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St. Ives (1998)

In 1813, Capitaine Jacques St. Ives, a Hussar in the Napoleonic wars, is captured and sent to a Scottish prison camp. He's a swashbuckler, so the prison's commander, Major Farquar ... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Hook

Writers:

Allan Cubitt, Robert Louis Stevenson (short story "St. Ives")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Marc Barr ... Captain Jacques de Keroual de Saint-Yves
Miranda Richardson ... Susan Gilchrist
Richard E. Grant ... Major Farquhar Chevening
Anna Friel ... Flora Gilchrist
Michael Gough ... Comte de Saint-Yves
Cécile Pallas Cécile Pallas ... Mathilde
Jason Isaacs ... Alain de Keroual de Saint-Yves
Tim Dutton ... François
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Bonnefoy
Barney Craig Barney Craig ... Linlithgow
Desmond Barrit ... Biggerstaff
Patrice Melennec Patrice Melennec ... Couperin
Adrian Scarborough ... Le Bon
Chris McHallem Chris McHallem ... Gautier (as Christopher McHallem)
Enda Oates ... Duelling Office
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Storyline

In 1813, Capitaine Jacques St. Ives, a Hussar in the Napoleonic wars, is captured and sent to a Scottish prison camp. He's a swashbuckler, so the prison's commander, Major Farquar Bolingbroke Chevening, asks for lessons in communicating with women. Both men have their eyes on the lovely Flora, who resides with her aunt, the iconoclastic and well-traveled Miss Susan Emily Gilcrist. By chance, living close to the camp is Jacques's grandfather and brother, whom Jacques believes died years before. Jacques decides to escape, find his relatives, and win the hand of Flora; Major Chevening and an unforeseen enemy stand in his way. Can Miss Gilcrist contrive to make everything work out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality/nudity and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Germany | Ireland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1998 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A szerelem mindenek előtt See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of eight (8) films available on the 2012, 2-DVD set, "British Cinema Collections: 8 Acclaimed Films". The films are:

Disc 1: "Love Among the Ruins" (1975), "The Inheritance" (1997), Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" (1948), and Robert Louis Stevenson's "ST. IVES" (1998).

Disc 2: "School for Seduction" (2004), "Dirty Pretty Things"" (2002), "Rogue Trader" (1999), and "Rowing with the Wind" (1988). See more »

Quotes

Francois: Beauty is only skin deep.
Jacques St. Ives: That's it. Our friendship is over. I cannot love a man who loves a cliche.
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Connections

References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Quartet No. 15, Minuetto Trio
By Niccolò Paganini (as Paganinin)
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A delight
29 December 2003 | by jost-1See all my reviews

This is a lighthearted, colorful romp set in an interesting historical time period....the final years of Napoleon's reign. Lively performances by all the principals, in particular Miranda Richardson's naughty but nice, "liberated" bon vivant and the wonderful comic touches of Richard Grant's character (cracked me up several times, especially the wedding scene) which contribute significantly to its overall success. Stunning, vibrant color...those British redcoats never looked so red, Flora's buttercup yellow dress, a vision. Next, I read the book and meet Robert Louis Stevenson's characters all over again.


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