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The Merry Wives of Windsor (1982)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | TV Movie 27 December 1982
When Sir John Falstaff decides that he wants to have a little fun he writes two letters to a pair of Window wives: Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. When they put their heads together and ... See full summary »

Director:

David Hugh Jones (as David Jones)

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Bennett ... Justice Shallow
Richard O'Callaghan ... Slender
Tenniel Evans ... Sir Hugh Evans
Bryan Marshall ... George Page
Richard Griffiths ... Sir John Falstaff
Gordon Gostelow Gordon Gostelow ... Bardolph
Nigel Terry ... Pistol
Michael Robbins ... Nym
Miranda Foster Miranda Foster ... Anne Page
Judy Davis ... Mistress Ford
Prunella Scales ... Mistress Page
Ron Cook ... Peter Simple
Michael Graham Cox Michael Graham Cox ... Host of the Garter Inn
Lee Whitlock Lee Whitlock ... Robin
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Mistress Quickly
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Storyline

When Sir John Falstaff decides that he wants to have a little fun he writes two letters to a pair of Window wives: Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. When they put their heads together and compare missives, they plan a practical joke or two to teach the knight a lesson. But Mistress Ford's husband is a very jealous man and is pumping Falstaff for information of the affair. Meanwhile the Pages' daughter Anne is besieged by suitors. Written by Kathy Li

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1982 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Director David Hugh Jones originally wanted to shoot the entire movie on-location in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's home town, but when this proved to be impossible, he had Production Designer Don Homfray design a house based on real Tudor houses associated with Shakespeare. Falstaff's room was based on the home of Mary Arden (Shakespeare's mother) in Wilmcote, and the wives' houses were based on the house of Shakespeare's daughter Susanna, and her husband, John Hall. For the background of exterior shots, he used a miniature Tudor village built of plasticine. See more »

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Version of Falstaff (1995) See more »

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Not as bad as all that
13 November 2006 | by flash-104See all my reviews

This production is not very good, but it's not quite as bad as I'd expected. Richard Griffiths holds up reasonably well in comparison to Anthony Quayle's portrayal in the BBC productions of Henry IV parts 1 & 2, though of course it's unfortunate that different actors portrayed the same characters in the different plays. Most of the other actors are reasonably competent, though not nearly as good as you'd expect from their work elsewhere. I agree that the direction is remarkably weak, with the denouement in particular being far too feeble to intimidate anyone, let alone Falstaff. But this was, after all, one of Shakespeare's weakest plays, allegedly written at royal command under severe deadline pressure.


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