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A Hazard of Hearts (1987)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 27 December 1987
When compulsive gambler Sir Giles Staverley (Christopher Plummer) has lost his estate and all of his money playing dice, he realizes that he only has one thing left of value: his daughter ... See full summary »


John Hough


Barbara Cartland (novel), Terence Feely (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Rigg ... Lady Harriet Vulcan
Edward Fox ... Lord Harry Wrotham
Helena Bonham Carter ... Serena Staverley
Fiona Fullerton ... Lady Isabel Gillingham
Neil Dickson ... Nicholas
Christopher Plummer ... Sir Giles Staverley
Stewart Granger ... Old Vulcan
Anna Massey ... Eudora
Eileen Atkins ... Lady Harriet's Maid
Gareth Hunt ... Joker
Marcus Gilbert ... Lord Justin Vulcan
Robert Addie ... Lord Peter Gillingham
James Gaddas ... Lord John Burley
Christopher Villiers ... Captain Jackson
Ben Aris Ben Aris ... Lieutenant of Dragoons


When compulsive gambler Sir Giles Staverley (Christopher Plummer) has lost his estate and all of his money playing dice, he realizes that he only has one thing left of value: his daughter Serena (Helena Bonham Carter). In a final game, he stakes his daughter's hand in marriage, convinced that this time he will not lose. Unfortunately, however, he does lose; to the evil Lord Harry Wrotham (Edward Fox). Unable to return home and tell his daughter that he has lost her in a game of dice, Sir Giles kills himself there and then. Lord Justin Vulcan (Marcus Gilbert), who has witnessed the events, takes pity on Serena Staverley, although they have never met. He challenges Lord Harry Wrotham to a game of dice in which the winner takes Staverley Court and Miss Serena. Lord Justin Vulcan wins and is simply pleased that he has saved someone from the nasty Wrotham, he thinks no more about the event. One evening, however, Vulcan's friend Lord Peter Gillingham (Robert Addie) insists upon them going ...

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Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Features two Bond Girls, Dame Diana Rigg and Fiona Fullerton, as well as Edward Fox, who played "M" in the unofficial James Bond movie, Never Say Never Again (1983). See more »


Just after Justin asks Serena to marry him for the first time and he then walks toward the window, you can see a thin microphone being poked towards him as the walks away - the sound guy then realises it's in shot and pulls it back. See more »


Lord Harry Wrotham: You're insane going with a man like that!
Joker: Would she be sane staying with a man like you?
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Referenced in Wogan: Episode #7.82 (1987) See more »

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Boy loses girl in card game, winner falls for girl.
12 February 2001 | by gv71See all my reviews

Good typical Regency romance. Excellent scenery and some good actors in the movie. Costumes could have been a little better but over all I enjoyed it. Except I can't believe they cut the ending where the guy never quite kisses the girl. Just an impression that he does it. Wish it was out on video

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27 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Herttaässä See more »

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