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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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Cast

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

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This movie screened out of competition at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival. Producer Menahem Golan once said of this: "There was a dispute in Cannes that year. They appointed me as a judge in the festival and then, out of the blue, informed me that they had invited someone else instead of me. I sued them, and to settle it, they agreed to screen this movie in the competition. But it wasn't worth much, because the film wasn't good." See more »

Goofs

When Hogarth disturbs the fornicating couples during the wedding feast, someone is heard to say 'Oh god, Hogarth'. None of the actors present are seen to mouth the words. See more »

Quotes

Hogarth: I came, my Lady, to fetch a coat for the footman. I will clothe thee with a change of raiment. Zacchariah, chapter 3 verse 4.
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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

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

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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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$724,912

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$724,912
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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