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The Lady and the Highwayman (1989)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, History | TV Movie 22 January 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 (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 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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

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

Sir John Mills, Ian Bannen, Robert Morley, and Bernard Miles received "special guest appearance" credits. 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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great bodice-ripper yarn
19 April 2003 | by ignaziaSee all my reviews

Get a grip you guys - this is not supposed to be great theatre. It's a fun, tongue-in-cheek adaptation of your typical bodice-ripper tale only rather better done than most (I'm thinking of the American equivalent offerings such as "Black Swan" (1942) or any of Errol Flynn's efforts). True - the transcription to DVD is about the worst I've ever seen outside of old kung-fu movies but just enjoy it for what it is - an early airing of Hugh Grant's talents with some great supporting actors. Everyone takes their part extremely well - especially Christopher Cazenove as the slimy Rudolph Vyne.


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