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White Mischief (1987)

In 1940s Kenya, a married couple join other affluent British expatriates in a lifestyle of recklessness and excess, but soon find themselves in a troubling situation.

Director:

Michael Radford

Writers:

James Fox (novel), Michael Radford (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greta Scacchi ... Diana Lady Broughton
Charles Dance ... Josslyn Hay
Joss Ackland ... 'Jock' Delves Broughton
Sarah Miles ... Alice de Janzé
Geraldine Chaplin ... Nina Soames
Ray McAnally ... Morris
Murray Head ... Lizzie
John Hurt ... Gilbert Colvile
Trevor Howard ... Jack Soames
Susan Fleetwood ... Gladys - Lady Delamere
Catherine Neilson Catherine Neilson ... Lady June Carberry
Hugh Grant ... Hugh
Alan Dobie Alan Dobie ... Harragin
Gregor Fisher ... McPherson
Jacqueline Pearce ... Idina
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Storyline

A millionaire past his prime, and his young wife, arrive in Kenya circa 1940 to find that the other affluent British expatriates are living large, as the homefront gears up for war. They are busy swapping partners, doing drugs, and attending lavish parties and horse races. She begins a torrid affair with one of the bon vivants, and her husband finds out and confronts them. The husband and wife decide to break up peacefully, but the bon vivant is murdered, and all the evidence points to the husband. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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White Mischief. A True Story. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adeus, África See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,538, 22 April 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,107,551
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

This motion picture's opening title card reads: "KENYA 1940". See more »

Goofs

The courtroom scenes include counsel shouting "Objection!" and the Judge replying "Sustained" or "Overruled" and occasionally ordering things "stricken from the record". These terms are routine in courts in the United States but are never heard in courts based on English jurisprudence, as was the case in colonial Kenya in 1941. See more »

Quotes

Sir Jock Delves Broughton: His sporting days are over. His little light is out. What used to be his sex appeal is now his water spout!
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Referenced in Celebrity Naked Ambition (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Alphabet Song
Written by George Fenton (uncredited)
Sung by Sarah Miles
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Period piece, 1940 British in Kenya, based on actual events.
5 December 2000 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

Why did I rent this movie? Because my friend Paul said it best shows off the "charms" of Greta Scacchi, who was in her late 20s when the filming was done. She truly is a stunningly beautiful woman, and the makeup and lighting are just perfect for her. Bare above the waist, in the sea, she is also striking.

Anyway, Scacchi plays the very young wife of an older, rich man, and they have traveled to Kenya where a lot of rich Brits hung out around 1940, trying to put world strife out of their minds. She flirts a lot, has an affair with a young playboy, and her husband doesn't take it well. Eventually the lover is found shot to death in his car.

You don't have a lot of latitude when making a film based on fact, however it implies that the most likely shooter was the old husband. The case never was solved. I enjoyed this film because of its faithfulness to the period, the beautiful Greta Scacchi, and a pretty interesting story. I rate it "7" of 10.


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