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The Wild Duck (1984)

PG | | Drama | 22 March 1985 (USA)
A loving family's world is shattered by an old friend's arrival, carrying a dark secret.

Director:

Henri Safran

Writers:

Henrik Ibsen (play), Tutte Lemkow | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Liv Ullmann ... Gina
Jeremy Irons ... Harold
Lucinda Jones Lucinda Jones ... Henrietta
John Meillon ... Old Ackland
Arthur Dignam Arthur Dignam ... Gregory
Michael Pate ... Wardle
Rhys McConnochie ... Mr. Roland
Colin Croft Colin Croft ... Mellison
Marion Edward ... Mrs. Summers
Peter De Salis Peter De Salis ... Peters
Jeff Truman ... Johnson
Clive Marshall Clive Marshall ... Gray
Desmond Tester ... Elderly Guest
Georgie Stirling Georgie Stirling ... Caretaker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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A loving family's world is shattered by an old friend's arrival, carrying a dark secret.

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Adapted from the play by Henrik Ibsen. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Wildente See more »

Filming Locations:

New South Wales, Australia See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

English actor Jeremy Irons and Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann were imported from overseas to headline this Australian film production. See more »

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Version of Vildanden (1970) See more »

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The Wild Duck? sheesh, give me some of that "Famous Grouse!"
12 November 2001 | by uds3See all my reviews

THE benchmark in boring movies. Not the 'worst movie' ever made, simply the slowest!

Ultimately lethargic and snooze-inducing rendition of the famed Henry Ibsen play. Basically two days in the life of the Ackland family around the turn of the century. Humorless Harold Ackland (Irons) can barely countenance his blind and illegitimate daughter, who totally starved of love and affection, bestows all her feelings on a pet wild duck. This is hardly the basis for a life-affirming and uplifting drama to begin with.

Now, IF one is truly dedicated to producing an ultimately depressing and charismaticless flick, Jeremy Irons and Liv Ullman would be the first two on your casting list. Henri Safran obviously thought so too. The actors, most of them in fact, are just on auto-pilot and about the only likely beneficiaries of this screen disaster would be students of the work of Henry Ibsen.


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