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(1989 TV Movie)

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A yawn biopic
mark2-121 December 2004
We bought this film as an inexpensive DVD here in Denmark mainly on the strength of Hugh Grant's name in the leading role.

When I looked here I saw, to my surprise, that no one has yet reviewed the film. Now that I have seen the film I know why.

This is an "Official" (that is what it says in the titles) Canadian-French co-production mini series in two parts. It is a biopic which tells the story of the Charles Heidsieck who opened the market for Champagne sales in America just prior to the American Civil War. He became known in America as Champagne Charlie. The film tells this story very slowly and in excruciating detail. Many of the actors are dubbed and/or are not very good actors or they are poorly directed by a director who has mainly some episodes of Star Trek and Stargate to his credit. Hugh Grant has a variety of accents during the film and a very narrow range of emotions to portray. He was apparently neither suited nor comfortable in this limited role. It is also a few years before Sense and Sensibility and Four Weddings and a Funeral, so he made up for this lapse with quite a vengeance later.

Alexandra Stewart, who has been in many a good film of directors like Truffaut, is seen hovering in the background in many scenes. I don't think she has a word of real dialog in the entire film. sic transit gloria mundi
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Champagne Charlie
invisigothds21 March 2006
Warning: Spoilers
I remember watching this when I was a kid and I loved it. I remember it was shown on a channel that usually did not have miniseries. I don't know if it was Fox or if it was syndicated. I was really into Anne of Green Gables, so I was happy to see Megan Follows in something else. I also thought Hugh Grant was charming. I didn't realize it was Hugh Grant until some years later. I always expected to see it again, but it never re-aired or came out on video. I've always wanted to see it again, to see if it was as good as my distant memory.

This was about Charlie trying to establish his business within the United States. There also was a love triangle between Hugh Grant's character, Megan Follow's character, and the woman who use to play the reporter from China Beach. Megan Follow's character was someone Charlie always knew and did not really pay attention to until she grew up. The China Beach lady played a Southern spy, I think. It's been too long since I've seen it.
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