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Desperate Remedies (1993)

In a town called Hope on the edge of Britain's empire, desperations clash: the beautiful Dorothea Brook is desperate to free her pregnant sister Rose from the clutches of Fraser, a fortune ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Ward-Lealand ... Dorothea Brook
Kevin Smith ... Lawrence Hayes
Lisa Chappell ... Anne Cooper
Cliff Curtis ... Fraser
Michael Hurst ... Willam Poyser
Kiri Mills Kiri Mills ... Rose
Bridget Armstrong ... Mary Anne
Timothy Raby Timothy Raby ... Mr. Weedle
Helen Steemson Helen Steemson ... Gnits
Geeling Ching Geeling Ching ... Su Lim
Kate Bartlett Kate Bartlett ... Chorus #1
Johnny Bond Johnny Bond ... Chorus #2
Ann Coc-Kroft Ann Coc-Kroft ... Chorus #3
Maya Dalziel Maya Dalziel ... Chorus #4
Alison Du Fresne Alison Du Fresne ... Chorus #5
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Storyline

In a town called Hope on the edge of Britain's empire, desperations clash: the beautiful Dorothea Brook is desperate to free her pregnant sister Rose from the clutches of Fraser, a fortune hunter. A local politician, William Poyner, is desperate for cash and thinks marriage to Dorothea will save him. Dorothea hires Lawrence Hayes, a rough but handsome Argonaut, to bribe Fraser with jewels and to marry Rose; Hayes desperately loves Dorothea and may marry Rose to stay close to her. But Dorothea has a lover, the ravishing Anne Cooper, who encourages the match with Poyser to give the lovers cover. Are these remedies, each desperate in its turn, going to make anyone happy? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Will the boy get the girl! Will the girl get the girl! Desperate Times call for Desperate Remedies See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1993 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Soluciones desesperadas See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$69,695
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

William Poyser: Your wit is uncommonly sharp, Miss Cooper.
Ann Cooper: I have known what it is to want, Mr Poyser.
William Poyser: You were a governess, I believe, before.
Ann Cooper: Miss Brook freed me from that pension grind.
William Poyser: Certainly we've all come here to better ourselves.
Ann Cooper: If not to make ourselves better.
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Connections

Featured in Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill (1995) See more »

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Un Bal
from "Symphonie Fantastique"
Hector Berlioz
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Self-consciously quirky
19 December 2000 | by Reid-14See all my reviews

This is a self-consciously quirky film which sets out to be visually arresting and vigorously melodramatic. In the process, it comes close to unintentional humor in its bombastic style, primary color sets and incongruous moments of semi-nudity. In the end, though, Desperate Remedies is a stunning and delightful film, almost entirely due to the convincing, sexy, utterly charming acting by the entire cast.


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