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Cymbeline (1982)

Not Rated | | Drama, Comedy | TV Movie 20 December 1982
Cymbeline, the King of Britain, is angry that his daughter Imogen has chosen a poor (but worthy) man for her husband. So he banishes Posthumus, who goes to fight for Rome. Imogen (dressed ... See full summary »

Director:

Elijah Moshinsky

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Johnson ... Cymbeline
Michael Pennington ... Posthumus
Claire Bloom ... Queen
Robert Lindsay ... Iachimo
Helen Mirren ... Imogen
Michael Gough ... Belarius
Michael Hordern ... Jupiter
John Kane ... Pisanio
Hugh Thomas Hugh Thomas ... Cornelius
Nicholas Young ... Lord
Aimée Delamain ... Gentlewoman
Paul Jesson ... Cloten
Geoffrey Lumsden Geoffrey Lumsden ... Philario
Patsy Smart ... Helen
Allan Hendrick Allan Hendrick ... Frenchman
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Cymbeline, the King of Britain, is angry that his daughter Imogen has chosen a poor (but worthy) man for her husband. So he banishes Posthumus, who goes to fight for Rome. Imogen (dressed as a boy) goes in search of her husband, who meanwhile has boasted to his pal Iachimo that Imogen would never betray him. And Iachimo's determined to prove him wrong. Written by Kathy Li

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Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Cymbeline See more »

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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 Cymbeline (1925) See more »

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Cymbeline (1982)
22 June 2011 | by rhylcolinjonesSee all my reviews

This play was first staged in the early 1600s and inevitably it has lost something in transportation through time and space to a BBCTV studio. The atmosphere doesn't feel right even though the costumes and sets are not bad. As for the plot, King Cymbeline (Richard Johnson) is not a happy bunny when his daughter Imogen (Helen Mirren) marries beneath her station. He banishes the husband from the kingdom and puts Imogen under the wing of her treacherous stepmother (Claire Bloom). From there the story takes many twists and turns. Robert Lindsay puts in a fine performance as a baddie, and it's nice to see Michael Gough, Patricia Hayes, Marius Goring and Michael Hordern popping up here and there. The play is not one of Shakespeare's greatest hits though, and this 1980s TV version only just held my attention; it seemed dull in parts.


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