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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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Kevin Billington

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

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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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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Color
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If I could command what would be released to DVD...
10 July 2003 | by fraserpattySee all my reviews

I would make a set of underrated, though wonderful movies or series that ended up on Masterpiece Theatre. This movie is one that would surely end up on disc. One of many beautiful period pieces, it is distinguished by the emotional impact the storyline has. Neither of the two couples involved in the story are young, and yet still their love stories are spellbinding. Sex is not the issue here, it is what happens when one person in a marriage loves but the other does not. Yet these are passionate people, and their passions bring about their downfalls. Some of Britain's greats (the late Jeremy Brett and the late Susan Fleetwood and Robin Ellis from Poldark) give deeply emotional performances. That this movie, and most other Masterpiece Theatre's little gems (like Memento Mori) will never be available on disc is a true loss to lovers of this PBS show.

Edited to add: Wonder of wonders--this movie is now scheduled for a DVD release on April 24, 2007. It is truly worth a rental, if not a blind buy. One of Jeremy Brett's best performances. Enjoy.


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