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A Hazard of Hearts (1987)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 27 December 1987
When compulsive gambler Sir Giles Staverley has lost his estate and all his money playing dice, he realises that he only has one thing left of value: his daughter Serena. In a final game, ... See full summary »

Director:

John Hough

Writers:

Barbara Cartland (novel), Terence Feely (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Rigg ... Lady Harriet Vulcan
Edward Fox ... Lord Harry Wrotham
Helena Bonham Carter ... Serena Staverley
Fiona Fullerton ... Lady Isabel Gillingham
Neil Dickson ... Nicholas
Christopher Plummer ... Sir Giles Staverley
Stewart Granger ... Old Vulcan
Anna Massey ... Eudora
Eileen Atkins ... Lady Harriet's Maid
Gareth Hunt ... Joker
Marcus Gilbert ... Lord Justin Vulcan
Robert Addie ... Lord Peter Gillingham
James Gaddas ... Lord John Burley
Christopher Villiers ... Captain Jackson
Ben Aris Ben Aris ... Lieutenant of Dragoons
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When compulsive gambler Sir Giles Staverley has lost his estate and all his money playing dice, he realises that he only has one thing left of value: his daughter Serena. In a final game, he stakes his daughter's hand in marriage, convinced that this time he will not lose. Unfortunately, however, he does lose; to the evil Lord Wrotham. Unable to return home and tell his daughter that he has lost her in a game of dice, Sir Giles kills himself there and then. Lord Vulcan, who has witnessed the events, takes pity on Serena Staverley, although they have never met. He challenges Lord Wrotham to a game of dice in which the winner takes both Staverley Court and Miss Serena. Lord Vulcan wins and simply pleased that he has saved someone from the nasty Wrotham, he thinks no more about the event. One evening, however, Vulcan's friend Lord Peter Gillingham insists upon them going to Staverley Court to take a look at Vulcan's "prize." When arriving there, Vulcan finds Serena Staverley more ... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Herttaässä See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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You have here two actors who played separately with Patrick McNee in The Avengers and New Avengers series: Diana Rigg and Gareth Hunt. See more »

Goofs

Just after Justin asks Serena to marry him for the first time and he then walks toward the window, you can see a thin microphone being poked towards him as the walks away - the sound guy then realises it's in shot and pulls it back. See more »

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Lord Justin Vulcan: Are you afraid of love or merely of me?
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26 November 1998 | by pie-3See all my reviews

I have seen this movie more times than any other. My mother taped it off television and my sisters and I would watch it every day after school. I recently watched it again after not having seen it for several years, and despite my expectations of disappointment, I loved it just as much as ever. The old commercials are a kick too (pre-bunny Energizer commercials - TOO RIGHT THE EXTRAORDINARY ENERGIZER IT'LL SURPRISE YA!)

If you think, as I do, that Helena Bonham-Carter is one of the most charming faces and voices around, you will enjoy this young vision of her. And her eyebrows are more active here than anywhere else.


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