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The Clothes in the Wardrobe 

Margaret would really rather become a nun than a housewife, but the wedding is all arranged, the guests have begun to arrive, so what can be done?


Waris Hussein




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lena Headey ... Margaret
Padraig O'Loinsigh Padraig O'Loinsigh ... Nour (as Padraig Casey)
Britta Smith ... Mother Joseph
Catherine Schell ... Marie-Claire
Pierre Sioufi Pierre Sioufi ... Ahmed
Sherine El Ansari Sherine El Ansari ... Gypsy Girl
Julie Walters ... Monica
David Threlfall ... Syl
Joan Plowright ... Mrs. Monro
Jeanne Moreau ... Lili
Annabel Burton Annabel Burton ... Margaret as a Child
Maggie Steed ... Mrs. Raffald
John Wood ... Robert
David Gant ... Gallery Owner
Tommy Duggan Tommy Duggan ... Father O'Flynn


Boy meets Girl in Egypt. Girl is profoundly affected and returns to England where she apathetically becomes engaged to the 'boy' next door. A thoroughly unsuited couple. Lili, an old family friend arrives for the nuptials and enchants all and sundry, including the wife of one of her previous liaisons. Lili sees what the groom and the brides mother refuse to see and manages to resolve the situation to the brides great satisfaction. Written by SAK Farmer

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england | egypt | based on novel | See All (3) »




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This is the same film as the BBC TV movie, "The Clothes In The Wardrobe", screened in Britain in 1993. With a title change, the film got a cinema release in the US, like other productions made by BBC Films in the same period, such as "Persuasion". See more »


Monica: You're supposed to wish the bride happiness.
Lili: Happiness? Good God! No one should ever expect happiness from marriage. A few quiet moments, perhaps, if one is lucky... and an occasional day that doesn't incite you to murder.
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Lena Headley made my day.
5 October 2019 | by nickmayncSee all my reviews

Lena Headley in this movie. I love this face but I am not sure it's hers. Maybe it's a face managed for the role, told to look this and that way and act the role. I love that face. Then I go and look at Lena Headley as in Wiki and images and elsewhere and it's a totally different face which I cannot relate to at all. The glamorous type a la carte. Nothing so special. Déjà vu. Tattoos? Hmm.

So it's possible, and it happened to me before, to get "carried off" by an actor in her role, never to see this face again.

Anyway, as a result, I must love this movie which presents this lovely face, and all the actor's inner world and outer problems in the film seem natural and logical to me. There are so many layers to this girl and that is quite special.

Very well acted all around.

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Release Date:

20 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Summer House See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$161,542, 26 December 1993

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1.33 : 1
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