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Harnessing Peacocks (1993)

The beautiful Hebe Rutter (Serena Scott Thomas) has been cast out by her family after a teenage pregnancy to a masked stranger during a fiesta in Italy. She makes ends meet and pays for her... See full summary »

Director:

James Cellan Jones

Writers:

Mary Wesley (novel), Andrew Davies (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Serena Scott Thomas ... Hebe Rutter
Peter Davison ... Jim Huxtable
John Mills ... Bernard Quigley
Nicholas Le Prevost ... Mungo Duff
Renée Asherson ... Louisa Fox
Jeremy Child ... Julian Reeves
Brenda Bruce ... Amy Tremayne
Tom Beasley Tom Beasley ... Silas Rutter
Richard Huw Richard Huw ... Rory Grant
Abigail McKern Abigail McKern ... Hannah Krull
David Harewood ... Terry
Dilys Hamlett ... Lucy Duff
Marsha Fitzalan ... Alison Duff
Delia Lindsay ... Jennifer Reeves
Richard Mathews Richard Mathews ... Grandfather
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The beautiful Hebe Rutter (Serena Scott Thomas) has been cast out by her family after a teenage pregnancy to a masked stranger during a fiesta in Italy. She makes ends meet and pays for her son's school fees by cooking for old ladies and sleeping with a small syndicate of adoring men (the "peacocks" of the title, from Greek mythology). The story revolves around Hebe, her "clients", and their families, and set against a backdrop of village life in southwest England. There is a sub-theme of the antiques trade which draws some of the characters together, and ultimately resolves the mystery of Hebe's masked lover. Written by Crawford Logue <cjl@adl.dmt.csiro.au>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Befogott pávák See more »

Filming Locations:

Cornwall, England, UK See more »

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Color
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Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
(uncredited)
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Moore
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Engaging and winsome central character
23 March 2006 | by InMyOpinionSee all my reviews

I vaguely remember watching "Harnessing Peacocks" many years ago on North American television late at night while channel surfing, and ended up sitting through the entire movie by virtue of the compelling and winsome portrayal of the protagonist, Hebe, a single mom, disowned from a reputable family, whose charm and beauty provides for herself and her son. Although the movie surrounds Hebe with English reticence and middle-class respectability, Serena Scott Thomas's easy and affecting performance makes perfectly plausible the character's circumstances and the later plot developments concerning old friends and lovers. I actually do not recall much of the story, but I do remember with fondness Serena Scott Thomas's luminous Hebe.

In reference to jaykay3's desire for a DVD of "Harnessing Peacocks", there is one available in the UK; Amazon.co.uk currently sells it as of the writing of this review. It is a region 2 disk using the PAL video standard, so it will not play in a region 1 (USA) player on an NTSC TV. You can, however, get a region free DVD player that also has a built-in PAL/NTSC converter.


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