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An Englishman Abroad (1983)

Actress Coral Browne travels to Moscow, and meets a mysterious Englishman. Turns out he's the notorious spy, Guy Burgess. Based on a true story, with Ms. Browne playing herself.

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John Schlesinger

Writer:

Alan Bennett
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Bates ... Guy Burgess
Coral Browne ... Herself
Charles Gray ... Claudius
Harold Innocent ... Rosencrantz
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Guildenstern
Mark Wing-Davey Mark Wing-Davey ... Hamlet
Douglas Reith ... Toby
Peter Chelsom ... Giles
Judy Gridley Judy Gridley ... Tessa
Denys Hawthorne Denys Hawthorne ... Tailor
Trevor Baxter ... Pyjama Shop Manager
Roger Hammond ... Shoe Shop Assistant
Alexei Jawdokimov Alexei Jawdokimov ... Tolya
Matthew Sim ... The Boy
Molly Veness Molly Veness ... Mrs. Burgess
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Actress Coral Browne travels to Moscow, and meets a mysterious Englishman. Turns out he's the notorious spy, Guy Burgess. Based on a true story, with Ms. Browne playing herself. Written by David Spalding <http://korova.com/film>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1984 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre's tour of Leningrad (12-21 December 1958) and Moscow (24 December- 5 January 1959) was the first time a major British theatre company had gone to the Soviet Union. As well as Coral Browne as Gertrude, the production featured Michael Redgrave as Hamlet, Dorothy Tutin as Ophelia and Mark Dignam as Claudius (the Charles Gray character). When Burgess makes a remark about Laertes' tights, he is referring to a young Edward Woodward. Other members of the cast included Julian Glover, Anthony Nicholls, Eileen Atkins, Ian Holm and Edward De Souza. See more »

Goofs

When Coral, in Burgess' flat, says 'The theatre's in a dreadful state', her lips are out of sync. See more »

Quotes

Coral: Outside Shakespeare, the word "treason" to me means nothing - only you pissed in our soup, and we drank it.
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Crazy Credits

[At end of opening credits] "Although some incidents are imaginary... this is a true story. It happened to Coral Browne in 1958." See more »

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Featured in Coral Browne: Caviar for the General (1989) See more »

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I love this drama
11 November 2000 | by zanmorrowSee all my reviews

I watch it every time it comes on TV. Alan Bates is perfect and the fact that Coral Brown plays her younger self is so perceptive - she's an old woman in the play - does she play herself exactly as she was - if so she was old before her time. Russia looks so grey - it makes London look bright and bustling. And the final scene makes the whole thing worth it.


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