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The Lady and the Highwayman (1989)

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

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 falls in love with the handsome highwayman who saves her from her brutal husband. He kills him in a fair duel. Later, when Charles the 2nd 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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A swashbuckling epic of the 17th Century. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

UK | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lady and the Highwayman See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

One of four filmed adaptations of Barbara Cartland novels directed by John Hough, all made for television, with the teleplays all written by Terence Feely. The tele-movies include Duel of Hearts (1991), A Hazard of Hearts (1987), A Ghost in Monte Carlo (1990) and The Lady and the Highwayman (1989). See more »

Quotes

[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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Worth every penny...and not a dime more!
2 June 2005 | by magyarcymreig-1See all my reviews

I picked this film up on DVD at WalMart for a dollar. I figured I couldn't go wrong with a swashbuckler and an all-star cast. There was nothing wrong with the acting as it turns out either. However, the dialogue is awful, the backstory is embarrassingly clumsily handled, and the lines are so wooden that Olivier couldn't make them sparkle. The story is based on a Barabara Cartland book as it turns out, and she's famous for QUANTITY, not QUALITY. I imagine this is pretty representative of her work. Still, for a buck, it was nice to see two of the 4 Musketeers again (Oliver Reed and Michael York) plus Hugh Grant with very, very bad hair.


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