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The Woman He Loved (1988)

The love story between American divorcee Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, that ended in his abdication for the woman he loved.

Director:

Charles Jarrott

Writer:

William Luce
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Anthony Andrews ... Prince of Wales
Jane Seymour ... Wallis Simpson
Olivia de Havilland ... Aunt Bessie Merryman
Lucy Gutteridge ... Thelma
Tom Wilkinson ... Ernest Simpson
Julie Harris ... Alice
Robert Hardy ... Winston Churchill
Phyllis Calvert ... Queen Mary
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mona Bruce Mona Bruce ... Mrs. Baldwin
Richenda Carey ... Maud Kerr-Smiley
Elizabeth Counsell ... Katherine Rogers
Susan Denaker ... Connie Thaw
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ... Lord Perry Brownlow
Peter Graves ... Lord Reith
John Horsley ... Justice Sir John Hawke
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The love story between American divorcee Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, that ended in his abdication for the woman he loved.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher que Ele Amou See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

David Waller previously played Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947) in Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978), which also dealt with the Edward VIII abdication crisis. See more »

Goofs

In one funeral flashback set in 1972, the coffin is carried in with the Duke of Windsor's flag, but the trumpeters have the "GR" cipher of George V, last used in 1936. See more »

Quotes

Wallis Simpson: I hope it doesn't rain and spoil everything.
Prince of Wales: I thought you like the rain.
Wallis Simpson: I was lying.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Bart the Murderer (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Vienna City Of My Dreams
(uncredited)
Music by Rudolph Sieczynski
Lyrics by Edward Lockton
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watchable, but a little bit flat
20 February 2009 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Anthony Andrews imitates Edward, Duke of Windsor (but slightly better than Edward Fox did in 'Edward and Mrs Simpson'), while Jane Seymour is a fairly OK Wallis Simpson, a little bit scheming and a little bit vulnerable. She's backed up by Aunt Bessie (Olivia de Havilland, note-perfect but hardly stretched), while he is supported by Winston Churchill (Robert Hardy, good as ever).

It's the usual story often presented in true TV-movie style, very glossy and very referential to the Royals. So nothing really scandalous or new here, and sadly the film remains flatly unemotional so there is no engagement with the plight of Wallis or Edward.

So it is a reasonable effort, watchable television, but nothing fabulous. 'Edward and Mrs Simpson', having the luxury of more time to tell the story, is better; 'Wallis and Edward', getting the casting and pacing wrong, is worse.


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