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
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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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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