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In This House of Brede (1975)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 27 February 1975
A well-to-do London businesswoman gives up her comfortable life, including the man who loves her, to become a cloistered Benedictine nun.

Director:

George Schaefer

Writers:

James Costigan, Rumer Godden (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Rigg ... Philippa
Pamela Brown ... Dame Agnes
Gwen Watford ... Dame Catherine
Denis Quilley ... Sir Richard
Judi Bowker ... Joanna
Nicholas Clay ... David
Gladys Spencer Gladys Spencer ... Dame Emily
Charlotte Mitchell Charlotte Mitchell ... Mrs. Fraser
Elizabeth Bradley Elizabeth Bradley ... Dame Margaret
Ann Rye Ann Rye ... Sister Jane
Fanny Rowe Fanny Rowe ... Miss Bowman (as Frances Rowe)
Catherine Willmer Catherine Willmer ... Sister Renata
Dearbhla Molloy ... Dame Beatrice (as Dervla Molloy)
Yasuko Nagazumi Yasuko Nagazumi ... Mariko (as Yasuko Magazumi)
Janette Legge Janette Legge ... Barbara
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A well-to-do London businesswoman gives up her comfortable life, including the man who loves her, to become a cloistered Benedictine nun.

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Taglines:

When the Television Season is Over, People Will Look Back and Say One of Its Finest Moments Was 'Brede'."

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1975 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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Production Co:

Tomorrow Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Dame Is The Name Of The Game
22 May 2009 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

Almost 20 years before being proclaimed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Diana Rigg was portraying a dame of a very different order--that of a fully inducted member of a Benedictine abbey--in the 1975 TV film "In This House of Brede." Perhaps I should mention here that I have not read (Margaret) Rumer Godden's 1969 source novel, and can only comment on the film that I have seen. Many of my fellow reviewers here seem to feel that this televised version cannot hold a vestal candle to its original source, and that does not surprise me; isn't the book always fuller, richer, deeper? Still, what HAS been put on screen still offers much. Here, Diana plays Philippa Talbot, a British businesswoman who has suffered some genuine tragedies in her life and who finds her current lot empty and meaningless. Thus, her application to Brede, where we follow her, over the course of nine years, as she progresses from postulant to novice to junior to dame. Her life at Brede is made complicated by the jealousy and mistrust of elderly Sister Agnes, by the arrival of a group of Japanese girls whom she must instruct, and most especially by the advent of Joanna, a young postulant (well played by Judi Bowker) who arouses Philippa's maternal instincts. Although all the actresses on display here are quite good, it is Diana Rigg, naturally, who takes top honors. How exceptional she is, especially in her emotionally conflicted scenes with Joanna, in her final moments with Agnes, and in her touching scenes with (head Mother) Catherine (again, nicely played by Gwen Watford). Dame Philippa is about as different a role as can be imagined from a certain supersexy secret agent that Rigg had popularized eight years earlier, and to the actress' great credit, she makes a very convincing job of it. Only...just one question from this Jewish reviewer: Do all cloistered nuns wear so much freakin' lipstick?!?


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