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All's Well That Ends Well (1981)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | TV Movie 4 January 1981
Helena loves Bertram, but he's of noble birth, while she's just a doctor's daughter. But Bertram is at the court of the King of France, who is ill, and Helena has a remedy that might cure ... See full summary »

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Elijah Moshinsky

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Celia Johnson ... Countess of Rousillon
Ian Charleson ... Bertram
Michael Hordern ... Lafeu
Angela Down Angela Down ... Helena
Peter Jeffrey ... Parolles
Kevin Stoney Kevin Stoney ... Rinaldo
Donald Sinden ... King of France
Robert Lindsay ... Captain Dumain
Dominic Jephcott ... Captain Dumain
Paul Brooke ... Lavache
James Simmons ... Bachelor
John Segal John Segal ... Bachelor
Peter Sands ... Bachelor
Yves Aubert Yves Aubert ... Bachelor
Terence McGinity Terence McGinity ... First Gentleman
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Helena loves Bertram, but he's of noble birth, while she's just a doctor's daughter. But Bertram is at the court of the King of France, who is ill, and Helena has a remedy that might cure him and win her the right to marry Bertram. But does Bertram want to marry her? Written by Kathy Li

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Comedy | Romance

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1981 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: All's Well That Ends Well See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Part of the long running BBC Television Shakespeare project which ran between 1978 and 1985. See more »

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Version of All's Well That Ends Well (1978) See more »

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Shakespeare's Dark Tale of Obsession and Desire!
11 January 2006 | by Dan1863SicklesSee all my reviews

Chaste, thoughtful Helena loves cold, self-centered Bertram. But when the handsome young man rejects her common birth with aristocratic scorn, unexpected events lead to deception and passion! This dark Shakespeare play is one of the real gems of the BBC collection. Everything is right about the costumes, the actors, the sets, and the lush sensuality of the presentation. Ian Charleson as Bertram is more of a villain than a hero through much of the play, laughing at Helena's tears and running off to play with his soldier friends. Yet when lust strikes him in turn, he is humbled. Pippa Guard is refined and hauntingly beautiful as Diana, the girl from the "wrong side of the tracks" (or the Elizabethan equivalent) whom the haughty Bertram plans to seduce. Diana is not just a cheap tramp. She has a desperate purity. Far from welcoming the noble's advances, she reacts like a frightened deer, or a cornered rabbit, shying from Bertram's cynical touch. Only the shrewd scheming of Helena and her high-born friends (including a king who recognizes her true worth) allows her to capture Bertram's heart at last. Humbled and humiliated by his total downfall, (and Diana's scorn) Bertram falls into forgiving Helena's open arms and proclaims his passionate devotion.

A sexy play, full of romantic longing, arrogant elegance, and sheer unadulterated desire!


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