Guy Pringle (Sir Kenneth Branagh) and his new wife, Harriet (Dame Emma Thompson), are members of the English community in Bucharest, Romania on the eve of World War II. After the war begins...
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September 1942. After fighting his first battle in the Western desert, Simon Boulderstone sets out in search of his brother, only to learn that he was killed in action. Guy returns from Alexandria to...
A woman who has lost her memory is taken in by a Los Angeles orphanage, and a private eye is enlisted to track down her identity, but he soon finds that he might have a past life connection to her that endangers their lives.
A love triangle develops between smart disaffected working-class husband Jimmy Porter (Sir Kenneth Branagh), his reserved upper-middle-class wife Alison (Dame Emma Thompson) and her arrogant best friend Helena Charles (Siobhan Redmond).
Young lovers Hero (Kate Beckinsale) and Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard), soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick (Sir Kenneth Branagh) and Beatrice (Dame Emma Thompson) to wed as well.
The murder of a Soviet defector forces his old handler, British spymaster George Smiley, out of retirement. His investigation leads to an old nemesis, the Soviet spymaster known only as Karla. This will be their final dance.
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Guy Pringle (Sir Kenneth Branagh) and his new wife, Harriet (Dame Emma Thompson), are members of the English community in Bucharest, Romania on the eve of World War II. After the war begins, they cross paths with diplomats, literary types, spies, penniless royals, gays, and lesbians, as they flee before the advancing Germany armies to Athens and then to Cairo.Written by
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I don't know where I was when this first came out on PBS or BBC, but I know where I was when we rented it and watched it recently. Riveted and delighted. I award Fortunes of War a 9.5, from the marvelous real world settings to the splendid acting by every member of this incredible ensemble...and the story is simply superb. I didn't give it a 10 because I can't think of a 10 film at the moment with which to even compare. Enough superlatives. Watch it and be entertained and enlightened. Kenneth and Emma are joys to behold, the predicaments and conflicts totally believable, the insidious creep of Nazi Europe frightening, the subsequent war scenes thankfully subdued but still realistic. Rent it, own it, view it. Again and again.
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