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The Lady and the Highwayman (1988)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, History | TV Movie 22 January 1989
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Swashbuckling tale of romance, betrayal, jealousy, banditry, murder, and court intrigue set in the 1660s, during the Restoration to the English throne of King Charles II.

Director:

John Hough

Writers:

Barbara Cartland (novel), Terence Feely (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Samms ... Barbara Castlemaine
Oliver Reed ... Sir Phillip Gage
Claire Bloom ... Lady Emma Darlington
Christopher Cazenove ... Rudolph Vyne
Lysette Anthony ... Lady Panthea Vyne
Hugh Grant ... Lord Lucius Vyne
Michael York ... King Charles II
John Mills ... Sir Lawrence Dobson
Ian Bannen ... Christian Drysdale
Robert Morley ... Lord Chancellor
Bernard Miles ... Judge
Gordon Jackson ... Harry
Gareth Hunt ... Coachman / Sgt. Potter
Steffanie Pitt Steffanie Pitt ... Martha (as Stephanie Pitt)
Floyd Bevan Floyd Bevan ... Jack
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Storyline

The young Lady Panthea Vyne (Lysette Anthony) falls in love with the handsome highwayman (Hugh Grant), who saves her from her brutal husband. He kills him in a fair duel. Later, when Charles II (Michael York) is reinstated as King of England, she attends the royal court. But here she becomes the enemy of the King's former mistress, and the plot against her thickens. Written by <uffe@enterpol.dk>

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Michael York and Oliver Reed appeared in The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974). In the same year that this movie debuted, the pair appeared in those movies' sequel The Return of the Musketeers (1989). See more »

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[first lines]
Lord Lucius Vyne: There's not much time, Milord. The boat back to France will be waiting in the next cove.
King Charles II: Lord Lucius, I am glad you persuaded me to risk coming out of exile in France to see for myself. I know now that the people are for me. They're sick of Cromwell and his Commonwealth! They want their Charles II. But you have made powerful enemies. When I am back on the throne, if you should need me, send me this.
[hands Lord Lucius his ring]
Lord Lucius Vyne: I am honored, sire, but I fear you will have enough ...
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Referenced in Hugh Grant: A Life on Screen (2019) See more »

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If you're thinking of buying the DVD...
5 January 2003 | by teelbeeSee all my reviews

Don't! Oh, I know it's cheap - looks like a real bargain, eh? NOT! Put the wallet down and don't throw away your money. It's not even worth the $1.25 it routinely lists for on EBAY and HALF.com.

In a decent print, this might be a fun bit of fluff. But, the DVD print is far from decent. It looks for all the world like an old re-copied and re-copied video tape. The poor video quality completely spoils the viewing experience - it's flat, muddy, blurry, and dark. I've never seen anything even remotely this bad in any retail video product, much less a DVD.

It wasn't the greatest material to begin with - the script, dialogue, and acting are a bit dodgy and *quite* stagy. Some worthwhile stars are not allowed to shine (Oliver Reed, Hugh Grant, Michael York, John Mills). However, the costumes and sets are really quite nice - pity we can't appreciate them in this release.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lady and the Highwayman See more »

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