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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.


Kevin Billington


Ford Madox Ford (novel), Julian Mitchell (adaptation)

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Robin Ellis ... John Dowell
Vickery Turner Vickery Turner ... Florence Dowell
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Susan Fleetwood ... Leonora Ashburnham
Elizabeth Garvie ... Nancy Rufford
Pauline Moran ... Maisie Maidan
John Ratzenberger ... Jimmy
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Roger Hammond ... Grand Duke
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Alan Downer Alan Downer ... Chief of Police
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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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Release Date:

9 January 1983 (USA) See more »

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A jó katona See more »

Filming Locations:

Marburg, Hessen, Germany See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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Ho hum....
24 November 2015 | by lizholzer-95726See all my reviews

This video (I watched it on YouTube) doesn't come close to developing the central ideas of the novel. In fairness, I don't see how any filmed version could. The story in the book is told from the pov of an enigmatic narrator who doesn't always know the full story, may have reasons for not being 100% square with the reader, and appears emotionally dim and stunted. He has no real intimacy with any of his fellow characters, who succeed in betraying him over the course of years despite their physical proximity. He is bitter, but too phlegmatic to be vengeful. His views on men, women, love, marriage, and human nature are fascinating. The book is terrific and really worth reading, but the film captures only the action and none of the heart. On video, the narrator comes off as some rich clueless slob whose wife and friends do a bunch of random things that inexplicably result in suicide and insanity. Pointless, in my opinion. But Jeremy Brett is handsome, hence a few stars.

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