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Red Rose (2004)

Robert Burns, national poet of Scotland is reduced to poverty when his many social marital affairs catch up with him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Robert Burns (as Michael Rodgers)
... Jean Armour
... Maria Riddell
... Lewars
Paul Cunningham ... Walter Riddell
Sean Arnold ... Edmund Burke
Andrew Armour ... Lord Miller (as Andy Armour)
Isla St. Clair ... Lady Miller
Christopher Adlington ... Doctor Maxwell (as Chris Adlington)
... John Mitchell
Thomas Hartley ... Captain Dodds
Zoe Davis ... Sara Maxwell
Robert Howat ... Thomas Muir
Seth Hardwick ... William Pitt
Stewart Preston ... Mr. Armour


Robert Burns, national poet of Scotland is reduced to poverty when his many social marital affairs catch up with him.

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December 2004 (Monaco)  »


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£64,000 (estimated)
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As Burns Lies ill in bed towards the end of the film, an exterior shot of the house clearly shows a Scottish Tourist Board sticker in the window and modern commemorative plaques on the wall. Through the open door a bright red fire alarm can be seen and the building next door has a modern Velux roof window. See more »


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New Approach to the Legend Robert Burns
26 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

I saw the film and thought the story brought a new image to the poet Robert Burns. It shows how he was put down by the establishment of the 1790's who were afraid of the political opinions he expressed on freedom, slavery and the rights of man in his poetry. It also explains how his demise was manipulated by the aristocracy who regarded his ideas as dangerous. His support of the French Revolution became known when he sent impounded Cannons to France from the famous shipwreck of the Rosamund during his work for the Scottish coastal tax authority. As the first film to be made about Robert Burns in 50 years, it is an excellent factual record of his life which has hitherto been lost in the round of Burns Suppers, Shortbread tins and Whisky covers. The script is cleverly woven in that it shows how he was lambasted by the Church and yet loved by his many female fans. Excellent record for Burns enthusiasts, who wont hear this story at Burns Suppers that's for sure. It is a brave attempt at correcting the myths about the man. Well Done Cutty Sark.

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