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The Woman He Loved (1988)

The love story between American divorcee Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, that ended in his abdication for the woman he loved.

Director:

Charles Jarrott

Writer:

William Luce
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Anthony Andrews ... Prince of Wales
Jane Seymour ... Wallis Simpson
Olivia de Havilland ... Aunt Bessie Merryman
Lucy Gutteridge ... Thelma
Tom Wilkinson ... Ernest Simpson
Julie Harris ... Alice
Robert Hardy ... Winston Churchill
Phyllis Calvert ... Queen Mary
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mona Bruce Mona Bruce ... Mrs. Baldwin
Richenda Carey ... Maud Kerr-Smiley
Elizabeth Counsell ... Katherine Rogers
Susan Denaker ... Connie Thaw
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ... Lord Perry Brownlow
Peter Graves ... Lord Reith
John Horsley ... Justice Sir John Hawke
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Storyline

The love story between American divorcee Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, that ended in his abdication for the woman he loved.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher que Ele Amou See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Towards the end Edward recites the poem "If I were king..." from Justin Huntly McCarthy's 1901 novel and play of that name filmed in 1938. Although these recount the life of medieval French poet Francois Villon, the poem is McCarthy's creation. See more »

Goofs

In one funeral flashback set in 1972, the coffin is carried in with the Duke of Windsor's flag, but the trumpeters have the "GR" cipher of George V, last used in 1936. See more »

Quotes

Wallis Simpson: I hope it doesn't rain and spoil everything.
Prince of Wales: I thought you like the rain.
Wallis Simpson: I was lying.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Bart the Murderer (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Vienna City Of My Dreams
(uncredited)
Music by Rudolph Sieczynski
Lyrics by Edward Lockton
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Rated Zzzz...
2 August 1999 | by eye3See all my reviews

A bad rehashing of the Edward VIII story with Jane Seymour glamming it up. CBS wanted another "lavish" mini-series so they just $$$$ all over the place.

First they scored Anthony Andrews, Seymour's leading man from 1982's "The Scarlett Pimpernel" - they sparked well there, despite CBS' best efforts. Here, he doesn't act; he simply imitates Edward VIII - and badly. It's embarrassing to watch.

Then, they scored two other actors: Robert Hardy yet again reprising Winston Churchill - somebody had seen him in 1981's "Winston Churchill: the Wilderness Years." He was the man himself in that production; here we see him only sitting and painting.

And then - for me this was the corker - CBS got David Waller to reprise his role as Stanley Baldwin from "Edward & Mrs. Simpson" - the 1980 British production that did this story right the first time. I saw that one, that was meaty work for everybody involved; here, Waller looked like somebody who just found out he was at the wrong party.


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