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England, My England (1995)

In 1960s, a British playwright attempts to reconstruct the life of real life 17th century English composer Henry Purcell even though little is known about him. Purcell's life is reenacted and his music performed.

Director:

Tony Palmer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Callow ... Charles II
Michael Ball ... Henry Purcell
Rebecca Front ... Mary II
Lucy Speed ... Nell Gwyn
Letitia Dean Letitia Dean ... Barbara Palmer (Lady Castlemaine)
Nina Young ... Frances Purcell
John Shrapnel ... Samuel Pepys
Robert Stephens ... John Dryden
Terence Rigby ... Captain Henry Cooke
Bill Kenwright Bill Kenwright ... Bill
Murray Melvin ... Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury
Corin Redgrave ... William of Orange
John Fortune ... Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon
Guy Henry ... James II
Peter Woodthorpe ... Kiffen
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In 1960s, a British playwright attempts to reconstruct the life of real life 17th century English composer Henry Purcell even though little is known about him. Purcell's life is reenacted and his music performed.

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UK

Language:

English

Also Known As:

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Trivia

The last film of Robert Stephens. See more »

Goofs

One shot shows a stagehand turning a winch to lift Mary Tudor when she's playing Cupid. When she's being lowered, a shot shows the stagehand turning the winch in the same direction as previously. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Wharton: Opera is a danger you would do best to avoid.
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Connections

References Amadeus (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary (excerpt)
Music by Henry Purcell
Performed by English Baroque Soloists
Conducted by John Eliot Gardiner
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England My England
22 September 2006 | by jsbertolone-1See all my reviews

It is a wonderful film and Henry Purcell, one of the best English composers around,is a most fascinating composer to write about.

I would really like to buy a DVD or tape of this film but is finding it an impossible task.

I'm wondering where can one get a hold of it? This is merely a question about this film.

Can anyone tell me how I can get a DVD or tape of this movie?

It seems it is unavailable out there for the most part. Anyone who can help me in locating this film, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.


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