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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
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

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 (2015) See more »

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This movie sparked my interest in Shakespeare
28 December 2004 | by Joannah-2See all my reviews

This movie was absolutely delightful. It was a lovely introduction to Shakespeare, for ( if I remember correctly at a distance of 20-something years ) the 12-or-13 year old that I was back then. ( I stayed up way past midnight so that I could see the end of it - it was lucky that I was on holiday at the time! )

The casting was excellent, especially the actors chosen to play Viola and Sebastian ( they looked like they were related! ), and Malvolio. The sets were well done, and the costuming ( again from the distance of too many years ) was good. The entire production was just charming.

I would dearly like to see this movie again, if anyone knows where to get a copy of it. ( Video or DVD )


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