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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Diana Lady Broughton
... Josslyn Hay
... 'Jock' Delves Broughton
... Alice de Janzé
... Nina Soames
... Morris
... Lizzie
... Gilbert Colvile
... Jack Soames
... Gladys - Lady Delamere
Catherine Neilson ... Lady June Carberry
... Hugh
Alan Dobie ... Harragin
... McPherson
Jacqueline Pearce ... Idina
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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 »


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6 May 1988 (USA)  »

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Adeus, África  »

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Budget:

$5,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,538, 22 April 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,107,551
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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: These bankers are terrible, Abdullah.
Abdullah, Broughton's Servant: Yes, Bwana.
Sir Jock Delves Broughton: When it's dry they offer you no end of umbrellas; as soon as it starts raining they want them back.
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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 See 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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