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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.

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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

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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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Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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A fantastic adaptation
15 December 2017 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I had this sat on my dvd shelf for years and decided to give it a go, after five minutes I was captivated, totally drawn in. The story is fantastic, I've not read the book so can't compare, but there are multiple layers, love, betrayal, longing, and a true sense of character. Spellbinding performances all round, although it must be said Jeremy Brett captivates every single time he appears, he is phenominal, so charismatic. I found myself also loving Pauline Moran here, she made Maisie such a tragic character.

Lovely production values, at times it felt like I was watching The Great Sherlock Holmes, it only needed a murder. Fabulous costumes and period detail, it truly is a lavish drama.

Glorious viewing. 9/10


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