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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 »

Director:

Michael Winner

Writers:

Leslie Arliss (screenplay), Michael Winner (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Faye Dunaway ... Lady Barbara Skelton
Alan Bates ... 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 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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

She seduced, robbed and murdered...That was on her good days. [Theatrical]

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dama Perversa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$360,772, 30 October 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$724,912
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is notable for a whip-fight between two women, which was not in the original novel, but was already in The Wicked Lady (1945). The scene caused a controversy, as the British Board of Film Classification wanted to impose a cut, and Director Michael Winner refused to cut the notorious sequence, lobbying with such fellow director colleagues as Lindsay Anderson, Karel Reisz, and John Schlesinger, as well as author Kingsley Amis to defend retention of the scene. The scene stayed, but the movie's release was delayed. See more »

Quotes

Hogarth: To your duties, all of you! Sluts! To your duties!
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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 »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Cuckolds All A Row
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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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