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The Wicked Lady (1983)

Caroline is to be wed to Sir Ralph and invites her sister Barbara to be her bridesmaid. Barbara seduces Ralph, however, and she becomes the new Lady, but despite her new wealthy situation, ... See full summary »


Michael Winner


Leslie Arliss (screenplay), Michael Winner (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Faye Dunaway ... Lady Barbara Skelton
Alan Bates ... Captain Jerry Jackson
John Gielgud ... Hogarth
Denholm Elliott ... Sir Ralph Skelton
Prunella Scales ... Lady Kingsclere
Oliver Tobias ... Kit Locksby
Glynis Barber ... Caroline
Joan Hickson ... Aunt Agatha
Helena McCarthy Helena McCarthy ... Moll Skelton
Mollie Maureen Mollie Maureen ... Doll Skelton
Derek Francis ... Lord Kingsclere
Marina Sirtis ... Jackson's Girl
Nicholas Gecks Nicholas Gecks ... Ned Cotterell
Hugh Millais Hugh Millais ... Uncle Martin
John Savident ... Squire Thornton


Caroline is to be wed to Sir Ralph and invites her sister Barbara to be her bridesmaid. Barbara seduces Ralph, however, and she becomes the new Lady, but despite her new wealthy situation, she gets bored and turns to highway robbery for thrills. While on the road she meets a famous highwayman, and they continue as a team, but some people begin suspecting her identity, and she risks death if she continues her nefarious activities. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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She's wild. She's wicked. And she really knows how to whip up a good time! See more »


Adventure | Drama


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Gregory Peck was asked to play Captain Jerry Jackson, but shunned the project because he thought the script was "dire". See more »


When Hogarth is roused from his bed by the return of Henrietta who has been robbed, he is shown at first wearing a nightshirt. Only seconds later, when answering the door to Henrietta, he is now wearing a shirt and trousers. See more »


Hogarth: I am told that the city is in the grip of a great frost, people skating on the river Thames. Skating and sinning too no doubt.
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Alternate Versions

UK censor James Ferman requested cuts for the UK cinema version to the infamous horse-whip fight between Faye Dunaway and Marina Sirtis claiming that shots of whipped breasts should not be passed by the BBFC. However he was overruled following protests by Michael Winner, who was supported by Kingsley Amis and Karel Reisz (among others) after they viewed a private showing of the film. Following the introduction of the 1984 Video Recordings Act Ferman got his wish and the scene was edited by 13 secs for the 1987 VCI video release. Those cuts were waived for the 2016 video release. See more »


Referenced in In Confidence: Michael Winner (2012) See more »


Cuckolds All A Row
Traditional: Playford's Dancing master, 1651
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Okay, okay...
7 January 2006 | by potshotkSee all my reviews

...so the original was better.

Quite a lot better. Given all the slop they throw onto DVD it's hard to believe you can't even get the original on videotape!

But when the rubber meets the road, the Sirtas Vs Dunaway Pillsbury Whip-Off is the only interesting bit of directing Michael Loser will likely ever produce and you all know it.

Otherwise, I'd say it has as much to do with the original 1945 version as, say, "That Forsythe Woman" has to do with the brilliant Galsworthy 1970s miniseries, "The Forsythe Saga."

In any case, this movie is certain to be much better on DVD because you'll be able to scan directly to that scene.

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28 October 1983 (USA) See more »

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The Wicked Lady See more »


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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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