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Fortunes of War 

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... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Emma Thompson ...  Harriet Pringle 7 episodes, 1987
Kenneth Branagh ...  Guy Pringle 7 episodes, 1987
Charles Kay ...  Dobson 7 episodes, 1987
Mark Drewry Mark Drewry ...  Dubedat 5 episodes, 1987
Ronald Pickup ...  Prince Yakimov 4 episodes, 1987
Alan Bennett ...  Lord Pinkrose 4 episodes, 1987
Harry Burton Harry Burton ...  Sasha Drucker 4 episodes, 1987
Rupert Graves ...  Simon Boulderstone 3 episodes, 1987
James Villiers James Villiers ...  Inchcape 3 episodes, 1987
Robert Stephens ...  Castlebar 3 episodes, 1987
Ciaran Madden ...  Angela Hooper 3 episodes, 1987
Desmond McNamara Desmond McNamara ...  Galpin 3 episodes, 1987
Richard Clifford ...  Lawson / ... 3 episodes, 1987
Diana Hardcastle ...  Edwina Little 3 episodes, 1987
Christopher Strauli ...  Toby Lush 3 episodes, 1987
Greg Hicks ...  Aidan Pratt 3 episodes, 1987
Elena Secota ...  Sophie Oresanu 3 episodes, 1987
Magdalena Buznea Magdalena Buznea ...  Despina 3 episodes, 1987
Caroline Langrishe ...  Bella Niculesco 3 episodes, 1987
Vernon Dobtcheff ...  Hadjimoscos / ... 3 episodes, 1987
Mischa De La Motte Mischa De La Motte ...  Horvath 3 episodes, 1987
Nicholas Amer ...  Palu 3 episodes, 1987
Sam Dastor ...  Dr. Shafik 2 episodes, 1987
Clifford Rose ...  Professor Gracey 2 episodes, 1987
Patricia Quinn ...  Mona Castlebar 2 episodes, 1987
Glyn Grain Glyn Grain ...  Foxy Leverett 2 episodes, 1987
Claire Oberman Claire Oberman ...  Mortimer 2 episodes, 1987
Anthony Calf ...  Corporal Arnold 2 episodes, 1987
Esmond Knight ...  Liversage 2 episodes, 1987
Erin Donovan ...  Phil 2 episodes, 1987
Vladimir Mirodan Vladimir Mirodan ...  Nikko Niculesco 2 episodes, 1987
Jeremy Sinden Jeremy Sinden ...  Lord Lisdoonvarna 2 episodes, 1987
Relja Basic Relja Basic ...  Emmanuel Drucker 2 episodes, 1987
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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 Noble Bell <nbell@cc.memphis.edu>

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Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Koleje wojny See more »

Filming Locations:

Alexandria, Egypt See more »

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Runtime:

(7 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Yugoslavia stood in for the scenes set in Romania. See more »

Quotes

Toby Lush: Guy, you know what Harriet reminds me of? Those lines of Tennyson; "She walks in beauty like the night, Of cloudless climes and starry skies."
Guy Pringle: Byron.
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Featured in Timeshift: Alan Plater: Hearing the Music (2005) See more »

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Haunting performances, camera work, music
6 April 2004 | by dkbrownSee all my reviews

I've just watched Fortunes of War again after a 17 year gap and it is every bit as good as I remember it.

The fact that Branagh and Thompson's marriage fell apart in the 1990s adds poignancy to their acting of marital tensions here.

Much of the drama revolves around Harriet's struggle to get Guy to "see" her as a person in her own right, although Branagh's portrayal of Guy's grief is the emotional high point.

Two supporting roles deserve a special mention - Ronald Pickup as the (ultimately) lovable aristocratic rogue Prince Yakimov, and Alan Bennett as the blinkered, snobbish and self-important Lord Pinkrose. Thank God we were spared more than the first five words of his lecture!

Even the small roles (e.g. Simon's army physiotherapist) are beautifully played.

The camera work is also wonderful - particularly the final shot.

The only drawback of seeing it on video, as opposed to the original TV episodes, is that the haunting theme tune is only heard right at the end of the film.


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