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Darlings of the Gods (1989)

Biographical dramatization of the tempestuous marriage of actors Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.

Director:

Catherine Millar

Writers:

Garry O'Connor (book), Roger Simpson | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Higgins ... Laurence Olivier
Mel Martin ... Vivien Leigh
Jerome Ehlers Jerome Ehlers ... Peter Finch
Rhys McConnochie ... Ralph Richardson
Anthony Hawkins Anthony Hawkins ... Cecil Tennant
Lindy Davies Lindy Davies ... Antonia Vaughan
Jackie Kelleher Jackie Kelleher ... Elsie Beyer
Nicki Paull Nicki Paull ... June Kelly
Barry Quin ... Dan Cunningham
Frederick Court Frederick Court ... Peter
Shane Briant ... Cecil Beaton
Martin Redpath Martin Redpath ... George
Judith Graham Judith Graham ... Mercia
John Higginson John Higginson ... Terence
Christine Harris Christine Harris ... Georgia
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Biographical dramatization of the tempestuous marriage of actors Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Country:

Australia | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az istenek kegyeltjei See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Not all that bad, recommended viewing for Vivien Leigh fans
22 May 2002 | by calvertfanSee all my reviews

First thoughts on this were - my goodness, they (the actors portraying Leigh and Olivier) look NOTHING like them! So I was very sceptical, but they really do grow on you, or at least Mel Martin does. Even if her accent hops from American ala GWTW, to refined English, to downright Cockney. She's certainly no Vivien Leigh, but she does do a fine job of portraying the actress, I will grudgingly admit. She never shines outright, never makes you think she IS Leigh, but she plays the character very well, as does the bloke playing Peter Finch. Olivier - eh, that's another kettle of fish.

If you've read the book, this is fun to watch. Especially so if you're a Melburnian, as there's plenty of lovely shots of our city, both in the 1989 movie, as well as 1948 archive footage.


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