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A Rather English Marriage (1998)

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A squadron leader and a retired milkman decide to bury their differences and move in together after they are both widowed on the same night. They become a companionable, if odd, couple ... See full summary »

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Paul Seed

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Andrew Davies, Angela Lambert (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Finney ... Reggie Conyngham-Jervis
Tom Courtenay ... Roy Southgate
Joanna Lumley ... Liz Franks
John Light ... Young Reggie
Joanna Scanlan ... Sister
Priyanga Burford ... Dr. Swann (as Priyanga Elan)
Ursula Howells Ursula Howells ... Mary
Katie Carr ... Young Mary
Aileen O'Gorman Aileen O'Gorman ... Grace
Iain Jones Iain Jones ... Young Roy
Caroline Carver ... Young Grace
Rebecca Clarke Rebecca Clarke ... Nurse
Laura Heath Laura Heath ... Felicity
Rosamund Pike ... Celia
Lucy Robinson Lucy Robinson ... Susan
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A squadron leader and a retired milkman decide to bury their differences and move in together after they are both widowed on the same night. They become a companionable, if odd, couple until their unlikely friendship is threatened by the arrival of an alluring woman with a hidden agenda. Written by <stripe@dds.nl>

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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A Rather English Marriage See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Television movie debut of Rosamund Pike (Celia). See more »

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Reggie Conyngham-Jervis: What did you tell her? What did you say to her?
Roy Southgate: Your nephew would have told her if I hadn't. She would have had to find out sooner or later. Only fair she should know. I mean, it's true, isn't it, about the house and that.
Reggie Conyngham-Jervis: Of course it's bloody well true, you bloody idiot, but you didn't have to spill the beans! She's gone now. Left me. Thanks to you, gone abroad. My last chance at happiness!
Roy Southgate: Perhaps you're better off without her. I mean, she was only after you because she thought you were rich...
Reggie Conyngham-Jervis:
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BBC production par excellence...
18 June 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay, reunited from 1983's "The Dresser", are just as impressive this time as two widowers, an elderly squadron leader and a retired milkman, who are put together by social services for convenience and companionship. Finney's blustery, randy woman-chaser, cheerfully bloated and lazy and horny, initially thinks of Courtenay as a prude, someone he can boss about. But efficient, humble Courtenay isn't willing to be a doormat, and Finney's appreciation of his housemate's quiet strength helps to produce a surprising friendship over time. Adaptation of Angela Lambert's book, produced for British television, is nimbly directed and edited, both frank and moving, providing the two justly-celebrated leads with rich character roles. Finney and Courtenay revel in these delicious dramatic opportunities and are a joy to watch.


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