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Twelfth Night (1980)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | TV Movie 6 January 1980
Viola and Sebastian are lookalike twins, separated by a shipwreck. Viola lands in Illyria, where she disguises herself like her brother and goes into the service of the Duke Orsino. Orsino ... See full summary »

Director:

John Gorrie

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec McCowen ... Malvolio
Robert Hardy ... Sir Toby Belch
Felicity Kendal ... Viola
Annette Crosbie ... Maria
Sinéad Cusack ... Olivia
Trevor Peacock ... Feste
Clive Arrindell Clive Arrindell ... Orsino
Ronnie Stevens ... Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Robert Lindsay ... Fabian
Maurice Roëves ... Antonio
Michael Thomas Michael Thomas ... Sebastian
Malcolm Reynold Malcolm Reynold ... Valentine (as Malcolm Reynolds)
Michael Ryan Michael Ryan ... Curio (as Ryan Michael)
Richardson Morgan Richardson Morgan ... Sea Captain (as Ric Morgan)
Arthur Hewlett ... Priest
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Storyline

Viola and Sebastian are lookalike twins, separated by a shipwreck. Viola lands in Illyria, where she disguises herself like her brother and goes into the service of the Duke Orsino. Orsino sends her to help him woo the Lady Olivia, who doesn't want the Duke, but finds that she likes the new messenger the Duke's sending. Then, of course, Viola's brother shows up, and merry hell breaks loose. Meanwhile, Olivia's uncle and his cohorts are trying to find some way to get back at Olivia's officious majordomo, Malvolio. Written by Kathy Li

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

6 January 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Twelfth Night See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Gorrie set the play during the English Civil War, hoping the use of cavaliers and roundheads would help focus the dramatisation of the conflict between festivity and Puritanism. See more »

Goofs

As Feste (the fool, the clown) is singing in the final scene, he walks up the "stone" garden steps and they echo loudly, clearly revealing that they are wooden props. See more »

Connections

Version of Macbeth (1898) See more »

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Stump the Critic - "Darned Near Perfect"
30 July 2006 | by tonstant viewerSee all my reviews

Generally, this space gets lists of good points, lists of bad points, a few irrelevant personal details, and if we're lucky, the reviewer's pet's reaction.

Well, this video is as close to perfect as you could hope for. A strong cast without a weak link, excellent pacing, gratifying visual design.... What am I going to complain about?

Um...Sir Andrew Aguecheek didn't have to go up into falsetto quite so often.

Ah...the sound engineers had trouble keeping up with the shouts and murmurs; perhaps if they had lowered the shouts and raised the murmurs....

Oh, just go ahead and watch it. It doesn't get any better than this.


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