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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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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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Did You Know?

Quotes

William: You will have nothing! Be no one!
Dorothea: But myself!
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Connections

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

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Emperor Walz
Johann Strauss
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Glorious New Zealand Gothic
26 November 2015 | by lews22See all my reviews

I watched this again after "What we do in the shadows" reminded me of it. It is aging very well, and for my money is a superior film to "What we do in the shadows". The combination of Gothic, noir and high camp works superbly. The sets and costumes (those dresses!) are wonderful, and the music matches the emotional tone perfectly. The cast amounts to an A list of NZ actors. Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Lisa Chappell make a superb pair of self-made ladies. Jennifer Ward-Lealand is particularly magisterial and easily carries the weight of the film's central character. The men are good too. Kevin Smith died tragically young, so any movie featuring him is a treasure. Michael Hurst is suitably sleazy as the corrupt MP and Cliff Curtis has a ball as the totally decadent Fraser. A great kiwi cast in a great kiwi film.


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