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Rebecca's Daughters (1992)

The film is set in Wales and concerns itself with the aristocracy who are taxing to common people to ruin. Naturally, a certain member of said aristocracy decided that all this is not on, ... See full summary »

Director:

Karl Francis

Writers:

Guy Jenkin, Dylan Thomas (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... Lord Sarn
Paul Rhys ... Anthony Raine
Joely Richardson ... Rhiannon
Dafydd Hywel ... Rhodri Hughes
Sue Roderick ... Sarah Hughes
Simon Dormandy Simon Dormandy ... Capt. Marsden
Clive Merrison ... Sir Henry
Keith Allen ... Davy
Donna Edwards ... Bessy
Robert Blythe Robert Blythe ... Sgt. Bridges
Desmond Barrit ... Jack Wet
Eiry Palfrey Eiry Palfrey ... Mrs. Wet
Huw Ceredig Huw Ceredig ... Mordecai Thomas
Brinley Jenkins Brinley Jenkins ... Sir Neil Watkyn
Jack Walters Jack Walters ... William Hughes
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Storyline

The film is set in Wales and concerns itself with the aristocracy who are taxing to common people to ruin. Naturally, a certain member of said aristocracy decided that all this is not on, chiefly because most of the money collected by the taxes etc is being spent on keeping Lord Sarn drunk. So Anthony Raine dresses up as a woman, calls himself Rebecca, and leads the common people to victory over their masters. Written by Dave B <dxb@cs.bham.ac.uk>

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Comedy

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Country:

Germany | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1992 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

As Filhas de Rebecca See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The second film based on a work by Dylan Thomas starring Peter O'Toole. The first one was Under Milk Wood (1971). See more »

Quotes

Anthony Raine: It seems to me we really do squeeze every last groat out of the farmers who use our roads.
Lord Sarn: We do our best.
Anthony Raine: Is it really necessary to have seven gates between St. Claire's and Pembroke?
Lord Sarn: Lunch!
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Maurice the Pig as himself See more »

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Cross-dressing against oppression
2 June 2000 | by hgallonSee all my reviews

The original screenplay for this film was written by Dylan Thomas, and this version by Karl Francis (a welshman himself) is appropriately absurd. The element of cross-dressing (not transvestism) involved earned the film a '15' certificate in the UK, perhaps not warranted by any other aspect of it.

Although based on true historical events, the real poverty and desperation of the period in which the film is set have been removed, and replaced with the standard characterisation of the Welsh as being unquestioningly religious, and given to mordant humour.

As can be imagined, a plot which involves men dressing up as women gives plenty of opportunities for ribaldry. Peter O'Toole is gloriously over-the-top as a drunken Lord, Simon Dormandy is a buffoonish cavalry officer, and the characters played by Dafydd Hywel, Sue Roderick, Huw Ceredig and even Joely Richardson have some nice earthy witticisms to deliver.

The welsh countryside in which the scenes were shot gives a nice light feel to the film, although it doesn't rain as much as ought to be expected; some local stately homes and buildings (such as Atlantic College) are impressive in the indoor sequences.

A nice evening's fun to watch.


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