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White Mischief (1987)

R | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 6 May 1988 (USA)
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 ... 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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In England they were the elite, but bound by rules of society. In Kenya there were no rules, only glamour, decadence . . . and murder. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Kenya

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La ronda de los depravados See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,538, 24 April 1988

Gross USA:

$3,107,551

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,107,551
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Agfa-Gevaert)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was released five years after its source novel and investigative book of the same name by James Fox had been published. 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

Alice de Janze: Oh God, not another fucking beautiful day.
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Alternate Versions

On the home video VHS version of the film, a jazzy, swing style period song is substituted over the End Credits. In the original theatrical release, "The Alphabet Song" sung by Sarah Miles was used. On the UK DVD from Sony CDR11476, The Alphabet Song is back, along with the score by George Fenton. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Buried Treasures - 1992 Edition (1992) See more »

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The Alphabet Song
Written by George Fenton (uncredited)
Sung by Sarah Miles
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White Mischief
27 January 2001 | by shiksa-grrrlSee all my reviews

As a family member, related to the main character, Sir Jock obviously for myself, it was a very interesting piece to watch, having grown up with full knowledge of the story in its entirety.

It was fairly accurate, although, typically, like any Hollywood film, some artistic licenses were granted. In fact, in real life, Sir Jock, a typical aristocrat of his time, had been in other troubles before, such as insurance fraud, and to this day I am somewhat surprised even with his titles, money, etc, he actually got away with this crime, for everyone strongly feels he did do it.

"The Sixth Earl of Carnarvon, Lord Porchester, was a close friend of Sir Delves, and a horse-racing jockey. Upon hearing of Jock's acquittal, he sent the famous cable: 'HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS UNDERSTAND YOU WON A NECK CLEVERLY REGARDS PORCHEY'. "

I loved the film, loved the decadence, and from what I have been told, this was all very typical of its time in Happy Valley Kenya. I gather both the Queen, as well as Bill Wyman from the Rolling Stones, each called it their favorite film for that year. Anyone especially familiar with British life, humor, etc, would find this most interesting.

SHELAGH DELVES BROUGHTON


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