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As You Like It (1978)

After the overthrowing of Duke Senior by his tyrannical brother, Senior's daughter Rosalind disguises herself as a man and sets out to find her banished father while also counseling her clumsy suitor Orlando in the art of wooing.

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Basil Coleman

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Rosalind
Brian Stirner Brian Stirner ... Orlando
Richard Pasco Richard Pasco ... Jaques
Angharad Rees ... Celia
James Bolam ... Touchstone
Clive Francis ... Oliver
Richard Easton ... Duke Frederick
Tony Church Tony Church ... Duke Senior
John Quentin John Quentin ... Le Beau
Maynard Williams Maynard Williams ... Silvius
Victoria Plucknett Victoria Plucknett ... Phebe
Marilyn Le Conte ... Audrey
Tom McDonnell Tom McDonnell ... Amiens
David Lloyd Meredith David Lloyd Meredith ... Corin
Arthur Hewlett ... Adam
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Storyline

Orlando is forced to work like a servant for his brother Oliver, so he goes to win his fortune in a wrestling contest, where he meets a lady of the court, Rosalind. Rosalind (daughter of the deposed duke) is companion to Celia, niece of the deposed Duke, and when the current duke banishes Rosalind from the kingdom, she, Celia, the court jester (and incidentally Orlando) all end up in the forest or Arden, where the deposed Duke holds court. Romantic mixups, cross-dressing, love poems nailed to trees, and a lion await them all. Written by Kathy Li (revised by Albert Sanchez Moreno)

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: As You Like It See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The entire play was shot on location at Glamis Castle in Scotland. See more »

Quotes

Orlando: Only in the world I fill up a place, which may be better supplied when I have made it empty.
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Connections

Version of Comme il vous plaira (1972) See more »

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Much better than the current 7.0 score
6 November 2014 | by MissSimonettaSee all my reviews

I am shocked at how much scorn this adaptation of As You Like It has garnered on this website. In my opinion, it's a good if not great adaptation of one of the Bard's lesser comedies.

Helen Mirren and the beautiful locations are the prime reasons to check this one out. Mirren is engaging as the heroine Rosalind. And the forest and castle used for shooting are just beautiful.

Of course, the play itself has issues. The plot is thin and the resolution comes out of nowhere. Still, it's all an excuse to hear that glorious verse and witty banter.

A fine film, though not essential.


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