Laurence Guittard, Christopher Guard and Hermione Gingold
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Deserves a DVD release
13 December 2005 | by JvbwaySee all my reviews

This is probably one of the most maligned film versions of a stage musical ever made. And a while some of it's criticisms are well deserved, this film certainly has it's benefits. Among the better parts of the film there is, above all, Diana Rigg's Charlotte. Rigg ranks as one of the most under-appreciated actresses of all time, and her performance is simply pitch-perfect. It is also fortunate to have Len Cariou, Laurence Guittard and Hermoine Gringold re-create their stage roles, and Lesley Ann Down is a lovely addition, well cast as Anne, even if she doesn't do her own singing.

On the downside, the setting of the film is unwisely moved to Vienna, where there is . no midnight sun, and much of the score is eliminated. And then there is the controversial casting of Elizabeth Taylor as Desiree. Taylor is a very gifted actress, but in this role Taylor is simply a black hole, overly dramatic and lacking the warmth and joy Glyinis Johns brought to the stage role. Still, since it is based on one of the finest musicals of all time, this film deserves a DVD release


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Country:

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Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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