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Relative Values (2000)

PG | | Comedy | 23 June 2000 (UK)
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A man returns home with his bride-to-be, an actress, who turns out to be the sister of his family's maid.


Eric Styles


Noël Coward (play) (as Noel Coward), Paul Rattigan | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Andrews ... Felicity Marshwood
Edward Atterton ... Nigel Marshwood
William Baldwin ... Don Lucas
Colin Firth ... Peter Ingleton
Stephen Fry ... Frederick Crestwell
Sophie Thompson ... Dora Moxton 'Moxie'
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Miranda Frayle / Freda Birch
Stephanie Beacham ... Elizabeth
Gaye Brown Gaye Brown ... Lady Hayling
Anwen Carlisle Anwen Carlisle ... Alice
Kathryn Dimery Kathryn Dimery ... Mrs Crane
Charles Edwards ... Phillip Bateman-Tobias
Michael Higgs ... Film director
John Hinnigan John Hinnigan ... Stable boy
Patrick Marley Patrick Marley ... Hawkins


A comedy of discriminating taste and dirty little secrets, the story is set in 1952 England, where Nigel, Earl of Marshwood (Edward Atterton), woos Hollywood star Miranda Frayle (Jeanne Tripplehorn), upsetting his mother, Countess Felicity of Marshwood (Dame Julie Andrews), and her former love, fellow Hollywood star Don Lucas (William Baldwin). Right before the engagement party to be held at Marshwood, Dora Moxton "Moxie" (Sophie Thompson), the Countess' personal maid and best friend, reveals that Miranda is her estranged sister. Frederick Crestwell (Stephen Fry), the Countess' butler, quickly devises a plan, but an inebriated Lucas' arrival at Marshwood to try to talk to Miranda causes all chaos to break loose. Written by Q. Leo Rahman

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Did You Know?


While filming on the Isle of Man in 1999, the cast joined members of the public to watch the eclipse. This provoked such surprise that more people ended up watching Dame Julie Andrews than the eclipse. See more »


Nigel: She's English. Born and bred, you know.
Felicity Marshwood: Really? You'd never know. She does such a good job at hiding it.
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »


All my Love
Music by Paul Durand
French lyrics by Henri Contet
English lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Performed by Patti Page
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Nothing much has happened
26 June 2000 | by BritlawSee all my reviews

Near the end of this picture one of the characters says 'Well, nothing much has happened' and they were very right. This is a lightweight confection, mildly amusing at most and probably best suited to a female audience over 60.

It is certainly not from one of Coward's best plays and seems to hold back just when some broad farce (which it badly needed) was about to begin. The class theme and story seems terribly dated now as does the horror of an aristocratic family marrying an American (or so we are led to believe) but I suppose we have to remember this was written only a decade and a half after the King had to abdicate to marry an American.

Stephen Fry gives good value as the butler and Colin Firth is cast rather against type as a bitchy queen and has the best scene in the film with Baldwin, aping scenes from Casablanca.

Julie Andrews plays Julie Andrews as ever, so no change there then.

I'll be generous and give it 6/10.

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23 June 2000 (UK) See more »

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