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The Good Soldier (1981)

A romantic tragedy about two turn-of-the-century couples - one American, one British - who regularly vacation together at a spa in Germany.

Director:

Kevin Billington

Writers:

Ford Madox Ford (novel), Julian Mitchell (adaptation)
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Complete credited cast:
Robin Ellis ... John Dowell
Vickery Turner Vickery Turner ... Florence Dowell
Jeremy Brett ... Edward Ashburnham
Susan Fleetwood ... Leonora Ashburnham
Elizabeth Garvie ... Nancy Rufford
Pauline Moran ... Maisie Maidan
John Ratzenberger ... Jimmy
Geoffrey Chater ... Bagshawe
Roger Hammond ... Grand Duke
John Grillo ... Herr Schontz
Alan Downer Alan Downer ... Chief of Police
Waldemar Rühl Waldemar Rühl ... Head Waiter
Kenneth Midwood Kenneth Midwood ... Doctor
William Merrow William Merrow ... Custodian
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A romantic tragedy about two turn-of-the-century couples - one American, one British - who regularly vacation together at a spa in Germany.

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Riveting Adaptation of a Difficult Novel
2 August 2004 | by moondog-8See all my reviews

This made-for-TV film gets high marks all around: lucid and intelligent cinematography, breathtaking performances, and visually strong direction. It's a great film, based on great source material.

The film addresses how a man, by re-examining several years in his life, realizes that he was totally clueless regarding what was happening around him, as his wife and friends schemed and had affairs while he thought they were all happy and content. The novel moves back and forth in time, and so does this film: a complex yet totally engrossing narrative that leaves other time-shift ideas such as *Pulp Fiction* in the dust.

Among all the great performances in here, special mention must be made of Susan Fleetwood, whose layered performance is both sensual and calculating.

I've turned on many friends to this film. Definitely one of my desert-island videos.

Highest accolades!!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A jó katona See more »

Filming Locations:

Marburg, Hessen, Germany See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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Color
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